Sunday, February 2, 2014

Love, Splat: A Must Read Mentor Text for Valentine's Day

Just stopping for a quick moment before the week starts to join with the Collaboration Cuties for their weekly Must Read Mentor Text linky.  It's the first weekend of the month, so I get to share about a fav language arts text.  Since it is February, I want to highlight a terrific Valentines themed book, Love, Splat by Rob Scotton.

I think Love, Splat was the first Splat the Cat book I ever came across.  It is really a darling story.  Splat has made a special Valentine for the object of his affection, Kitten.  He is embarrassed to give it to her and worse yet, he discovers another (more confident) cat also has eyes for Kitten.  Splat must overcome his shyness, so that he can let Kitten know how much he likes her.
 The twists in the story are very engaging and the illustrations are very original and full of detail.  Love, Splat is a sweet and fun read aloud for Valentine's Day.   
There are many ELA skills that you can work in with this book.  I will use it to discuss character and how he changes through the story.  My first grade friends will use the graphic organizer pictured below to below to put their thoughts down on paper.  
If you would like a FREE copy of this handout, click on the picture.
(sorry so blurry-but you get the picture)

Also, construction paper Splats are pretty easy to create.  We made some to put up in class for the next few weeks.  The kids really liked making them.  
If you would like a free copy of the pattern for this craftivity, click on one of the pictures below.

Love, Splat is a wonderful book with lots of teaching opportunities.  If you do not already have a copy, highly recommend picking one up.
For more teacher approved, book recommendations be sure to stop by Collaboration Cuties.
Have a great week.


  1. Thanks for the fun tracer! I love this book...that Splat is just adorable!

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I love another cute Valentine book idea! Thank you for the freebie, too! :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  3. Amber, this Splat the Cat book is so sweet. It's one of my favorites and I look forward to reading it in February. Thank you so much for the templates. Looks like a fun Valentine craft!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  4. I love Splat the Cat - he is too cute in this one and I just love the illustrations. I like your craftivity and follow up. Thanks!

  5. I'm having trouble accessing your Splat template! :( Is there anyway you could email it to me? I would love to use it! Thank you!