We Don't Eat our Classmates Literacy Unit Special Education Back to School


Total Pages 30 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


We Don’t Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book is great for back to school. This unit has various activities to accompany the book We Don’t Eat our Classmates. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading We Don’t Eat our Classmates. There are many opportunities for students to listen to this story about Penelope Rex who has to learn that it is not okay to eat the kids in her class even though they are delicious.


*****This unit includes 12 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.


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We Don’t Eat our Classmates Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map being a good friend (includes digital version)
  • Sorting foods you can and cannot eat (includes digital version)
  • Sorting good and bad foods (to you) (includes digital version)
  • Matching animals to the foods they eat (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: What I like to eat (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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 fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports 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, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.


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