Word Work: Here's an easy way for students to practice their spelling words. Have them draw a big scribble on their page - remind them to leave big spaces in their scribble! Using coloured pencils, they can then fill the spaces with their words.
This is a great poster to help the students know what to do in partners. Adolescent partners might do more, so this chart may look different. The chart could also include what to do in each stage of writing as a partner.
Scene of the Crime Writing: Set up a fake crime scene. Then have all the students gather around and examine the scene of the crime. They jot down notes to record their observations then write a story about what they think happened. Fun fiction writing!