The Very Busy Spider Read Aloud Books and Activities for Special Education

Total Pages: 64 plus 32 google slides
File Size: 2 MB



The Very Busy Spider is the focus of this read-aloud literacy unit developed for students in special education and has 7 activities to go with the book.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Very Busy Spider.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this very busy spider as she spins her web. This repetition encourages deeper engagement with the book.


Finally, many of The Very Busy Spider activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and presentation options. There is also a social story about waiting and what “just a minute” really means.


***This unit includes 32 google slides that are digital versions of all the activities.


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The Very Busy Spider Read Aloud Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in two complete files: one in color and one in black and white.


In the zipped folder, you will find:

  • Activities in color
  • Activities in black and white
  • Just a Minute social story (PowerPoint)
  • Links and directions to digital activities




  • Vocabulary board
  • Circle map on spiders
  • Animal sound matching activity
  • Story sequencing
  • Sequencing building a web
  • Comprehension check activity
  • Art activity: Fly swatter art ★★(KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!!)★★
  • Picture Recipe: spider snacks
  • Social story on waiting: Just a Minute
  • Just a minute or longer sorting activity



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.