Emoji polls! Students ask questions that their peers answer with an emoji, like what did you do this summer? Each student can post their poll as a status update in your virtual learning environment (Edmodo, Schoology, etc.).
Emojitranslate.com allows you to copy and paste text and translates it into emoji for you. This is a starting tool, but students will have to add more emojis to the translation. With this tool they can begin translating modernized versions of fairytales into emoji or their own imagined stories. See this example of Frozen translated into emoji- Youtube.com/watch?v=qjycf7h4KZM
Use emojis as writing prompts! Find several example on Emojinate that gives you 5 random emojis to help students create a short story.
Have students create emoji word problems their peers translate and answer.
Emojipedia is a site for discovering what each emoji means and keeping up with the latest in emoji developments and resources.