Writing Prompts for Elementary School Students

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Writing is an essential skill and an important part of elementary school studies. However, writing inspiration does not come easily to every student. Like adults, many children experience writer's block, particularly when an assignment is extremely open-ended.

Good writing prompts get students' creative juices flowing, help them write more freely, and ease any anxiety they may feel about the writing process. To integrate writing prompts into your lessons, ask students to choose one writing prompt each day or week. To make the activity more challenging, encourage them to write without stopping for at least five minutes, increasing the number of minutes that they devote to writing over time.

Remind your students that there is no wrong way to respond to the prompts and that they should simply have fun and let their creative minds wander. After all, just as athletes need to warm up their muscles, writers need to warm up their minds.

Elementary School Writing Prompts

  1. My biggest goal in life is...
  2. The best book I ever read was...
  3. The happiest moment in my life was when...
  4. When I grow up, I want to...
  5. The most interesting place I have ever been to was...
  6. Name three things you don't like about school and why.
  7. The strangest dream I ever had was...
  8. The person I admire most is...
  9. When I turn 16, I will...
  10. Who is the funniest member of your family and why?
  11. I get scared when...
  12. Five things I would do if I had more money are...
  13. What is your favorite sport and why?
  14. What would you do if you could change the world?
  15. Dear teacher, I would like to know...
  16. Dear President Washington, what was it like to be the first president?
  17. My happiest day was...
  18. My saddest day was...
  19. If I had three wishes, I would wish for...
  20. Describe your best friend, how you met, and why you are friends.
  21. Describe your favorite animal and why.
  22. Three things I like to do with my pet elephant are...
  23. The time a bat was in my house...
  24. When I become an adult, the first thing I want to do is...
  25. My best vacation was when I went to...
  26. The top three reasons that people argue are...
  27. Describe five reasons that going to school is important.
  28. What is your favorite television show and why?
  29. The time I found a dinosaur in my backyard...
  30. Describe the best present you ever received.
  31. Describe your most unusual talent.
  32. My most embarrassing moment was when...
  33. Describe your favorite food and why.
  34. Describe your least favorite food and why.
  35. The top three qualities of a best friend are...
  36. Write about what you would cook for an enemy.
  37. Use these words in a story: scared, angry, Sunday, bugs.
  38. What's your idea of a perfect vacation?
  39. Write about why someone might be afraid of snakes.
  40. List five rules that you have broken and why you broke them.
  41. What is your favorite video game and why?
  42. I wish someone had told me that...
  43. Describe the hottest day you can remember.
  44. Write about the best decision you've ever made.
  45. I opened the door, saw a clown, and then...
  46. The last time the power went out, I...
  47. Write about five things you can do if the power goes out.
  48. If I were president, I would...
  49. Create a poem using the words: love, happy, smart, sunny.
  50. The time my teacher forgot to wear shoes...

Tips

  • For prompts that ask students to write about a person, encourage them to write two responses—one response about a friend or family member, and another about someone they don't know personally. This exercise encourages children to think outside the box.
  • Remind students that their responses can be fantastical. When the confines of realism are eliminated, students are free to think more creatively, which often inspires greater engagement in the project.

If you're looking for more writing ideas, try our lists of journal prompts or ideas for writing about important people in history like Martin Luther King Jr.