As a classroom teacher, it was often hard to find time to fit writing into each school day. However, I knew that was a bad practice! There were days were we only had five minutes to write, but I knew that five minutes was better than no minutes! That’s where these funny picture writing prompts came into play!
Project Your Picture Prompt
I would go to my Pinterest board dedicated to funny pictures. From there, I would project one picture up on the board. (If your district blocks Pinterest – don’t worry! I’ll cover you later in this post.) Typically I knew which picture I wanted to use ahead of time, but sometimes I let the students help me choose.
Once I’d chosen one of the funny picture writing prompts to project, I would give the students one of the following assignments – depending on our time constraints:
- Write three captions for this photo. (You can change this to 1-5 captions.)
- Write a five sentence story about this picture. (You could say anything from 3-10 sentences.)
- Write a descriptive paragraph about this picture. (Length can be at your discretion or the students!)
- Give students a specific question to answer in regard to the picture. (Some pictures lend themselves to this more easily than others.)
- Or ANY other options you can think of.
My students had so much fun with this! This was a great time filler for those days when we just couldn’t write the full amount. And it also worked well for those crazy holidays/shortened schedule days where kiddos were already crazy!
Sometimes we would even do 2-5 pictures. It just really depended on what our schedule looked like, how quickly the kids wrote about that particular topic, and what my specific goal was.
Sometimes I would go around and “grade” their writings while they worked. This grading would simply be a participation checkmark in my notes. Other times I would tell the students that I was going to collect and grade them – often with a certain focus, such as spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. This way students knew exactly what to expect and what they should be focusing on.
At other times I wouldn’t grade anything at all. If we had time, I’d let students share their stories. Since they were silly, it was often a good time to buid student relationships and get the giggles out. 🙂
Getting Around Pinterest
I know some schools block Pinterest. 🙁 But – don’t worry! – you can still use the images at my funny picture writing prompts Pinterest board with your students!
- Go to the Pinterest board.
- Click on the picture you want students to focus on.
- Save the picture. (On a PC you do this by right-clicking and hitting “Save Picture As”)
- Make sure to save the picture to somewhere you’ll remember! (I normally save to my Desktop so the picture is easy to find.)
- If you’re on a home computer, e-mail the picture to yourself and you’ll be all set for your next funny picture writing prompts session.
Using funny picture writing prompts in the classroom is seriously a LOT of fun! There were days when we did this in the classroom that I’m not sure who laughed more – me or the students! 🙂