We had literacy night at my 5th and 6th grade school a few nights ago. I used Rory’s Story Cubes for my table. If you have never seen these, they are great story starters. There are a total of 9 dice. The player rolls the cubes and then tries to make a story using all of them. The sides of the cubes have different symbols on them that the player can interpret. For instance, the symbol that looks like fire could be fire, flame, burn, etc. So different people might interpret the dice differently and come up with a completely different story.
There are several sets of cubes like Voyages and Actions. They recently added the Batman set which I can only assume is awesome! The website has some great ideas for using the cubes. I also found some writing frames on Teachers Pay Teachers to help kids get started. There is even an app.
All in all my table was a success. The kids had a great time and I was impressed with some of the stories they came up with. Rory’s Story Cubes are great creative writing tools. Since my special needs students have difficulty spelling words and being able to write, I like to use them to work on expressive language.