Hi! I love reading about your ideas and what you do with your students in the classroom. Thanks for opening your classroom. I was using the book Wings by Christopher Myers for a big think aloud and open forum the other day. We have been studying determining importance. Our main focus for the open forum was discussing what the author wanted us to learn/main idea. The next day we came back together to discuss Wings again. Well, during our discussion someone said, "well you can't have wings in real life." It was a great way to introduce symbolism. Anyway we had a mini-discussion at the time, but I just got done reading your post and love the ideas, anchor charts, as well as books you mentioned. I don't know if you need another text, but Wings is a great starter. Your kids are probably past the point, but maybe next year. :) Thanks for your time and sharing ideas! I really appreciate it! Cassie
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