I don’t know about you but my class is ANTSY right now. Everything they do involves a lot of chatting, some redirection, a clip down on our clip chart, or a class minute to regroup. I am kind of shocked because usually around this time of year my class is running on autopilot without a problem. Man….my days can be exhausting. So of course, when it comes to planning I’ve been looking for things to keep them engaged and motivated. I thought about the things that they enjoy. Aside from my choice board activities and center games, they just seem disinterested in everything. Then I came across a really cute picture prompt on Pinterest (link here to the original post). This got my wheels turning! I usually use picture prompts during reading workshop and they pretty much enjoy them so why not incorporate it into our regular lessons? And that is what I did. We now have SSW (Sustained Silent Writing) in the am following our morning activity – I alternate between SSW and SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). Here is the first picture prompt I used:
Here are a few picture prompts I plan on using over the next couple of days. All I do is project them onto the white board and allow students 15-20 minutes to write silently in their writing journal. I write a short story as well. After we write silently, I ask for volunteers to share their stories with the class. After everyone has read theirs, I share mine. This usually spills over into our morning meeting time but that is okay with me because the students are into it.
(Feel free to bookmark this post so that you can come back to it when you are ready to use these images. Pictures are enlarged so that they can be projected from this page.) *these images were found on Pinterest- view this board for the original source.
I found a lot of pictures that are great for picture prompts on pinterest- my “go to” website when looking for creative ideas for my classroom. Here are some of my favorite boards: