Sunday, January 10, 2016

Books Teachers Love {February}

Alright, let's just start with the fact that February books make my heart so happy it hurts! My favorite holiday to celebrate with  my students in Valentine's Day. It's not because of the cookies and candies and cards, but because we get to continue showing our love of being a classroom family. 
My book is, The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. If you are wondering why the cover is so cute, it's because this book is illustrated by the same person that drew the pictures for If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie!
Here are the steps for how I use the activity with this lovely story! Now I am going to show you the different steps up close and personal. 
Let's just pause for a moment to look at the first page. My kids were *hooked* because of the beautiful photo and thought that one day, it could actually rain hearts!
The activity that I created to accompany this story is one from the heart (cue the pun). I am so *BIG* on doing as many social skills activities with my class that time allows for that the kids probably think I am the guidance counselor. 
Here are some of the sweetie pie hearts that were written for the students in the class. #iminlove.
I got a small bin to put the heart notes in and each week the students write their names on the "To:" line. We mix them up and each student picks a name. We start doing this the first Friday that we get back from winter break all the way up to the Friday before Valentine's Day. 

On Valentine's Day, the heart notes go into the student's Valentine's Day boxes. We have a conversation prior to starting this that it's alright that they will only be getting 6/7 hearts and that we're grateful for any compliments that we receive. I also tell the students that they never have to wait to give a compliment to a friend (meaning, verbally!).
On Valentine's Day the students fill out this compliment card after they read all of their hearts. It's just a way of getting the kids to really  be proud of the hearts and something extra special that goes home with them (along with the hearts).
And that's not it, friends! We even illustrate the cover of the story too! I ask the kids to draw the cover with themselves on it. Let me just tell you know, these are some of the best pieces of art that you might ever see. They are so sweet!
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8 comments:

  1. I've actually never heard of this story, but it looks so adorable! What a great activity to help spread kindness during the month of February! Thank you for sharing, Melissa!

    Ashley
    One Sharp Bunch

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  2. What a perfect way to practice kindness!
    Thanks,
    Kristen

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  3. OMGsh, this is absolutely PRECIOUS and such a great way to integrate social skills and manners into daily learning. I am in love with this!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Stephanie

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  4. I LOVE this activity so much, and those drawings just melt my heart! So sweet :)

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  5. I LOVE this activity so much, and those drawings just melt my heart! So sweet :)

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  6. This is one of my favorite books. Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  7. cute idea. I have each student write their name in the center of a large heart. we then fold it up, stand in a circle and throw them high in the air. Students then choose ONE heart and write a friendly letter to the person whose name is on the heart telling them something nice. I love your idea of doing this multiple times.

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