This is very beneficial to use when working with students in a wider/deeper reading format (similar to what I was inquiring into in 2017). The ability to teach students to rise above and persevere especially when reading at a higher level is invaluable.
Janni also led us through an activity that could be easily adapted to any grade level. She used the theme of her grandma's birthday and had many cards made up with phrases on them that could be grouped into various themes, put together to tell a story, and/or read aloud by students. Janni talked about the importance of having the kids use the activity set multiple times during the week and for different purposes each time. This will allow students to spend time discussing different phrases each day, which will ultimately provide students with vocabulary acquisition on the provided topic.