The Very Quiet Cricket for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL

Total Pages: 62 plus 22 google slides
File Size: 2 MB



The Very Quiet Cricket is the focus of this literacy 60+page unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany this book, The Very Quiet Cricket. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Very Quiet Cricket. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the travels of this cricket as he tries to say hello to friends he meets. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Very Quiet Cricket activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also a social story on saying hello which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.

****There are now digital versions of the activities in this unit. There are now 22 google slides and a video of the book read aloud.

***See Preview for a detailed look at this unit.***


The Very Quiet Cricket Unit Includes:

  • 22 google slides and video of the book read aloud
  • 12 symbol storyboard to use while reading The Very Quiet Cricket**
  • The Very Quiet Cricket story cards to use with small groups **
  • Insect size sequencing activity **
  • Cricket facts circle map **
  • Quiet/loud sorting activity **
  • The Very Quiet Cricket comprehension check **
  • The Very Quiet Cricket tissue paper craft
  • Social story on saying hello
  • Sequence how to say hello

* : 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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I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

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

The Grouchy Ladybug
Mister Seahorse
The Tiny Seed
The Very Busy Spider
The Greedy Python
Mister Seahorse
The Very Lonely Firefly