Enemy Pie (Friendship) Writing Activities

October 16, 2011

Enemy Pie (Friendship) Writing Activities

October 16, 2011
Our school has just launched its first “Principal’s Book of the Month” and it’s Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson. If you haven’t read it, this book is seriously cute and a wonderful read! My students LOVED it! I loved the message behind it (not going to say more and give anything away, in case you haven’t read it before!).

In efforts to build a reading community within our school, everyone will read this book…from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 5. Each class will complete a writing project related to the story. So I made some writing prompts for my students…

…and wanted to share them with you!

Here’s a quick overview of some of the printables:

We just completed the Recipe for a Great Friendship activity on Friday afternoon. The kids’ recipes were adorable…”4 cups of playing soccer, 2 tablespoons of going to the park”. It provided a nice opportunity to teach a mini-lesson on units of measurement too (since many of the terms were new to my ELL students).

On Monday, we’ll be working on one of the four writing prompts (I like to give my students a lot of choice, since their writing skills represent a very wide range)…


I have to tell you, I did slip in one prompt that is very ELL-newcomer-oriented (“Think of a friend you had in your country. What were some of the things you liked to do together?”). This is always a must with my class, since we are often talking about their experiences in their countries (one of the perks of being an ELL magnet teacher, it’s truly fascinating to hear their stories!). I included it just in case you are working with a similar population, or have some newer ELL students in your class.

And, because I love signs (as you know!) I’m also sharing a sign that I’ll be putting with the writing display:

I really hope this is something you can use with your class, for Enemy Pie or maybe just a basic friendship writing prompt activity!

I’m sharing this file for free like so many of my others, but I am linking it on my NEW (yay!) Teacher’s Notebook Shop:
Teacher's Notebook
I would love to hear what you think if you choose to download it. Thanks so much for reading, I hope you all have a relaxing and happy weekend! 🙂

18 Comments

  • Erica Bohrer October 16, 2011 at 1:02 am

    This is one of my favorite books!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

  • Kristin October 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I do not know this book — Can't wait to read it!!! CUTE activities, by the way!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Gladys October 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I LOVE this book! Our counselor does a lesson on this book every year…your activities are perfect! Thanks sooo much!

  • chlorophyll October 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I've been a follower of your blog for a while now but this is my first comment. Just want to say the way you manages your blog, its content and your willingness to share is IMPRESSIVE!!

  • Pat's Paper Passion October 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Love the book. I use it as a teaser in my letters to students at the beginning of school. It is a good example of narrative writing which we do for the state writing test in Feb.
    Thanks for the free activities.

  • Pat's Paper Passion October 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Tried to find a link for the files, but all there was were pngs.

  • Kristen October 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the sweet comments 🙂

    Chlorophyll, thank you so much–your words mean a lot to me!

    Pat, they're in my TN store for free: http://teachersnotebook.com/shop/LadybugTeacher

  • Dianne October 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Congratulations on opening your new shop! I will be a frequent follower! I also LOVE the Enemy Pie activities. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Dianne @ http://hopelesslydevotedtoteaching.blogspot.com/

  • Natalie Kay October 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    These printables are great! Congrats on your new store!!

  • Janine October 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    If you go to storylineonline.com, you can hear Enemy Pie read by Cameron Manheim from The Practice. I love this book and I use Storyline Online all of the time for many of my read alouds! Check it out!

    Faithful in First

  • Literacy Teacher October 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have used this book in the past with 4th graders! Great Ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mrs. Miner October 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Super! We are starting a unit on friendship next week!
    Krissy
    Mrs.Miner’s Monkey Business

  • Jennifer October 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    WAY cute! I don't know this book- putting it on my BN wish list!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  • Lisa October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Tell me more about the book of the month activity…I'm a literacy coach and would love to do that in my school!

  • Jennifer October 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Love it! I shared it at Simply Learning Centers.

  • Rorey Risdon November 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This is such a great idea. I am going to suggest it to my principle and hopefully we can implement something like this in our school soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marybelle May 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    LOVE IT! We just read this book and I love your take on it! I too teach ELLs and am always looking for ways the students can share their experiences. Your ELL prompt was PERFECT.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    You are an inspiration!

  • Cindy Baker April 7, 2013 at 4:14 am

    This is great. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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