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.
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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.
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- If…, what…
- Tell a story about…
- Tell the story of what happens next.
Or read below to see how you can spend some time grabbing your own images for free.
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 would depend on what our schedule looked like, how quickly the kids wrote about that particular topic, and what my specific goal was.
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- Fall Picture Writing Prompts
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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! 🙂
Remember you can grab any of my picture writing prompt resources here if you’re looking to save time!
How fun! I can’t wait to give this a try on those days when we just are running short on time or have too much time! Thanks for the clever idea and great suggestions 🙂
I’m so glad this will work well for you! Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂
Kate Reed says
Love this idea! Very engaging for kids and teachers 🙂
tHANKS FOR A GREAT, SIMPLE IDEA. i TOO AM STRUGGLING TO FIND TIME FOR WRITING AND GET MY STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT WRITING. i THINK THEY WILL LOVE THIS!
please share more ideas
Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas.
I’m an old new teacher and I love the way you inspire your students!
Aww – thank you! While in the classroom I did my best to keep students engaged AND excited about learning. I know what a challenge it can be! Thank you for taking the time to reply. It means a lot to me. 🙂
This seems like the perfect Kickstarter to get them engaged in story writing! Thank you so much
Betsy Davidson says
I love to laugh!