Write a story about this picture. Or use as a cause & effect prompt-- half the class writes a paragraph about about what caused this and the other half writes a paragraph or two about what the effects of this picture are. Then randomly match one of each together and read out loud. Kids love it!
Differentiate homework & give students choice... Students choose when to do deliberate practice in math 20 min. [review (meet expectations) or take on a challenge (exceed expectations), & in literacy [write for 60 min./week & read for 60 min./week.] Logging what they have done & showing their progress to the teacher throughout the week is mandatory.