Each student comes up and picks a stick out of my hand; they have to place the word in the right cup. Then, after all sticks have been sorted, students can choose one stick from each cup and create a sentence using all three words. A great informal assessment!
This is a cheap and simple way to practice plurals with students: write the noun on the sentence strip, fold the right hand corner to cover up whatever gets taken away on the reform of the word, then write the new ending that makes the word plural.
STORY STICKS. Yellow = character, Red = conflict, Green = setting, Blue = "Special". Choose one of each and then make up a story based on what you've picked - I like this idea for family time. BUT JUST COLOR THE BOTTOM AND WRITE ON IT SO STUDENTS PICK A STICK TO FORM GROUP STORY WRITERS