30 Brand New Creative Writing Topics for Grade 3 Students
When kids write, their minds are opened to brand new worlds and endless possibilities—and there is no form of writing more conducive to inspiring ideas than journaling. Students who keep regular journals enjoy the opportunity to explore their deepest thoughts in a totally safe space. For younger kids who are still learning how to be comfortable with expressing their ideas in front of their peers, a journal offers the freedom to think aloud without fear of judgment—and in turn, helps students become accustomed to sharing their own ideas and opinions.
Journal prompts are one of the best ways to get young students started on regular writing and self-expression. In these 30 new creative writing topics for grade 3 students, your class will get to explore wild hypotheticals such as what three wishes they would request from a magic genie and what new ways of life people might experience in the future. They’ll also practice self-reflection as they think about big topics like what it means to be a good friend and the importance of the Golden Rule.
Encourage your students to think outside the box and get comfortable with self-expression with these brand new creative writing topics for grade 3!
30 New Creative Writing Topics for Third Graders
- Write a story about the future in a world set 500 years from today. What kinds of technology do the people have? How are their lives similar and different to ours today?
- What is the best toy you’ve ever played with? What is so great about it? Do you think your other classmates would also enjoy playing with it?
- Do you like telling jokes? Why or why not? What makes a good joke?
- If you met a magic genie who would grant you three wishes, what would you wish for? Why?
- Why is it so important to treat others as we want to be treated? Write about a time when you applied the Golden Rule to an interaction with one of your friends, classmates, or siblings, and explain what happened.
- Do you typically remember your dreams? Are you more likely to remember particular kinds of dreams (funny, scary, or realistic dreams)?
- Write a brief description of the most memorable dream you’ve ever had. Then, write a story in which you make up your own creative ending to the dream.
- Think of someone who you consider to be a hero. What makes this person heroic?
- If you could have any cartoon character animal for a pet, which one would you choose? Why?
- Have you ever had an imaginary friend? What was he or she like?
- What is your favorite thing to do in the summer with your friends or family? What do you like about this activity?
- One day, you go outside and all of the grass and trees have turned into an ice cream sundae world. What is the first thing you would do? Write a story about how you would spend the day.
- If you could live anywhere in the entire world, where would you want to go? Why?
- Imagine that you receive a letter from Hogwarts inviting you to come learn how to be a wizard or witch. Would you go? Why or why not? What type of magical spell would you be most excited to learn?
- What does it mean to be a good friend? How can you work to be a better friend to the people in your life?
- What is the hardest part of friendship? Write about a time when you struggled to do something that one of your friends wanted. What happened?
- Write a gratitude list of 25 things that you’re thankful to have in your life. Then, choose one and explain why you’re thankful for it.
- Who is your biggest inspiration? Write about the person whom you most admire, and explain what makes him or her so special.
- What would happen if everything switched and kids were in charge of running the world? What would change? What would stay the same? Would things be better or worse—and why?
- What is your most prized possession in the entire world? Why is it so special to you?
- Do you enjoy spending the night away from home (at a friend’s house, a family member’s house, or on vacation)? Why or why not?
- What is the greatest gift you’ve ever received? Who gave you the gift? How did they react when you received it? What made the gift so special?
- If you could be invisible for a week, would you do it? Why or why not? What would you do while you were invisible?
- What is the silliest thing one of your friends has ever done? What was so funny about it?
- What is bullying? Have you ever witnessed it in our school? Give an example of bullying, and then describe three ways that you and other students could help to end the situation.
- Imagine that you suddenly have the ability to talk to animals. Which animals would you chat with first? What would you say to them? What do you think they would say to you?
- If you had the ability to instantly be an expert at any one thing, what would you choose? Why?
- Write about a time when someone surprised you (either with a gift, their actions, or with something they said). What happened? How did the surprise make you feel?
- What are your favorite and least favorite parts of each school day? If you could change one thing about each school day, what would you choose to change?
- Write about a time when you were accused of doing something that you didn’t do. How did you defend yourself? Did the other person believe you? How did their response make you feel?
Until next time, write on…