Transition words for narrative writing are different than those used for expository writing. I would do a mini lesson on narrative transition words, and I would have students keep this in their writing folders as a reference source.
verb anchor chart You can hang this up in your classroom so that students always them when they may have issues reusing certain words a lot. This chart may give them an idea of a different verb they could be using.
AWESOME - not the paint samples necessarily, but more "core" words to use to illustrate importance of strong and specific verbs in writing! Use paint cards for teaching the Common Core Language standard about "Shades of Meaning"
I do Paint Chip Poetry, but I have kids use the names of the colors to integrate into their poems. This looks like fun -- I'll have to try it! Have kids draw them from a hat. They could practice descriptive writing using the color they draw.