For Teachers and Librarians


Free On Spec Teachers’ Tool-kit Download

On Spec editors and teachers Robin Carson and Barb Galler-Smith have created a Teachers’ Tool-kit based the short story “Space Monkeys” by Ryan M. Williams, which appeared in On Spec Summer 2011. A science fiction story, it centres around a father connecting with his autistic son through a mail order kit of ‘space monkeys’.

Who are the teachers that would benefit from the Teachers’ Tool-kit?: The tool-kit is a full teaching plan that any teacher can use if they feel it’s a fit for their classroom, including as an exercise a substitute teacher can present to students.

Who are the students intended for the Teachers’ Toolkit?: Space Monkeys” is intended for both students who are advanced readers in elementary school (grades 4 to 6) and reluctant readers in junior high (grades 7 to 9).

What does the package include?

  • The short story “Space Monkeys”
  • discussion points for students and an analysis of the story
  • researched links on autism
  • a word finder and crossword, and more!
  • NEW! You can download an audio-play version of “Space Monkeys” here, produced by Teddy Edwards.

Download the Tool-kit Here!


You can get a digital copy of On Spec Summer 2011 (containing “Space Monkeys” and other great stories) through Weightless Books.

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