As my interactions on Twitter became more frequent I began being contacted by people with other school based projects similar to 100 word challenge; one of which was School of Puns. It is run similarly to the 100 word challenge; each week there is a drawing posted (the prompt) and children between 4 and 13 are invited to think of captions for it which they then post on their own class/school blog. They can then use the linky tools feature to link the School of Puns to the class blog and wait and see if there’s gets picked for the Headmaster’s ‘Punning Roll of Honour’ and of course they can look at the entries from other children as well.
I think that this idea is lovely for a bit of light-hearted fun, it does not take long and lots of giggles can be had reading the other entries. I showed my year 4 class and they thought the idea of the ‘Headmaster’ with the cartoon pictures was funny and we looked at s picture with a spaceship. First we had a look at some of the other entries as a whole class; some they got and some I had to explain to them but we did enjoy them. We then tried to think of some ourselves but were very much grounded in the literal ‘Aliens kidnap her’ or ‘Alien attack’ whilst not bad attempts I felt that more work was needed in the area of wordplay and ‘puns’ for some of my stronger writers. If you have got a budding comedian or journalist in your class I think this would be the perfect site for them to showcase their wit.