I found a few other ideas to go with this book after I taught my lesson.
Have a "special persons" day. Have each child invite someone special to visit the class. Then have all of the students share what makes that person special or a special memory of that person. This idea came from Six Bucks.
Brainstorm ways to cheer Mr. Hatch up. This idea came from Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade.
You can find an online version of this story on Storyline Online. Hector Elizondo narrates.