June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59763
This is a great idea!
I also get my children to decorate their writing book at the start of the year with a variety of photos of family/events/holidays and cartoons that they enjoy.
If they are stuck for writing ideas I encourage them to take a look at the front and back cover for inspiration. Children write best about things they know well!
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59764
I love this idea. I have had a parent helper collect pics from magazines – sometimes the ads are quite funny.
These were glued on card and laminated to use as a writing prompt. They are fabulous – one of a man with a bandaid on his nose (insurance I think), and another favourite is a boy, wearing a t-shirt which has been pegged on the line (I think it was advertising sewing machines) – we just cut around the advertising parts 🙂
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59765
I use pictures of animals from a calendar. I display them all and then the students choose an animal to write a riddle about. For example one clue may be –I have small, beady eyes and a thick fluffy tail. My face looks like I am wearing a mask. Who am I? The writing paper is folded so that they can lift the flap and draw a picture of the animal they choose. They love this activity.They read aloud so that their fellow classmates can guess.
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59766
Recently, I used this technique with my Title I third grade class. Using a wintery forest picture from a calendar, I had them pretend they were in this forest taking a walk.
We talked about what we saw and brainstormed descriptive adjectives–snowy trees, white branches, etc. We did it for each of the 5 senses. They did this in pairs.
You could do this as a shared writing lesson as well. For an activity later on, each child will have 5 sticky notes–one for each sense and their own picture for creating descriptive phrases.
These steps make it easier to form into an interesting paragraph.
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59767
My favorite photo was out of National Geographic. It was a photo of three pigs stranded on a board during a flood. I had the students write dialog between the pigs.
June 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #59768
Thanks so much for this idea – it’s great.
You could even use ‘speech bubbles’ or ‘thinking bubbles’ to write about what the people are saying or thinking in the picture about the situation.
Thanks for sharing…
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