Can these three buttons inspire a story from you today?
The Wacky Word Game
press each button below until you create a sentence
that puts a fun story into your head.
Student Instructions: Press the three buttons below until you have three ideas that you could write into one one story idea. Plan your story in your head. Think of some good details you'll want to include. Then write the story and share it with a friend.
Teacher Instructions: Play the "What if I found a(n) ______ that allowed me to teach ________ to _______?" game. The goal is to fill in the blanks with crazy ideas that tickle the imagination, which needs a warm up before beginning to write. Some examples your students might make:
What if I found a computer that allowed me to teach juggling to random people?
What if I found a magic coin that allowed me to teach stray cats to win the lottery?
What if I found a diary that allowed me to teach myself to find pirate treasure?
Ask your students, "How would you start your What If story idea?" and "How would it end?" Forbid them from using "Once upon a time..." and "they all lived happily ever after." Challenge them to start and end the story they write in a unique way.
Have students press the three interactive buttons above until they find a combination of words that sparks a story in their brains. It's perfectly okay of a student wants to change one of the words into a better word from his/her own mind. The buttons are just there to start the spark of inspiration.
Before writing the draft story, spend some time thinking about a perfect sentence that might start their story, and maybe a perfect sentence to end it. Here is a link to my wife's handout--Little Red Riding Hooks--which may give you some ideas on different ways to start a story that you can share with your students.
Have students draft their stories. If they include enough details and events, help them establish a paragraph or two or three out of their story in the most logical division points.
When I worked with little ones, we would try to put a story away for an entire day--at least--then come back to it to see if there is a place or two where we might add a detail or two that would make our reader enjoy the story a bit more.
Also, when I work with students, I believe if they write, the writing needs to be honored somehow, like being shared. My students always were assigned a partner who not only listened to their stories but also gave suggestions on how to maybe make the story even better than it already is.
Student Samples? If you have a student sample inspired by this page's interactive prompt, and if it would excite that student to have it be seen, please post it as a reply to this Pin at our Pinterest Board of Kid Prompts. Kindly, do not post students' last names. I'm looking for K-5 samples to share on this page, and I'll send you a gift from our Teachers Pay Teachers store if we end up publishing your student at this page as an exemplar for other students to enjoy and analyze.