Writers workshop - Lucy Calkins story mountain. Students create notes on a post it forming small ideas. Students take the small ideas and paste them right into their notebook to creat a story. Yellow post it's are the who's, when's and what's of the story, blue can be 3 main ideas or a Problem and pink is a strong closing or the solution to the problem in the story.
Cause and effect chains! So. Much. Fun. I gave each pair of students one event to begin with (the green loop). They had to turn it into a cause and effect chain. I gave them a certain amount of time and made it into a little competition. It was a blast!