The Very Lonely Firefly Literacy for Special Education with digital activities


The Very Lonely Firefly is the focus of this literacy 70+page with 32 google slides unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany this book, The Very Lonely Firefly. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Very Lonely Firefly. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this firefly as he looks for his friends. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Very Lonely Firefly activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also a 15 page social story and activity addressing the concept of being lonely which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.

*****I have added 32 google slides and movies to this unit. There is a video of the book read aloud and a movie version of the book on fireflies and the social story on being alone.

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The Very Lonely Firefly Unit Includes:

  • movie version of book read aloud
  • 20 symbol storyboard
  • Circle map on different forms of light * (includes digital version)
  • Compound words activities (2 levels) * (includes digital version)
  • Comprehension check (includes digital version)
  • Non-fiction 14 page story on fireflies (includes movie version)
  • Firefly circle map * (includes digital version)
  • Labeling parts of a firefly (includes digital version)
  • 15 page social story on Being Lonely (includes movie version)
  • Coloring examples of being alone (3 worksheets) * (includes digital version)

* : color and BW versions provided
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.

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★★★Please consider checking out my other Literacy units:

The Grouchy Ladybug
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Tiny Seed
The Very Busy Spider
Mister Seahorse
The Greedy Python