Please, Mr. Panda Activities

Practice polite behavior with Novel Effect’s Please Mr. Panda activities. They engage students in letter and sound recognition, cause and effect, and other literacy skills.

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49 pages

Grades PreK-3


When someone shows kindness, what do we say and do? What are the best ways to respectfully ask others for something? It takes practice to know when to say please and thank you to others. These Please, Mr. Panda activities will give students plenty of practice in politeness. 

The no-prep book activities are the perfect complement to Please Mr. Panda Novel Effect read-alouds. In addition to practicing politeness through literacy skills, these activities will keep students engaged. With these activities, students will be able to:

  • trace letters and sentences.
  • recognize the letter ‘p’ in upper and lowercase forms.
  • illustrate story elements.
  • reflect on appropriate manners.
  • write polite phrases. 
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • identify a cause and effect.
  • define story terms.
  • write a thank you letter.
  • act out story scenes.
  • complete panda building craft.
  • practice fine motor skills: cutting, gluing, tracing.
  • apply speaking skills: discussion prompts, discussion dice.
  • apply writing skills: writing prompts and templates.
  • role play scenarios. 
  • draw a panda with a directed drawing activity. 

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

About the Book

Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to ‘please’ and ‘thank you.” Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda’s doughnuts? 

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