We all learn in different ways, and kids are no different. We, as educators, need lots of tips and tricks in our teacher toolboxes! As you know, when you get kids involved in their learning...talking with their peers...getting hands-on... and doing activities other than just paper-pencil, they are going to be more enthusiastic about learning! Personally, I get GIDDY (probably more than I should...lol) when I find new strategies to use with my kiddos! You do have to model and practice partner/group activities just like you would for centers so guidelines are established and practiced, and mastered so students can be successful...but you already know that! :)
and Pictionary, Word Bump and Paint Chip Vocabulary for vocabulary. Perhaps you are needing some new ideas, as we all do! I'd love for you to check it out. You can find it HERE.