Commuting never looked so good! I can personally vouch for these 5 recommended podcasts. In the weekend we had a 40 minute drive through windy roads, and there was not a peep out of my two as they were hooked on one of the podcasts mentioned in the article - The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (suitable for 8-12 year olds). Podcasts are a great alternative for those who find decoding print challenging, so they can help with differentiation in the classroom.
Sometimes help is needed to get the creative juices flowing. Todd Finley at Edutopia has put together a great list of 50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels to get people started. As a bonus feature, at the end of the article you can find suggestions of background music to listen to while writing. There are some really interesting playlists to explore.