We’ve been talking about a new vocabulary word, symbolism.


First, we looked for the root word, symbol. Then, we started to make connections.

We knew that a symbol is something that represents something else.

Our class pair-shared their examples and shared as a whole class. Some of the connections we made were to the wolverine being a symbol of our state as our nickname, The Wolverine State, and the mascot for the University of Michigan. Other Michigan state symbols shared were, the white pine as our state tree, the robin, and the Petoskey stone.

We thought about our nation’s symbols, like the bald eagle and our stars and stripes flag.


After this discussion, we looked at the end of Chapter 21 in, The Fourteenth Goldfish.

Ellie dreamed about candles.


The students thought about what kind of symbolism this ending could have. We shared again with face partners and table groups.

Here are some of the ideas we came up with.

candle thoughts
What about you? What do you think about the symbolism in Ellie’s dream?

Do you have any other examples of symbolism to share with us?


The Possible

This has been an awesome week of reading and making connections! Chapter 8, The Possible, made us start thinking about things people consider impossible now and wondering what it would be like if they were actually possible. We have created a VoiceThread and are hoping that you’ll join us. Please leave a comment on this post or add your voices to our VoiceThread.

Here is a planning sheet I made to guide our writing. Please feel free to use it in your classroom.

The Possible Planning Sheet


We can’t wait to see what is Possible!

The Possible

Green Eggs and Ham Retellings

We love Green Eggs and Ham! Our Kindergarten classes listened to the story and practiced their retelling skills. We talked about beginning, middle, and end. The children used Kid Pix 4 to illustrate their retelling with drawing tools or stamps. Then they showed us their Kindergarten writing by making text to go along with their pictures. We hope you enjoy our projects!


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