Subject Area: Social Studies
This touching tale captures Franklin's desire to present his mother with a special birthday present that will reflect his love and admiration for her.
Children will discuss the meaning of the story and will work together to share ideas and engage in activities that focus on the concepts of love, kindness, and giving.
Show the children the book Franklin Says I Love You. What do they predict this story will be about?
After reading the book, engage the children in a discussion about the meaning of the story. Ask questions to encourage the sharing of ideas. Why do they think Franklin was so concerned about choosing a gift for his mother? Why did he ask his friends for ideas? What did the class think Franklin was going give his mother for her birthday? Did the ending of the book surprise them? Why is saying I Love You to someone special so important?
Ask the children to share their own experiences that were similar to Franklin's. Have they ever had to think of a gift for someone special? Have they ever asked a friend or family member for ideas?
Who Do You Love and Why?
- Chart paper
- Markers and crayons
- Drawing paper
- Prepare a sheet of chart paper with the heading "Who Do You Love and Why?"
- Read the heading and ask the class to describe the person or persons that they love and why they love them.
- Record their comments on the chart paper.
- Afterwards, give the children drawing materials and ask them to draw a picture to go along with the language-experience chart. Display their drawings along with the chart.
- Photocopy paper
- Markers, crayons, and pencils
- Chart paper
- Legal-size white envelopes (optional)
In advance: On a sheet of photocopy paper prepare a gift certificate for the children to complete. Make enough photocopies for each child in the class.
- Reread Franklin Says I Love You to the class. Ask the children to recall Franklin's mother's response when Franklin hugged her and told her that he loved her. Do they think that the words I Love You are even more special than a present?
- Encourage the group to think about why it is important to show love and kindness toward one and another. Ask them to think of things that they do for their friends and family members that show love and kindness.
- Now explain to the class that they will make a gift certificate to present to a family member. Ask them to think of special things that they can do at home to show kindness and love, like cleaning their room, sorting the laundry, or playing nicely with a sibling. Record their ideas on chart paper.
- Give the children the gift certificates along with drawing and writing materials. Review the certificate with the class. Assist them in filling out the certificate. Ask them to draw a picture of their "gift" in the bottom area of the page. They can also create designs or borders on their certificates to personalize them. Give each student an envelope for his or her certificate.
- Keep extra gift certificates in the writing area. Children can give gift certificates to classmates, present them to friends and family on birthdays, or they can present it to someone as an act of kindness.
Other Books About Families and Love
We're Making Breakfast for Mother
by Shirley Neitzel
A rhythmic rebus story about a special surprise breakfast for Mom.
A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams
A tender tale about a little girl, her mother, and her grandmother who save their money to buy a comfortable chair after all of their belongings were destroyed in a fire.
Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto
When a little girl loses her mother's ring while making tamales, her loving family comes to her aid and eats all of the tamales in order to find the ring.
Other Books by Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin's Bad Day
Franklin and the Tooth Fairy
Franklin and Harriet
Teaching plan written by Risa Young