Word Wall & 3 Sentences: Here is an activity I use with my grade class. Have your students practice writing 10 words that you have posted on the word wall in your classroom. Then have your students use 3 of the words in sentences.
peer book recommendations - fun idea for beginning of the year, too - maybe a book you read over the summer. Also, could do this with peer music recommendations. I could restrict to certain genres or artistic periods.
Free prefixes foldable for interactive notebooks! This is a great way for students to learn their prefixes. Under each flap their is a list of words that uses each prefix. This is a good tool to have when students are writing.
Wilson You might be able to use this for your persuasive writing topic. This is a great visual to teach opinion writing. I think I am going to use it with the prompt: What is the best way to eat an oreo cookie. Each student will then get an oreo as well.