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    Write a boring adjective at the bottom of the paint strip on the most boring color. Give each student a paint strip and they can use a thesaurus or a word wall to think of "more colorful" words for their strip.

    Sight word garden?

    Shades of Meaning

    Focus Sticks Blog Pic

    Paragraph writing - green strip for topic sentence, yellow for supporting detail sentences, and red for closing sentence. LOVE this!

    Writing center word strips

    Paint Chip Word Families

    Paint strips contractions

    Sentence Surgery...laminated unedited sentence strips, bandaid strips for ending punctuation, small round bandages for commas and quotations, tongue depressors to mark capitalization, and 'Emergency Kit' paper bags w/ red cross on them (to keep surgery supplies). Can adjusted to use K-6...the kids loved it!

    Good writing avoids bland adjectives like good. This poster helps young writers find more specific and vivid alternatives. An excellent tool for building vocabu


    Cool way to teach writing....

    paint chip strips

    Little Minds at Work: Teacher! Teacher! How do I spell...? Mobile Word Wall! Students take card to their seats & return to magnetic surface! $3

    middle school word wall ideas | Bits and Pieces of Middle School: Word Nerd

    Synonym Rolls - Love it!

    Have child write a story using all the names off of a paint strip...Narrative Story Writing ....

    FREE site with great writing printables

    100 Ways to Say "Bad"

    Awesome Idea!! "Word boxes: If a student doesn't know how to spell a word, they check the card in the box. If it's not there, they bring the card to me, we spell it together, and then the card goes back in its spot when they're done. Promotes independent writers - could use to supplement a word wall