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We Will Rock Our Classmates Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for We Will Rock Our Classmates will love this post. It recommends teaching resources, suggests teaching ideas, and offers information about the book. All of this information will help you plan your next interactive read aloud lesson.

With themes of courage and positive self-talk, this We Will Rock Our Classmates picture book by Ryan Higgins is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students will love it too!

Engage Your Students with We Will Rock Our Classmates Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of We Will Rock Our Classmates.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with We Will Rock Our Classmates reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

WE WILL ROCK OUR CLASSMATES SUMMARY

Sometimes Penelope Rex feels like her classmates only see her as a dinosaur. They don’t see all the fun things she likes to do, like reading, drawing, playing games and making music. When Mrs. Noodleman tells the class about the upcoming talent show, Penelope realizes this is her chance to show her classmates who she really is. She wants to rock her classmates! 

 

Although she is nervous, Penelope signs up for the talent show. She is so excited and it is all she can think about and talk about. When it is time for the dress rehearsal, Penelope starts to think about how she might not be a rockstar after all. She freezes on stage because she is so nervous! The next day, Penelope crosses her name off the talent show sign up sheet. 

 

That night, Penelope’s father shows her all of the great things family members have accomplished. This helps Penelope see they are so much more than just dinosaurs. She decides to put her name back on the list the next day. As she makes her way over to the sign-up sheet, her classmates ask if they can be part of her band! 

 

At the talent show, Penelope shows everyone how she is a rock star! Although her band doesn’t win, Penelope is happy she was able to show her class who she really is.

WE WILL ROCK OUR CLASSMATES LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based We Will Rock Our Classmates reading comprehension questions focus on: 

  • summarize / retell
  • analyzing character
  • making connections
  • plot | problem – solution
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • courage
  • positive self-talk

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • proper nouns
  • suffixes
  • types of sentences
  • compound words

WE WILL ROCK OUR CLASSMATES ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
elementary students listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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We Will Rock Our Classmates book cover and sequencing worksheets

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for We Will Rock Our Classmates?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD540L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ryan Higgins.

What genre is We Will Rock Our Classmates?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 48 pages long.

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