extra- This is a list of Pixar (and other) cartoon shorts that could be used to teach reading strategies. There are also graphic organizers to go with them. What a great way to get (and keep) the kids' attention!
Word of the Month? Character traits anchor chart Color: color in center or picture hair color, give each student a card to write a describe word(s)- opens dialogue regarding communication. Design -same concept just with form etc
This is part of the free editing set from First Grade Wow. They keep it in their writing folders. It helps differentiate learning and gives each student focus. There are many other useful pages in the packet, too.