In 3rd grade, we spend time at the end of the year doing adjectives. During one class period, students move from desk to desk and write an adjective about their classmates. This is a great activity for students to work on complimenting each other and to get their descriptive juices flowing. The next step is to have students create accordion people with five descriptions. Students write their names on the back and turn them in.
On a less basic level, this can be done as an end of the year review (or beginning of the year review). Students write as many things about themselves as they can think of (favorite color, foods they like and dislike, activities they like and dislike, etc.) and then turn it into a word cloud. My favorite website is currently tagul.com, as it allows students to save their work and also gives them the opportunity to use a myriad of shapes and designs. It also works really well on the iPad.
How could you use this in your classroom?