52 Elementary Writing Prompts

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One for every week of the year!

This fun list of elementary writing prompts is designed just for kids. Your students are already curious and wanting to be silly. Capitalize on their natural exuberance with this fun list of journal writing ideas. By developing good writing skills early, you are providing a chance for kids to express themselves in writing, without the pressure of writing the "right" thing.

This is a list of 52 fun writing prompts for elementary students, one for every week of the year, including the summer! And the excellent thing about elementary writing prompts is that you can use them again for next year's class.

Use these prompts in whatever way you choose: pick and choose the ones that fit your learning goals, or use them all. It's up to you. If you are planning for the start of the year, see this list of first day of class writing prompts. As a former classroom teacher, I do understand how many things there are to do in a day. These prompts could be just one less thing that you have to worry about.

Also, remember that prompts can be modified. Add a sentence to make it more complex, or take away to make it more simple. For my American readers, there are new standards in many states called the Common Core State Standards. These elementary writing prompts have been developed in view helping to develop the skills outlined in these Standards. They can be used as journal prompts or developed in more extensive writing assignments.

The List of 52 Elementary Writing Prompts

Narrative Writing: Have you ever ...

1. Have you ever been to another country? If yes, how was it? If not, where would you like to go, and why?

2. Have you ever eaten Chinese food? If yes, how did it taste, and where did you have it? If not, what kind of new food would you like to try sometime? Why?

3. Have you ever done something really scary? Write about what you did, that was scary! If not, what do you think would be really scary to do, and why?

4. Have you ever made a homemade gift? What did you make and who did you give it to? How did they like it? If not, what gift would you like to make and why?

5. Have you ever been given a surprise party? Tell about it. If not, would you like to have a surprise party? Why or why not?

6. Have you ever written a letter on paper, and sent it? Tell about the letter. If not, what kind of letter would you like to send?

7. Have you ever stayed up all night? Tell about your experience. If not, tell what you would like to do if you stayed up all night.

8. Have you ever been to the zoo? Write about what happened on your trip. If not, write about another exciting trip that you have taken.

9. Have you ever slept all day? If so, write about why you slept all day, and how you felt when you got up. If not, imagine how someone would feel if they slept all day, and why they would do it.

10. Have you ever gone hiking? If so, write about your day. If not, write about what you think would be the perfect hiking day.

Narrative Writing: The Day I ...

The Day I Started School ...

11. The day I met my best friend.

12. The day I wished would never end.

13. The day I wished I'd stayed in bed.

14. The day I learned to ....

15. The day I started school.

16. The day I will never forget.

17. The day I fought and won.

18. The day I forgot ...

19. The day I gave ...

20. The day I felt ...

Opinion/Narrative Writing: After ...

21. After a boy gets in a fight, he usually ..

22. After two people meet, they should ...

23. After the Olympics, the athletes will probably ...

24. After someone graduates from high school, they usually ...

25. After you fail, you usually feel ...

26. After the rain ....

27. After the ball drops ...

28. After the concert ...

29. After the dog barked ...

30. After the fire truck went by ...

Opinion Writing: I believe that ...

Cereal is the best breakfast?

31. I believe that children should not be given homework. Agree or disagree.

32. I believe that UFO's are real. Agree or disagree.

33. I believe that family is the most important thing in the world. Agree or disagree.

34. I believe that dogs are smarter than cats. Agree or disagree.

35. I believe that television is good for the brain. Agree or disagree.

36. I believe that the Olympics help world peace. Agree or disagree.

37. I believe that a good hair cut changes your life. Agree or disagree.

38. I believe that it is fun to help people. Agree or disagree.

39. I believe that forgiveness is important. Agree or disagree.

40. I believe that cereal is the best breakfast. Agree or disagree.

Opinion Writing: The Best Thing About ...

41. The best thing about my Mom is ...

42. The best thing about my Dad is ...

43. The best thing about my class is ...

44. The best thing about my bedroom is ...

45. The best thing about my friend is ...

46. The best thing about candy is...

47. The best thing about Canada is ...

48. The best thing about giraffes is...

49 The best thing about running is ...

50. The best thing about reading is ...

51. The best thing about today is ...

52. The best thing about this year is ..

More Tips on Using The Prompts

Well, I hope you enjoy the list of elementary writing prompts! And just a reminder. These are yours to use. Change them, modify them, to fit your curriculum and objectives. These are primarily designed to be journal prompts, but you could also expand the questions and ask for an essay or story.

You could also use some of them for writing fiction, especially the last five "after prompts." These prompts also make for some great class discussions. Write a prompt on the board and get some brainstorming going. Use them at the end of the day, for an exit exercise.

After the writing is done, you can also continue the dialogue by having students discuss what they have written. Throw in some math objectives by having students count who agrees and who disagrees with the "I believe..." prompts. These are some ideas. I am sure other teachers will come up with more ways to use them. Happy teaching!

If you are done, check for more journal prompts. As well, see more ideas for journal writing in the classroom.

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