Valentine’s Day is a great time to talk about how we love our families, even though our families might be different from our friends’ families. My book Meet My Family, a rhyming nonfiction picture book celebrating all kinds of families in the animal world, is a wonderful lead-in to this discussion.
Sing and move to “If You Have a Happy Family,” which you can find in the teaching guide.
Read the book aloud or go to my Readalouds Page and scroll down to watch a video of my friend Flash reading it.
And then ask students to draw a big heart and answer this prompt: I love my family because . . .
You might also invite students to write about or share which animal family had something in common with their family.
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]
Gail Aldous says
Laura, great ideas!