Friday, February 3, 2012

Heartfelt Causes & Effects

Last week I read an adorable book called Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. I couldn't believe that it was published over 20 years ago! It's about a lonely man who receives a Valentine candy heart with a card that says, "Somebody loves you." His whole demeanor changes and, as a result, he develops many friendships. But then he finds out that the candy heart was a mistake, and he reverts to his former quiet self. Of course the story has a happy ending, but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens!

Anyway, as I was reading the book, I thought about how our words and actions can impact others in both positive and negative ways. A smile or a kind word can go a long way to brighten someone's day. I wanted to create a reading lesson to go along with the story, and I thought it would be the perfect text for exploring cause and effect - both in the book and in our own lives.

So I created the Heartfelt Causes and Effects graphic organizer from the Cause and Effects Rocket graphic organizer in my newest ebook, Graphic Organizers for Reading: Teaching Tools Aligned with the Common Core. In addition, I wrote out a complete lesson for using Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch with your students. You can click the cover on the right to learn more about the book or purchase it on You can download the entire 9-page packet from the Seasonal page on Teaching Resources during February or any time of the year from my TeachersPayTeachers store. If you download it from TpT, be sure to leave a comment and a rating, and follow me there for more freebies! Thanks!

By the way, you can find more February Freebies in my February Freebies Galore link up here on Corkboard Connections.


  1. I'm trying this activity on Monday. I can't wait to see how the students respond to the acts of kindness extension activity. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the awesome freebie!

  2. Thanks, Selina! Please do let us know how it goes!

  3. I'm still only a graduate student, and I don't start student teaching until this August, but I love your blog so much and I can't wait to incorporate your lesson plans into my own & my classroom!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, and good luck in your student teaching!


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