By Hilarie N. Staton. More than 80 classroom-tested activities strengthen vital thinking and writing skills through multiple exercises. Each lesson begins with the introduction of a concept and some brainstorming and/or prewriting, followed by a writing assignment. For example, in "Roar Like a Lion," kids learn about figurative language and write a few comparisons of their own. Then they describe a trip to the zoo, using figurative language to depict the animals.