"Name Skeletons" Look closely:  students folded white paper in half, wrote their names in cursive, and cut out around their names - this formed the body.  They added the head, arms,and legs then mounted their "name skeletons" on black construction paper! - What a fun idea!

Name Skeletons: fold white paper in half, write name in cursive and cut out to form skeleton's body. Mount on black construction paper and add head, arms, and legs. What a fun idea to do with kids!

active vs passive voice

Change Passive Voice to Active Voice

Change Passive Voice to Active Voice. writing sentences in passive voice is discouraged b/c it can obscure the subject of the sentence & confuse the reader. It also usually creates a wordy and awkward sentence construction.

use a heart map to get to know students, and as writing inspiration too!

Heart Map: You make a map of things you love or things close to your heart and staple to the cover of your writing notebook; if you need an idea, look at your heart map!

simile & metaphor

Figurative language anchor chart using Angry Birds! I have been wanting an Angry Birds activity for the higher grades.so maybe have each student choose the characters they want and figurative language to make a display.