Great idea! I love that you incorporated music since I am musically inclined myself. :) I am definitely going to try to add this in for next week! I like to use Owl Moon to teach similes and metaphors. In a nutshell, when we read the book, we go through and discuss similes and metaphors that we find throughout the story such as "The train whistle blew,long and low like a sad, sad song." We discuss how that would sound and how that differs from the normal sound we associate with trains... a jubilant "Toot! Toot!" We then talk about the sensory language that Jane Yolen weaves throughout the text and how the similes enrich it even further. Students choose a simile or metaphor to create a pictoral representation. We tie in visualization and mental pictures to show how these artful comparisons help us to watch the movie in our minds as we interact with the text. A class favorite that tends to show up year after year is a picture of the clearing "as white as the milk in a cereal bowl". So fun! Keep up the stellar work Brent! I enjoy reading your posts!
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