- Park, B. (1999). Junie B. Jones and the mushy gushy valentime [i.e. valentine]. New York: Random House.
- Genre: Comedic Fictional Chapter Book
Grade Level: 3rd
I absolutely love the Junie B. Jones series! I remember reading them as a kid and I loved reading her stories and how crazy she was! With this book specifically, I loved how she had her own secret admirer. As soon as she said she was missing one, I knew it was going to be Jim because as a reader it is always the person you least expect. I loved reading her reaction to everything and just reading the book made me think about how much I loved these books as a kid. I can relate to this book in particular in the series because I love Valentines Day and as a teacher, I plan to make it a fun day in the classroom as well.
The setting is in Junie B. Jones’ classroom and on the playground. The first plot of the story is when Junie B. Jones has to figure out what card is missing. After she finds the card, she needs to figure out who gave it to her since it is signed, “your secret admirer.” The theme is Valentines Day and “puppy love” and I absolutely love it since I am a huge hopeless romantic.
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to create their own “Valentines Card” of appreciation to their parents.
2-3 discussion questions based on the book:
- Why were Lucille and Grace arguing outside on the playground?
- What prize did Junie B. Jones win when she turned in her Valentines cards?
- Why did Jim want to keep “liking Junie B. Jones” a secret?
Standards-based lesson activity: Students will go around and write something nice on everyone’s paper on their desk. The point of this activity is to get everyone to realize that everyone gets along and have students feel good about themselves after reading their own paper.
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