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The Love Letter Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Love Letter will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, teaching ideas, and information about the book. You will have what you need to plan your next interactive read aloud lesson!

With a friendship theme, this The Love Letter picture book by Anika Aldamuy Denise is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! 

Engage Your Students with The Love Letter Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Love Letter.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with The Love Letter reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE LOVE LETTER SUMMARY

Hedgehog, Squirrel, and Bunny are all good friends. One day, on his way to the meadow Hedgehog finds a love letter on the ground. Finding the letter makes Hedgehog oddly cheerful. He shares his lunch with Squirrel and walks Bunny home. After Bunny hugs Hedgehog goodbye, she finds a love letter on the ground. 

 

Reading the love letter makes Bunny feel oddly helpful. She sets the table, sweeps the floor and heads over to Squirrel’s house to bring him acorns. After Bunny leaves, Squirrel finds the same love letter. Normally an anxious person, Squirrel feels carefree after finding the letter. Things that normally bother him did not. He thinks Bunny loves him.

 

The next day, the three friends arrive at the meadow and all feel shy. The friends realize they all received the letter and start arguing about who is belongs to. Suddenly, a Mouse appears. Mouse wrote the letter to her good friend the moon. Hedgehog, Squirrel and Bunny start reflecting on their friendship and how they argued. Mouse helps the friends to realize the mix-up wasn’t so bad because it made them all feel good. 

THE LOVE LETTER LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for The Love Letter, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Love Letter reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • analyzing character
  • plot | problem – solution 
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • friendship

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • base words
  • multiple meaning words
  • compound words

THE LOVE LETTER ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
The Love Letter book companion
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The Love Letter Making Words Activity

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Love Letter?

  • Lexile® Measure: N/A
  • Guided Reading Level: N/A
  • DRA Level: N/A
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Anika Aldamuy Denise.

What genre is The Love Letter?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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