The Very Quiet Cricket Read Aloud Books and Activities for Special Education

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



The Very Quiet Cricket is the focus of this read-aloud literacy unit developed for students in special education and has 6 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 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 about saying hello, which goes perfectly with this story and is great for students with autism and special learning needs.


***** This unit includes digital versions of the activities, 22 Google slides, and a video of the book read aloud.


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The Very Quiet Cricket Read Aloud Literacy 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
  • Saying Hello social story (PowerPoint)
  • Links and directions to digital activities




  • Storyboard
  • 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
  • Sequence how to say hello



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 assimilate what is being taught fully. Also, adding visual support 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.