Do your students always use the same words in their writing? Use synonym lists to help. Get the painting sample cards from any store. Write the common word at the top. Then, write synonyms that are better word choices under it. Leave out so students can reference during writing and/or editing time!
Paint Chip Inspired Calendars - Monday Made It 7/8/13
Paint Chip Inspired Calendars - these are free in the blog post! A blank template is also included so you can write in the month and days. I popped mine into a frame and used a dry-erase marker to mark important dates.
Here's another idea for teaching metacognition. Gather paint samples that show a range of shades and use them as a thinking scale. Students can track their thinking as they read using the "Thinking about my thinking" strips. They can describe their level of comprehension in common language during conferences and partner reading as well. This is also especially helpful in the other content areas or as an introduction to rubrics.