Years ago I went to a district workshop where a teacher, who had just finished her masters, was sharing her writing idea called "Small Pod Sharing".
This is how it works: I give groups of two or three children half a piece of chart paper. My only instructions are to draw and write on the paper. Sometimes I give them a very general topic related to our theme study, but other times it's completely open-ended.
The beauty of this activity is that it encourages lots of writing talk and sharing. The kids also help each other with spelling.
When we're finished, each group gets up and presents their piece. It's lots of fun and the kids love it!
Speaking of loving things, I've had several children ask me in the last two days if we can do "Play 'n Write" again (see previous post)! Don't you just love it when they ask stuff like that? Much better than ... when is it recess? Ha ha.