"Guess How Much I Love You" Lessons

     It was a delight to present a lesson in our church’s Summer Enrichment program. We serve an ESL population of students from pre-K through high school during the year and we offer a two-week “get ready for school” Summer Enrichment just before school starts.

     I chose the book “Guess How Much I Love You”. 

     If you haven’t read this book, please do – it’s so sweet! It’s a short book with a big idea and it offers opportunities for so many learning activities for all ages. Here’s what we did:

     I opened the lesson, asking “What do we measure and how do we measure?”
     We shared that we measure length with rulers, yardsticks, and tape measures. Weight is measured with scales and mass with balances, capacity and volume with cups and spoons, time with clocks, and temperature with thermometers. I displayed examples of each type of tool.

     We wondered aloud whether we can measure love and moved on to the title, author, and illustrator of the book.

     After reading about Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, I explained our activities to the tutors and students. I’ve included the plan here.
     All students used a tape measure to measure a friend’s arm span. 

     Tutors helped a lot with this. Then we cut a piece of string that length. We threaded a large, colorful button onto the end of the string to sort of anchor it down, then labeled the string with the student’s name. Some wrote their name on the label and wrapped it around the string. Others used the label to actually tape the string onto the display. You can do whichever you like.
     The display was so cute! We measured Mr. Tom, a very tall tutor, then someone wondered about Michael Phelps and his 6'7" arm span. With the Olympics still ongoing, it was a great current events connection!
     You can see Mr. Tom’s and Michael Phelps’ strings over to the left of the display. We had to hang them waaaaaay up high!
     We continued talking about love by listing ways we can show love – or how we like to be shown love – on a chart.
     We had a great time with our lesson. Have you ever worked with this book? What 's a favorite book activity of yours?

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