I have always been taught to start the day off with a warm-up. My students, however, may not always be on point with this method. I have found regardless of how off track I get, this method seems to keep a consistent balance to the classroom. It also ensures that I cover most of the writing standards every week.
At an AP conference a few years ago, a teacher suggested having your warm-up named after a mascot or something the kids can remember. I chose BEARS because it was our mascot. B- Big Grammar (because BRAMMAR sounds silly), E- Edit (I find the daily oral language does cover quite a bit, but I also like Education World’s Every Day Edit), A- Authoring ( Writing Wednesday, but last year I had them read an article), R- Reading (Oh so painful. I have a pretty large classroom library and I have banned picture books from this activity), S- It’s really vocabulary, but lately it has been sentences.
Here is a link to some of last semester’s BEARS. Due to some of the information being copywrite and our districts Google cloud restricted, if you want a copy send a message.