Teaching With a Mountain View: First Day of School Activities for Big Kids [C: I have used this even in middle school classes. Kids love it! Especially when a student takes lots, mistakenly thinking he/she will need it for "breaks" during the day!!!]
"Table Texting" is a strategy to use with any piece of text or topic. Pose a higher-level question that encourages thinking among students. Students respond to the question in writing. The teacher collects the papers and redistributes them. Students get to read other responses and reply. The process continues until all of the speech bubbles are completed. Great for upper grades.