34 Writing Prompts Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Journaling is a powerful activity for students and adults of all ages, but it is especially effective for young students who are still learning how to write and clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings on the page.  When students write and reflect daily, they improve their critical thinking skills, become better at presenting facts in a logical manner, and feel more comfortable expressing their own ideas.

1st grade to 5th grade writing idea

These themed writing prompts for 1st grade to 5th grade students are all centered around the ideas of identity and personality.  Young students typically enjoy writing more when they get to write about a topic they know well—so in these all-new prompts, your students will write about themselves!  As they describe their families, share their secret talents, and recall their earliest memories, students will have the chance to practice writing, storytelling, and critical thinking.  Best of all, they’ll also enjoy the opportunity to share their own personality in their schoolwork!

Use these themed journal prompts for kids in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade to help your students learn how to better understand, process, and articulate their thoughts and ideas!

34 New Writing Prompts for 1st – 5th Graders Themed around Identity and Personality

  1. Why does your name suit you?
  2. Describe your family.  Who do you live with? Do you have any pets?  Who is in your extended family?
  3. What is the most fun thing you’ve done this week?  What did you like about it?
  4. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone else?  How did their reaction make you feel?
  5. What do you like to do when you spend time with your family?
  6. Do your parents give you an allowance?  Why or why not?
  7. What would the perfect birthday look like?  Describe your ideal cake, party, and presents.
  8. Would you rather go to a friend’s house or have a friend over to your house?  Why?
  9. If you could have any one quality that your best friend has, what would you choose?  Why?
  10. Write about a time when you made one of your friends laugh.  What did you do?  How did you feel seeing him or her smile?
  11. What is a secret talent you have that no one else knows about?
  12. Describe your house.  What does it look like?  What is your favorite room?
  13. What do your parents do for a living?  Would you ever like to do their jobs?  Why or why not?
  14. Make a list of five words that describe your personality.  Then, write about why you chose each word.
  15. What is your favorite hobby?  Why do you like it?
  16. Would you rather go play outside or inside—and why?
  17. What is your favorite thing about going to school each day?  What do you like about it?
  18. Would you rather stay at school longer each day and have no homework, or get out early and have more homework?  Why?
  19. What is the best thing to do at recess?  Who do you like to play with the most at recess?
  20. Write about something you can do really well.  Where did you learn how to do that thing?
  21. What is your earliest memory?  Try to describe it using your five senses.
  22. What is your favorite story?  Why do you like it?  Who first shared the story with you?
  23. If you had to become an animal for a week, which would you choose?  Why?
  24. Would you rather travel somewhere by bike, car, train, plane, or boat?  Why?
  25. What is your favorite toy?  Why is it special to you?
  26. What would your dream school look like?  What classes would the school offer?
  27. Is there anything you consider to be “lucky”?  What is it—and why do you think it brings you luck?
  28. Make a list of 10 things that describe who you are and what you like to do.  Then, share your list with the rest of the class anonymously and have everyone try to guess which list belongs to who.
  29. What is your favorite food?  Do you ever get tired of eating it?  Why or why not?
  30. What is the best thing about being in _____ grade—and why?
  31. Would you rather be a kid, a teenager, or an adult?  Why?
  32. Would you rather play a video game, read a book, or go swimming?  Why?
  33. How did you get your nickname?  If you don’t have a nickname, what would be a good nickname for you?  Why?
  34. Write about a person or thing that always makes you laugh—and describe why you like that person or thing so much.

Until next time, journal on…