Elementary school kids seem to find just about everything around them to be funny. Writing silly short stories is one way to turn all that giggling into a creative outlet. Short stories have structure, with a cast of characters, plot line, and conclusion or punch line. Helping elementary children write funny short stories is an educational way to encourage their creativity.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- A funny short story, such as Amelia Bedelia
- Writing paper
Read a funny story as a class such as an Amelia Bedelia book. Discuss as a group what makes the short story funny and what the cast of characters were, the plot line, and what the conclusion of the story was.
Gather the elementary students and have them sit on the floor in a circle to participate in a warm-up activity before they begin writing their funny short story. Give each student a sheet of paper on a clipboard along with a pencil. Each child gets one minute to read what the person before them wrote, and then add to the story. Students will have to work quickly.
Begin timing the students. Allow 20 minutes for the funny story warm-up activity. As each minute is timed, the students have to pass their paper to the next student, and so on. Read the stories to the class once the 20 minutes are up. Decide which story turned out the funniest.
Give children a blank paper and pencil. Have them brainstorm ideas for the characters of their silly story along with the plot or situation that will take place. Encourage elementary students to find creative ways to make their story funny, such as an unlikely situation, an odd occurrence, or a silly conclusion.
Make an outline of the funny short story. Children can write out a basic outline that will be used to create their final story, which includes an introduction, the funny situation that takes place, how the characters respond to the funny action, and a conclusion to the story. Along with creating an outline, students should think of a title for their funny story.
Allow students to work on their stories for a designated amount of time. Have students take their short stories home to spend time revising them, as a homework assignment.
Have the children read their funny short stories the next class period. Encourage the elementary students to use silly voices and movements, or gestures, while reading their stories.
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