Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Lesson Plan and Book Companion
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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli is perfect for Valentine's Day! Designed for whole group, this comprehensive lesson plan is packed full of engaging opportunities for students to analyze the main character at the beginning, middle, and end of the story . This download is loaded with options to customize for the perfect-fit lesson for your class. A wide variety of standards-based book companion activities can be done at a time that works best for your students!

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to describe how Mr. Hatch changes throughout the story by analyzing key events.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch offers several opportunities for students to describe how Mr. Hatch changes from beginning to end. Along with discussing his traits and behaviors, a graphic organizer will be used to capture “snapshots” of Mr. Hatch's changes so that students notice how he is different from beginning to end. At the end of the lesson, students will respond to the the following prompt independently: How does Mr. Hatch change from beginning to end? Several differentiated assessment options are included.

**Be sure to check out the preview of this lesson for a more in-depth look at what you’ll get with this 54-page download!!**

For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with skill rationale/teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, text-dependent questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.

Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question, student friendly objective, and questions to post for visual learners.

There are tons of extras and extensions to be used after the lesson for more fun and learning!

  • 5 colorful vocabulary cards and 4 blank cards
  • Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues
  • Vocabulary activity options and photographs representing each word
  • Students sequence story events on post-its, independently or in pairs. Just print one page of post-its per group. Students sort and stick on a sentence strip. Then, practice retelling the story orally.
  • For those who are ready, students summarize the story through writing. If needed, students can use the retelling post-its to organize story events before writing.
  • Students write a letter to Mr. Hatch or to a friend for Valentine’s Day. Several letter templates are included.
  • Students discuss and respond to interpretive questions. These questions do not have a single correct answer. Instead, students support their claim with text evidence and personal reasoning. These questions would be great in a discussion format before students independently write. Three options are included.
  • Students describe how the point of view would change from the vantage point of different characters (Mr. Hatch, Co-workers, Mr. Todd, and Neighborhood kids), describing Mr. Hatch after he received his special package.
  • Students determine the theme of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and support the inferred theme with text evidence.
  • Mr. Hatch performed several acts of kindness. Students brainstorm and write about a special act of kindness they can perform on or around Valentine’s Day.
  • A simple craft is included if you would like to display students’ work. Just print one heart template per student. Students fold and cut and then write about/illustrate their act of kindness inside. Staple to a bulletin board, leaving the flap open to display each students work!
  • Students write about what they would do if a box of chocolates were delivered to them. There is space to write and illustrate.

Thank you for checking out this lesson plan! Please let me know if you have any questions before purchasing.

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Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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