First here is a blog with some wonderful ideas for word work using a modified daily 5 (she does the daily 3 for 5th grade). I'm interested in using the daily 5 in my classroom next year. I'm not sure how to modify it for 4th grade yet, but this daily 3 blog may led to more ideas. I was particularly interested in the word work post.
I haven't heard of all of these options, but I will do more reading to find out! That is the first project I plan to accomplish right before or right after my trip!
Now this is something that I would think I can handle making before we go. One area that I really want to hit a lot harder next year is grammar. I plan on changing the sticks to match spelling words for students as well as high-frequency words-- as the end of the year I am hoping to even add adverbs and proper nouns!
I am planning on creating these early in the year next year because my kiddos certainly needed a refresher before they were ready to move on to the big money problems. I think this could be great for many age groups (maybe not 5th and 6th), but a good review and practice.
I will probably need to adapt quite a bit of these activities to be school/age appropriate (some are religious). The original source is from here.
I hope this gets some of your idea gears turning! Hopefully I will be feverishly working-- it's just hard to get going knowing that I will be leaving for Ireland in 3 days! I'll post when I get home; perhaps even with some pictures from Ireland :)