We used whiteboards to practice cursive writing – we practiced with words rather than random letters. We learned that there is some benefit to cursive writing because it engages a different part of the brain.
We did an activity where the teachers asked us some questions (e.g. what is a US city that starts with an S, what is another word for happy, what is another word for walk, etc.) and we wrote our answers in cursive on the whiteboard. After she gave us a couple of questions she let the class suggest some questions that we then answered with our whiteboards. Some teachable moments came out of this. For example, someone said “write a 3 syllable breakfast food” and then after we all wrote our answers (hiding our whiteboards), we revealed and went around the room with each person clapping out their word to show the syllables. Our teacher also said she would have the kids get up and show her their walk when writing another word for walk (brain break). We also wrote down the name of a large mammal which was some science learning (see the cross-curricular links). We also wrote a word we found difficult to spell (another teachable moment because we practiced our spelling).