It’s Wednesday! It’s time to talk about another book! One of my favorite authors is Kevin Henkes. When I was attending the University of Kentucky, I was lucky enough to see him speak. He was everything I ever imagined! He’s seriously amazing! Throughout the years, I’ve talked about Wemberly and Lilly… but today is all about Chester!
Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes is such an endearing story. Chester is very particular. He cuts his sandwiches the same way every day, he double-knots his shoes (me too!), and eats the same breakfast over and over again. I guess we can say, the safe side is where he likes to be. haha
Everything is all good….. until Lilly moves into his neighborhood! haha… It’s truly a delightful story of change, friendship, and it demonstrates that life begins outside of your comfort zone.
There are so many ways you can use this story with your students!
1. Social Skills – Chester isn’t very flexible at first. You can talk about flexibility, perspective taking, manners, and so much more!
2. Articulation – /ch/ and /l/ sounds!
3. Compare/Contrast – Chester and Lilly are so different, but yet they have a few things in common! These are two great characters to discuss!
4. Character Development – Talk about how characters change throughout the story!
5. When Questions – Ask about what the characters like to do in the spring, summer, fall, and winter!
I’ve also crated a literature lap book companion!
These lap book projects are fun and memorable! The front features a little booklet all about the qualifies of a good friend. Teaching young students how to be a good friend is critical! There’s also a flip book that can stand alone. It addresses comparing, sequencing, writing, and comprehension!
The lap book addresses vocabulary, story elements, retelling, and more:
It also addresses describing!
You can also layer the flip book inside! Glue it down in the middle section and then staple construction paper or loose-leaf paper over it for the remaining activities!
These also make fun little projects for the regular education classroom! Read the story aloud in a whole group and then throughout the week students can work on their lap books during literacy centers or as a whole group! Students can also work on these with a partner – which would be perfect since this story is about friendship!
These literature lap books are also part of a growing bundle. You can find that HERE.
Have you ever read Chester’s Way in your speech room or classroom? What skills did you address?
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!