Vocab Word Wall - after introducing new vocab during reading groups, the words get added to the wall. We check off every time a student uses the word in speaking or writing. When a word has 10 checks, we retire it to the "More Wonderful Words" list. That way the words are still visible, but new words can be added to the pocket chart. They love the little "check cutting" ceremony we do when a word reaches 10 checks!
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. Or use for Word Work