reading & writing with art

February 10, 2015

Love Birds part 2 and William Morris & Valentines

Love Birds part 2 came from a lesson I loved last year...but this year we added some new features!  This year my 4th graders created these fabulous heart warming pieces after our study on William Morris and one of my favorite children's books... http://www.storylineonline.net/somebody-loves-you-mr-hatch/  This year we used storylineonline for our book... We love how the famous people show us their love of reading!!  You can also still use the power point from last year (at the bottom of this post and adapt).

Barnes and Noble overview:


One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch.
Somebody loves you the note says.
"Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. "Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. "But who," Mr. Hatch wonders, "could that somebody be?"
After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!
An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbors."
Love Poems...  we used the "I Like" poem again from You Read to Me, I Read to You book to understand the concept.  Then we discussed adjectives and how to really describe the things they loved so there sentences were 5 words or more and not short 1st grade sentences.

New this year...we use WALLPAPER inspired by W Morris to cut and paste our birds, wiggly eyes, feathers, painted border and the most popular GLITTER.

                                                 I set up a 'GLITTER NATION" stations where they came to glitter their heart outline.  I still really love these pieces and what a great gift for a valentine to make someone feel good just like Mr. Hatch.

"Love Birds" poems with Gail Gibbons & William Morris

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