Incorporate art into writing (poetry): Students can even pick a page from their favourite book as an inspiration. Book page poetry is really neat and a great way to show creativity with older kids. This is an interesting way to teach poetry.
Collaboration Activity (good for mentor time) from: In the middle: Life as a seventh grade language arts teacher. The Cup Challenge - teach students how to work in cooperative groups with this simple and fun challenge.
SINK THE SIGHT WORD PIRATE SHIPS Can you find and sink the enemy's pirate ships? Find out with this twist on an old favorite! Played in pairs kids write their words place them on the ocean and then try and work out where the opponent's ships are.