A simple play on words is the best way to get started.
This is an example of taking a common concept “snail mail” and using it in a different sense snail male. By showing them how to turn words around you might just be able to get a daily Twitter started. Even if year three boys think this is a bit corny they will realise that all they have to do to create a good solid cartoon is flick through the dictionary look for words that can have double meanings. It is even better if there needs be a change of spelling.
Once we upload a lot of these it is just as easy to turn them into concept check flash cards as well.
I will upload the worksheets here soon. This is a good exercise to do as a class collaboration. If twenty students illustrate 2 cartoons each a nice little joke book should emerge. If it is presented nicely it might make a good Christmas present.
There is another way to go about the source material for teaching children to illustrate material. Go to a basic funny joke page. Get general ideas from the pages. be sure to teach the students about copyright. Sketch out a rough draft and sen that to the author.
Have a formal permission to idea template ready for the kids to fill out and send off to the author of the joke. I will place all of this into the lesson plans when they go online.
Find more activities like these in Global Citizens Creative Arts Text. Insights and Activities.