Different take on homework. The students do 4 questions in a row about the text they were told to read. Theres a variety of different four in a row ideas that have to do with non-fiction, fiction, reading homework for class, and a nightly reading log!
Fingerprint poetry is a great way to start a poetry unit or the beginning of the year. High school or middle school students can really express their individuality. Could blow up a photocopy of the child's finger print and use the lines as guides.