Don’t you just love those books that come along and touch your heart? The Hickory Chair is one of those (okay, I have to admit, there really are many, many) that mean something special to me. Making a connection to a story is important and is what we strive to teach our students. If you have not read The Hickory Chair, you really should. I was introduced to it while completing my master’s program and now I teach it to my students and they can definitely connect!
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!