I received a wonderful surprise in the mail this month. It was letters -- 18 letters from Ms. M's fifth grade class in Florida. The students had worked on a novel study about The Things with Wings, and everyone had sent me a handwritten letter about the book. A few students even drew pictures. (Monkeys seem to be popular in Florida at the moment.)
I thank Ms. M and the other teachers over the years who have told me that they have found creative ways to use
The Things with Wings with their classes.
I also know that it's not always easy to write a letter, and I thank the students for the hard and creative work that they put into their writing.
So what did I do after I read these terrific letters? I got out a pen and handwrote 18 letters back to the students. In a way, it felt like one big letter in 18 parts.
Thanks again, class. I really, really liked your letters.