Title: The Biggest Valentine Ever
Author: Steve Kroll
Age: School Age
Description: Two friends from class decide to make a valentine for their teacher together. Working together proves to be quite challenging…
What I like about this book: It’s a cute thematic story for Valentine’s Day with a social focus.
- Pragmatics/Social Language
- “Wh” Questions
- Narrative/Story retell
- A great book for discussion of teamwork and working together. Have students talk about what is hard when working together, what makes it fun, etc.
- Discuss ways to help make working together go more successfully: making a plan, “asking” vs. “telling,” giving compliments, looking at friends’ faces to determine how they are feeling, etc.
- Role-play different scenarios in the story when the two mice are not getting along. Discuss what they could have done differently. What language could they use if they don’t like someone’s idea? (vs. what the mice do “you put too much glitter! Why did you make a heart in the middle?!). Discuss the effects of tone of voice. What if the mouse said it with a different tone of voice? Would that change the situation? Use thinking and speaking bubbles to help teach these concepts.
- Have students work in pairs to make the valentine that was made in the story (a mouse out of 5 paper hearts). A context to help support the above stated skills…(tone of voice, negotiation, etc.)
- Have students retell the story working on story grammar elements (characters, setting, initiating event, etc.). Pair with the Story Grammar Marker.
Submitted by: Meghan Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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