Other ways to say & - a Prof. I had last semester actually did this when she taught high school and the results amazed her! As the school year progresses, you can also use this technique with other words that students tend to abuse in your classroom.
For older kids-- Practice Paint Sample Storytelling - Paint samples often have unique and interesting names such as Western Sand, Beach Basket, and Mermaid Tear. These names make the perfect story-starters to inspire creative storytelling.
What is Plot? Adventures of a Grade Teacher: anchor charts, I remember learning this in middle school and think that I could even start it in my grade classroom. Visuals will be extremely beneficial for my students.
Great site for anchor charts writing expectations. Quiet writing time with fun music was one of the MOST peaceful times in my classroom this year. The kids loved it. Love this chart to introduce the expectations for it.
LETTER WRITING-This is a great poster to show students how to write a letter and what they terms are called for each part of the letter. I would definitely use this in my classroom to show students the proper way to write a letter.