These 3rd grade writing prompts give your students the chance to write about their experiences and the issues that are important to their lives. They’ll consider the similarities between themselves and their best friends, reflect on their own abilities and talents, and even answer silly questions like what animals they would hang out with if they managed a zoo.
Use these third-grade writing prompts to help maturing students unpack their thoughts each day.
Writing helps children make sense of their sometimes confusing emotions, and it also helps them develop an appreciation for the arts and the power of language. By practicing daily journaling, your students will become better writers—and better thinkers.
Journal writing also gives students the opportunity to express their deepest thoughts in a judgment-free zone—and it’s one of the best ways for kids to improve their self-confidence. Whether your students have written one journal entry or 100 journal entries, the practice of daily writing can have a positive impact on their lives.
3rd Grade Writing Prompts
1. Who is the funniest person in your family? Why?
2. If you had to choose between a million ice cream cones and a million chocolate bars, what would you choose?
3. Have you ever accidentally hurt someone else’s feelings? How did you feel?
4. Write about a time when you made something for yourself. What did you make? Did it work well?
5. Write a paragraph about your most important accomplishment.
6. Create a list of words that describe yourself and a separate list for your best friend. How do they overlap? What similarities do you share?
7. Would you rather fly to space or swim to the bottom of the ocean? Why?
8. What is your favorite chore? Your least favorite chore?
9. Do you think you’ll ever own a flying car? Where would you like to take it?
10. Who was your favorite president? Why?
11. Write about something you believed as a small child that turned out to be wrong. How did you find out?
12. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? How would you use it?
13. If you could visit any planet, which would you go to?
14. Have your parents ever given you a job to do at home? What did you do?
15. If you were in charge of managing the zoo, which animals would you spend the most of your time with?
16. Are you more like your mom or your dad? How so?
17. What is the best way to keep a secret?
18. What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learned from your grandparents? What did they tell you?
19. What is your favorite book? Why?
20. If you could be any book or TV character, who would you choose?
21. Write about a crazy dream you had. Where did you go? What did you do?
22. Write about your favorite sport. What do you like about it?
23. Write a poem about your best friend.
24. What is something unique to you that no one else can do?
25. What is your favorite joke? Who taught it to you?
26. What is your favorite ice cream topping? Why?
27. Is it possible to have more than one best friend? How do you know?
28. Do you and your best friend share everything, or are there some secrets you keep to yourself?
29. Why is it so important to send thank you notes when you receive gifts?
30. If you could be in any grade in school, which grade would you like to be in?
31. What is your favorite part of the year? What do you like about it?
32. If you could visit any planet, where would you go?
33. How much time do you spend online each week? What do you do on the Internet?
34. Do you think magic tricks are real? Why or why not?
35. Why do we celebrate birthdays? What makes them special?
36. Who do you respect the most? Why?
37. Are you good at trying new things? Why or why not?
38. Do you get enough sleep before school each day? How do you feel when you don’t?
39. Would you ever want one (or another) younger sibling? Why or why not?
Grade 3 Links & Resources
- Collection of prompt ideas for third graders
- Third grade printable writing worksheets
- Summer Writing Prompts for 3rd Grade
- 3rd Grade homeschool curriculum
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