Is writing a struggle in your classroom?
Do students have a hard time choosing a topic or getting started?
Is it hard for them to write multiple details about their topic?
Do your some of your students feel limited in their vocabulary about their topic?
Are your students apprehensive about writing due to their knowledge of spelling words?
If you can relate to these writing roadblocks, keep reading and grab a FREEBIE at the end of this post to try!
So many of my first grade friends have STRUGGLED with these things in the past. Not anymore. Nope. Not at all. My first graders are eager to write independently and even my low babies are successful and confident! My students LOVE writing with Picture Prompts. I LOVE them because my students are WRITING and this resource meets the needs of ALL levels of writers in my classroom. Oh, and they are virtually NO PREP!
Scaffold of Support
The picture prompts have vocabulary words printed right on the page as a support for writers. I have taught my students that the first word names the picture and the rest of the words are words I predict they may need while writing their story. This support has made a huge difference. Not only are the words accessible for spelling but some students will read through the list as a brainstorm of details before writing.
At the bottom of the printable is a student editing checklist that I teach my students to use to check after they finish writing their story. It was important in order for this checklist to be valuable that I explicitly taught what each part of the checklist means and modeled using it in my own writing. I have a large poster of this checklist and small copies as a tool for my writers.
This resource can be used while teaching narrative, opinion and informative writing. The prompts can be used as a writing center, morning journal work, homework… I had a teacher share how she used the prompts in her classroom on my Facebook page: “This was our latest writing about polar bears! We did research all week and on Thursday and Friday they use that research along with the word bank on the paper and wrote about what they learned. Then they created their own polar bear!”
Here are a few samples. The first picture is a sample from special ed student, she was so proud to read her story aloud to her classmates. 🙂
I have included these student writing tools in the Picture Prompts resource:
I am in such awe of the sweet feedback I am getting from other teachers, this resource has helped so many children. Look what other teachers have shared:
“This has been a helpful addition to my writing intervention small groups. I teach special education K-5. I use these pages in small journal type packets. The word banks, picture prompts and even the single page of commonly used words have all been extremely useful for my students. For my oldest but most challenged, the scaffolding means the difference between independently writing and being “stuck” waiting for help. This may be the single most helpful new item I’ve used all year!” ~Tracey