Popcorn Writing Center Activity: Students pick a yellow piece of popcorn (character) and a white piece of popcorn (setting) and write a short story. Containers can sometimes be found for $1 at Target's dollar section
My students last year loved having whole class journals to write in. They had a chance to write in them during Work on Writing, and a chance to read them during Read to Self. I made up a new set of 8. At the moment they are pretty plain covers, but once a student writes in it they have the option of choosing a sticker from my collection to place on the front cover. The stickers show me how many kids have tackled each topic.
Vocabulary 1- Ice Cream Words: Students start by writing a common word on the ice cream cone. Students can now look up synonyms for these words. Creating a large ice cream cone with words that can replace the common words.