Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Another book that I love to use to teach character is Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli.

Not only does it have a strongly defined main character, but it is such a sweet book with a wonderful message. I read it to my class every year and they always love it. 

This year I designed a quick activity to use to help students see the changes that Mr. Hatch goes through during the course of the story. As I read the book to my students I stop at three different points in the story for us to chart (and also at the conclusion of the book) and for them to work. 

Here are my stopping points in the book...

And here is our anchor chart...

I love the detail my students used when completing their work- they loved drawing Mr. Hatch with the different emotions on his face!

You can get this activity for free here- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch printable!

This book is also available on Storyline Online read by Hector Elizondo. 

If you haven't used this book in your class before, I hope you are inspired to check it out!


  1. What a great book and even better discussion and activities to match!

  2. Thanks so much! I hope it is something that you might be able to use. I appreciate you stopping by!


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