read alouds

February Edition: Books Teachers Love

This month, I am coming to you with the most adorable book! It is super comical and kids will really get a kick out of it!

The book is called, "The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever!"
When I was shopping for books, this one popped up and the title just grabbed me! I love to read funny books to my kids, and this one... well, clearly it's a funny one! Just look at that title!

It's all about a boy who writes a valentine for this girl he just lllooovvessss!! Her name is Zoey Maloney. After he creates his Valentine, it comes to life. It runs away from him and tells him that he can't tell her, he loves her! It's nothing but trouble, stick to candy!! He runs into a whole bunch of friends, until finally... at the end, the boy - Leon, runs into his love! 
From there... you will have to find out what happens next! ;-)

I was really surprised to find that this book actually had a lot of meat to it. I had so many ideas going through my head as I was reading it. I couldn't just settle on one. So, I just made a whole little activity packet for it!

As I was creating this, I was thinking of all the ways this could be used. It can be used in grades 1-3. 

Grade One - support is needed and these are great whole group mini-lessons!
Grade Two- I would still do whole group. The kids could complete an activity with a partner!
Grade Three- This could be completed with a partner or even as a station activity. Last year when I taught third, I would have totally put the book at a station with one of the activity sheets! Then, come together and discuss it!

When I have a book that I do multiple activities with, I love to create a cover! At the end of the week, the kids color and staple their cover on. The kids love taking home all of their activities in a book!

The first activity I created for this book was one for predicting. There are so many adjectives in the title. Before reading, talk to the kids about each word and make a prediction just based on the title! My mind sure ran wild!

Something that stunned me when I read this book was the vocabulary inside of it! I was reading and I saw words like complicated, triumph, risky and proclaim!

I would use these cards on an anchor chart. Then, I would have my students write what they think the word means on a sticky note. From there, we would discuss and come up with a definition together. 

Then, to assess - this activity is perfect!

As always, I love to just check for basic comprehension! It also never hurts to ask students about their favorite part! If you want, you can ask them to provide a reason too!

This book is also perfect for identifying the main idea! 
So if that's something you're working on, this is a great book for it!

Then, some retelling graphic organizers. For my little firsties, I would ask them to draw pictures of each part. Second grade, we would draw a picture and write about it. Third grade could also do the same!

I hope you found some useful ideas here! 
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  1. Great ideas, Jessica! I am definitely going to do the predictions chart with my kiddos! I think I'll make it large on bulletin board paper and use sticky notes to add each of their ideas! Thank you so much for introducing this book to me!

    One Sharp Bunch

  2. So many fun activity ideas for an adorable book, thank you!