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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Book Companion and Activities

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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day stories. This delightful picture book (not included in the packet) and the activities in this book companion are sure to delight your students.

This Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch literature guide provides opportunities for your students in grades 1-3 to think critically and creatively through a variety of lessons. Be sure to check out the preview!


  • A pre-reading wondering about the book activity
  • Making predictions activity using the cover of the book
  • Comprehension questions
  • Story Map
  • Activity to examine important events in the story
  • Examining cause and effect
  • Several activities to summarize the story
  • A sequencing activity
  • Identifying the themes in the story activity
  • Compare and Contrast activity where students compare Mr. Hatch at the beginning and end of the story – 3 versions to differentiate
  • Character map – 2 versions to differentiate
  • Challenge vocabulary cards with matching definitions
  • Vocabulary book where students draw a picture, write the definition and then write a sentence using the vocabulary word
  • Making words with the letters in valentine
  • A book review
  • 5 creative writing activities
  • A friendship mini-book writing activity
  • Mr. Hatch, I Am Poem/craftivity
  • Noun, verb, and adjective sorting activity using vocabulary from the story – great for a center
  • Syllable sorting activity using vocabulary from the story – great for a center
  • Making compound words activity


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great story! This package is fabulous! It has everything you need in it. So perfect for Valentine’s Day! – Amanda I.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This is the perfect companion for one of my favorite Valentine’s books. It is extremely comprehensive and my students enjoyed all of the activities that we did using it! Highly recommend this resource! – Speech for the Stars


PLEASE NOTE: The digital versions of the files are store on Google™ Drive and formatted as Google™ Slides. You will need a Google™ Classroom or Google™ Drive account to access these files. There is a PDF file included in the download with links to the three files. You will click on each link. A page will appear that allows you to make a copy of the file to your Google™ account.

© Susan Morrow This purchase is for single classroom use only. Sharing this resource with multiple teachers, an entire school, or an entire school system is strictly forbidden. Multiple licenses are available at a discount.

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