On Monday we started our weekly essay with this brainstorm idea I saw somewhere (I can't find the blog or the Pinterest link anywhere, so if it was you let me know so I can give you credit). Anyhow, the idea was to write their names in bubble letters, then they would write down nouns, adjectives, and verbs to describe what they did over their winter vacation.
Overall it was a great way to not only brainstorm, but also to review parts of speech. It gave me a good idea of who still needs a bit more review, and who really got it.
The only bad part was when my principal came in and asked one of my students what we were doing and he said, "making bubble letters." LOL! Well, I guess it makes learning better when they don't even realize how hard they are really working!
In other news, have you heard about the amazing giveaway from Rockin' Teacher Materials? They are giving away flashdrives loaded with tons of goodies from many different blogs and TPT sellers. They have one giveaway for each different grade - I contributed to the 3rd grade giveaway, but you can enter whichever giveaway applies to your grade, just click on the link when you get there for your grade.