We are cruising right along with our Daily 5 and entering into the Work on Writing stage.
While we've been working on writing since day 1... they are becoming more independent and will have more opportunities to write about their own topics.
This year I started these WRITE ON... cards to help my young writers. I've created about 8 I think (with many more all over my computer ;). I have been so happy with them. Offering them a few words on a topic has allowed them to strengthen their writing skills and concentrate on letting their 'juices flow' ;). We've focused on topic, complete sentences, punctuations, details etc.
I've made sets of 5 of each card (that I've made and will make) and just punch a hole in the corner and fasten them with a silver ring. I plan to put these in the Work on Writing Station along with other materials to make their time at this Daily 5 more enjoyable. I plan on using them as a class to continue strengthening various writing skills in the curriculum, too. If my blog friends have any interest... I'd love to share this file with you.