Robot in Love by T.L. McBeth is a sweet story with a surprising ending for anyone who doesn’t pick up on the clues in the illustrations. While this story can be read any time of year, I think it would be a great book to share near Valentine’s Day. I want to share a few activities you can pair with Robot in Love.
About the Book
When a shiny, beautiful stranger catches Robot’s eye, he knows she’s the one. He thinks about her all the time. He even makes her a gift. But will he be able to keep his circuits from overheating and work up the courage to talk to her? T. L. McBeth’s Robot in Love spins a funny and heartwarming story of love!
If you don’t already have a copy of this book in your school or classroom library, you can find it on Amazon. I have also seen it in the Scholastic book order flyers from time to time.
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Robot Craft and Writing
After reading the story, students will create their own robot. There are two options for the eyes and the mouth, but I have also included a template without a mouth so students can personalize the robot their own way.
Once students have created their robot, it’s time to write. I have included several writing prompts, but you can always choose your own. The robots and the writing pieces can be attached side-by-side on another piece of paper. These would make a great hallway display!
Robot in Love Activities
If you have been around here for awhile, you know that my book companions have a large focus on comprehension and vocabulary. This resource has 6 comprehension questions to help guide the discussion as you read. Students can also respond to these questions in writing.
After reading the book, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
Once students have practiced sequencing the story, they are ready to retell or summarize. I have included a few different options. Students can also focus on the story with this story elements spinner.
For vocabulary, I selected 12 words for this story. Each vocabulary card has a matching definition. Students can play a memory matching game or use them in a pocket chart center. To continue working with these words, students can complete the fill-in-the-blanks page or vocabulary match-up activity.
Finally, I have included a few extra activities. Students can complete these mazes, design and describe a new robot, and describe Robot along with his day-to-day interactions with Toaster.
You can find all of these activities in my picture book companion for Robot in Love:
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