Interactive Word Wall --- this is a great idea for teaching students to spice up their writing. Can gather words from students' writing and then create a word wall for synonyms.
For my classroom :) Descriptive word wall! Sometimes you can get a few free french fry containers at McDonalds, just ask!
45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' - Writers Write (not for kids, but a helpful vocabulary guide for older school students)