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February 24, 2023

50 ChatGPT Prompts for Teachers

ChatGPT is fast becoming a valuable tool for teachers! Not only can this AI chatbot save you time and improve your teacher workflow, it can also help you create innovative learning experiences and build easy assessment opportunities. The following list of prompts will help you craft “just right” commands so you can get the most out of this robust tool. Find a prompt, modify it to suit your needs, and see the difference it can make in your classroom!

Create Assessment Supports

  • Write open-ended questions: “Give me 10 question prompts to assess students’ understanding of animal adaptations.”
  • Write multiple-choice questions: “Provide 10 multiple choice questions about the period of Reconstruction.”
  • Create questions based on a video transcript: Copy YouTube (or other video) transcript and paste into ChatGPT. Ask to “Generate 5 multiple choice/fill-in-the-blank/open-ended questions from this transcript.”
  • Create questions based on a text: “Give me 10 open-ended questions about the text Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.”
  • Design a rubric: “Create a rubric to grade an 8th grade informational report on the history and culture of the Dakota tribal nation.”
  • Generate IEP goals: “Based on the following student abilities [insert abilities here], give me 5 specific and measurable goals for the student to work towards.”
  • Create a study guide: “Give me a study guide for an 8th grade student preparing for a test on the branches of government.”
  • Generate a set of practice problems: “Create a set of practice problems for 3rd grade students learning beginner algebra.”
  • Create flashcards: “Create a set of vocabulary flashcards for a unit on geographic landforms.”

Design Lessons and Activities

  • Generate descriptions of historical events and biographies: “Summarize the life of Anne Frank in 50 words or less.”
  • Generate an age-appropriate explanation: “Explain a lunar eclipse for an 8 year old.”
  • Develop directions: “Write step-by-step directions for creating reminders in Google Calendar.”
  • Hook students with an interesting lesson introduction: “Give me 5 fun ways to introduce a lesson on the properties of water.”
  • Create a script for your lesson: “I want to teach the concept of sentence fluency to my 3rd graders. What can I say to introduce the lesson?”
  • Design an entire lesson: “Create a 1 hour lesson plan for introducing the water cycle suitable for 4th graders.”
  • Create collaborative learning activity ideas: “Give me group 5 learning activities for 9th graders to learn about human geography.”
  • Create a game: “Develop the rules for a children’s game that combines rolling dice and collecting coins to equal 1 dollar.”
  • Design a unit outline: “Develop a 5 day unit plan outline for teaching students about ancient civilizations including Aztec, Roman, Greek, Chinese and Mayan.”
  • Develop a slide show presentation: “Give me a 5 slide presentation about the effects of climate change on agriculture.”
  • Differentiate for varying student needs: “Modify this lesson [insert lesson description] to support a student with visual impairment.”
  • Author short decodable reading passages: “Write a 5 sentence (decodable) paragraph containing R-controlled vowels ar, er, ur and or.”
  • Create long form reading passages: “Write a 500 word fictional passage using ‘the hero’s journey’ story arc.”
  • Write interactive stories: “Design a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ story about the American gold rush.”
  • Craft sentences using specific vocabulary: “Give me 3 sentences using the word ‘atmosphere.”
  • Extract keywords from a text: “Give me 5 key words from the following piece of text [paste text] and provide definitions for all of them.”
  • Create a list of words using any criteria: “Give me a list of adverbs.”
  • Generate a table of information: “Create a table of animal adaptations organized under habitat column headings.”

Craft Better Communication

  • Respond to a challenging situation with a caregiver: “Give me advice for talking to a caregiver about their child who is struggling to turn in work on time.”
  • Write an email newsletter: “Write an email newsletter for families of my kindergarten students that includes [fill in the required information].”
  • Create an email template: “Design an email template for communicating with school staff about the important events for the week.”
  • Write an email: “Write an email reminding families to sign up for a virtual conference slot before the end of the week.”
  • Revise copy or email message: “Rewrite this text using more precise, clear and professional wording.”
  • Generate captions for social media posts: “Write 5 caption options for a social media post for a basketball team’s game highlights.”
  • Generate content for anchor charts and posters: “Create a poster that lists 5 things students should remember when working in a collaborative group.”
  • Create classroom management prompts: “Generate ideas for interacting with students who may be passively disengaged or disruptive in a high school math class.”

Create Writing Supports

  • Paste text into ChatGPT, ask to revise: “Revise this piece of text to be more concise (or simple, complex, or humorous).”
  • Edit existing piece of writing: “Edit this paragraph for grammar.”
  • Ask for titles that align with your writing focus: “Give me 5 titles for a project on the origins of the Stonewall Riots.”
  • Generate writing samples: “Write a persuasive paragraph for a 6th grade audience explaining why social media apps should be banned for kids under 13 years old.”
  • Generate writing samples aligned to rubric criteria: “Generate an exemplary essay on the causes of World War II that meets the following criteria [paste criteria].”
  • Remix student writing: “Change this piece of writing into a poem (or play with 4 characters, persuasive debate, or a children’s book).”
  • Remix student writing to follow a particular writing style: “Rewrite this text in the style of Dr. Seuss.”
  • Scaffold student self-reflection: “Create a set of questions or tasks that 10th grade students can use to revise their writing.”

Just for Fun!

  • Create recipes: “Give me a recipe for chicken that includes rice and broccoli.”
  • Write lyrics: “Create the lyrics for a song about the founding of America.”
  • Develop a script: “Create a script for a scene about the apocalypse that includes Dwayne Johnson and evil houseplants.”
  • Get jokes: “Give me 10 jokes suitable for teenagers.”
  • Prep for an interview: “Ask me questions as if you are the interviewer and I am a candidate for a position as an assistant principal at a middle school. Ask me the questions one at a time and wait for my answer.”
  • Get travel information: “I am traveling to Philadelphia in the summer. Suggest 10 historical landmarks for me to visit during my stay.”
  • Get life coaching: “I need a morning meditation routine that I can complete in 5 minutes that will help me calm anxiety and help me prepare for the day.”
  • Get creative mixing and matching prompts for some unique responses: “Write a long excuse for not turning in a homework assignment in a limerick-style poem. Include an alien, a peanut butter sandwich and a trampoline.”

Pro Tip for better responses:

Unlike the Google search process, the ChatGPT process works best with a very specific command, then more refined language to get closer to your desired outcome. The more you tweak your questions, the more tailored and useful the information will be!

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