In this sweet story, the boy loses his grandma (I know-sad, but ends sweet). The family looks for notes the grandma left for each person. My grandma left notes in a lot of her things too and we got to find them and read them after she had passed away, so the students get to see a real personal connection for me to this story. Then then made their own connections. Here are some of their sweet connections the students made.
Students also got to compare how Gran in the story was similar to their grandparent and how they were different. Lots of talk about grandparents was happening! They would love that!
We also did cause and effect with this story. What books do you use in your classroom, not only because they are good literature, but also because they have a special connection for you? I would love to hear about them!