speech and language teaching concepts for Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ch/ final

Themes:

small acts of kindness
loneliness
Valentine’s Day

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

By Eileen Spinelli

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!

This sweet Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like loneliness and showing someone that you care for them. It is also great for illustration study and inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
inferencing
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
vocabulary
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structures

Sequencing:

order of Mr. Hatch’s daily routine prior to receiving the valentine
order of Mr. Hatch’s activities after he receives the valentine

 

Vocabulary:

uneasy, newsstand, worried, occurred, postman, supervisor, porch

Character Analysis:

Mr. Hatch keeps to himself and has a strict routine every day. He becomes friendly & helpful to others when he receives a valentine from a secret admirer. He reverts back to isolating himself when he discovers that the valentine was actually delivered to him by mistake. In the end, Mr. Hatch feels loved when his neighbors and friends go out of their way to surprise him with a party.

Social/Emotional:

Discuss how Mr. Hatch’s neighbors showed him that he cared.
Discuss the different feelings that Mr. Hatch experienced.
How did Mr. Hatch help/treat his neighbors?

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structures

Inferencing:

Why do you think Mr. Hatch started treating people differently before and after learning of the mistake?

Predicting:

Who do you think is the secret admirer?
What do you think Mr. Hatch will do now that he knows the valentine was a mistake?
How do you think Mr. Hatch will feel better?

If you are interested in using Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.