We Don’t Eat Our Classmates Activities

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates activities are not just an educational tool. They are an invitation to explore, engage, and grow with Penelope Rex and her classmates.

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42 pages

Grades PreK-3


Immerse yourself in Penelope Rex’s world with engaging We Don’t Eat Our Classmates activities that promote creativity, comprehension, social-emotional learning, and critical thinking skills. This dynamic set of activities is perfect for back-to-school preparation and reinforces skills necessary for the year.

Illustrations, writing captions, tracing and labeling characters, and sequencing the story foster a robust understanding of the narrative. By challenging students to think about character traits, problem and solution, and cause and effect within the narrative, it extends comprehension. Interacting with the story helps kids learn empathy and respect for others.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • illustrate characters.
  • trace words.
  • label characters.
  • illustrate story elements.
  • write captions for characters.
  • write character traits for penelope and walter.
  • sequence the story.
  • write about the problem and solution.
  • write about cause and effect.
  • reflect on the story’s lesson.
  • interview a classmate. 
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • apply reading comprehension skills with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • role-play different friend-making scenarios.
  • review the story with a digital game.

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. 

💙 Take a bite out of back-to-school learning with community building activities designed to start the school year on a friendly note.

💙Immerse young learners in activities that foster a sense of classroom community, and dive into your Novel Effect app to enrich the learning journey with a captivating soundscape.

About the Book

It's Penelope Rex's first day of school, and she's excited to meet her classmates. It's not easy to make friends with humans when they're so tasty! Then Penelope finds out she's not at the top of the food chain after all when she gets a taste of her own medicine. This hilarious story will teach readers the importance of making friends in a new school year. 

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