- 3 Classroom Computers with one printer (no extra gadgets!)
- 1 Overhead Projector
Now I wanted to get my kids writing, and I was almost as bored as they were of cheesy sentence prompts. I wanted to give them something visual. I did a search for picture prompts, and the best thing I could find was a selection of mystery pictures by Chris Van Allsburg from his book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
I used the pictures and the kids loved it. (Here is a slideshow of pictures)
As I looked around a bit more, I realized there wasn't a whole lot that was labeled for pictures prompts (at least that would come up in a google search). Then by some luck, I stumbled upon MNBC's Week in Pictures. This is a great site, because they give you some amazing pictures every week. Here are a few I used with my students:
The site will give you captions and a little context, but you can also just have the kids make up what they think is happening or is going to happen.
All you have to do is save the pictures, and project them (I used my Ipod). The kids will have a blast. It is open ended so the creativity can explode.
Enjoy. Let me know your results.