Synonym word wall. Kids often struggle with finding words to replace the boring words like said, good, and happy. Finding synonyms for these words can really help them make their writing better. I found a great way to display synonyms in the classroom but I can't find the link to where I saw this picture. It was called 'Spice up your writing with... Salsa Words'.
Tattling Turtle. I worked with a teacher who had a stuffed turtle which sat in a bucket with cool pens and colored paper. She used it to help students share their problems without being tattlers. No teacher enjoys having that student who always feels the need to tell on everyone. Now I won't have to! Students will write down their 'story' on a paper and talk to the turtle. In the end, I will be the judge of which stories should be shared with me and which should be shared with the turtle.
Reader's Toolbox. Check out this link to see what I'm talking about! When students are stuck on a word, we will pull out a tool to help us 'fix' our problem.
Reading Nook. I have no idea what it will look like yet but I am full of ideas on this one!
These are just a few of the things that I plan on incorporating in my classroom this year. Stayed tuned for before and after pictures!