Get your umbrellas out - it's raining hearts on the blog today!
It's a simple sweet story that is perfect for targeting higher-level thinking skills! Inferencing is tough, but I believe it is the gateway to comprehension. I wanted to outline a few opportunities in this book that lend themselves to supporting inferencing:
1) "It must be getting close to Valentine's Day" - Cornelia said. This is a great place to stop and ask your students why does Cornelia think that?
2) Ask your students, what do you think she will do with all the hearts she collected? This question is a great opportunity to teach students that they shouldn't just merely make a prediction, but use the clues in the story to make an inference. When I was younger, I was all about asking students to make a prediction.... but no. I no longer want them to make guesses, but rather use clues to come to a conclusion.
3) Discuss each of the valentines and make inferences. Cornelia cuts holes throughout one of the hearts and sends it to her friend mouse. Why did she send that particular valentine to mouse? She also sends her friend rabbit a valentine with a cotton ball on it! These are wonderful opportunities to tap into your students' higher level thinking skills.
I love this book so much that I even made a book companion for it! You can find it in my TPT store by clicking HERE. It contains some colorful card games for all my laminator lovers out there and also a wide variety of NO PREP activities. It addresses comprehension, retelling, temporal directions, pronouns, and more! Here's a peek:
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