35 Fun and Easy Writing Prompt Ideas for First Graders + 12 BONUS Prompts — After spending a year in kindergarten balancing the importance of play with the basics of life in the classroom, first grade students are ready to begin reading and writing in earnest. Oh yeah.
By offering your first grade students a safe and supportive writing place to express themselves freely, you can show them that their ideas matter—and that what they have to say is important and deserving of attention.
Best of all, doing so can help instill a love for writing in your learners. And, there are loads of excellent first grade writing prompts here for you to help your writers do just that!
- Using First Grade Writing Prompts
- 35 First Grade Writing Prompts, Journal Starters & and Journaling Prompts
- 12 NEW Bonus First Grade Writing Prompts
- 9 Favorites Writing Prompts for First Grade Writers
- See These 1st Grade Writing Resources (200+ MORE FREE Prompts)
- Yes! Lots of Practice is Key for a Young Writers
- Benefits of Journal Writing for Kids
In this blog post, you’ll find loads of excellent first grade writing prompts for your young learners.
Using First Grade Writing Prompts
Our list of fun and easy first grade writing prompts is an excellent resource for you to help your students discover the joy that writing can bring. Of course, when students love to write they will find it easier to strengthen and improve their writing skills in the years ahead.
As you know…
First graders are often just beginning to write in sentences, and journal writing is a great place to practice their new writing skills. Indeed, early learners are ready, willing, and often excited to write — they just need to be given the opportunity and the encouragement to do so.
While there are a lot of writing prompts available for elementary students in general, it is best to focus on those that are specifically created with 1st graders in mind. That’s why…
Our first grade writing prompts are simple enough that 1st grade students can read them independently while still requiring students to think critically about a specific subject or idea.
So get to it and use these first grade writing prompts and topics in your classroom lessons to help your students become strong and confident writers!
35 First Grade Writing Prompts, Journal Starters & and Journaling Prompts
- A special birthday for me is…
- A special birthday for an adult is…
- What is your favorite time of day? Explain why?
- I’d like to see…
- The biggest thing I ever saw
- If toys could talk what would they say?
- I am proud of myself because…
- What I know about rabbits is that…
- Tell about one thing you do really well?
- Insects, insects everywhere!!! Describe what you see!
- I’m happy when…
- This is how I think plants grow.
- My adventure would be
- I am afraid to __________ because
- What is your favorite room in your home and why?
- Describe your best day ever.
- What does a super-fun day look like to you?
- Climbing trees is…
- I wish trees could __________ because…
- I want to be a __________ when I grow up.
- The perfect place in the whole wide world is…
- What can you do to help you feel better when you’re feeling blue?
- Walking in the rain is…
- Noisy times and quiet times are…
- For lunch today I…
- If I were a raindrop I’d…
- I like to make __________ because…
- I am always kind to __________ because
- My favorite stuffed animal or toy is…
- What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
- If I could choose a different name, I would choose __________ and this is why…
- Let’s go __________. Describe your adventure in detail.
- What would happen if animals could talk? What questions would you like to ask them?
- Imagine that you can become invisible whenever you want to. What are some of the things you would do?
- What would you do if you were in the middle of the ocean and your boat springs a leak?
I hope you enjoyed this list of first grade writing prompts.
Now, take a peek at these…
12 NEW Bonus First Grade Writing Prompts
Here is another excellent writing resource of 1st grade writing prompts to use in your lesson plans for your kids.
- Write about your favorite activity to do at recess.
- Think about your best friend. What makes that person a good friend?
- When you are upset or angry, what do you do to help you get to feeling calm again?
- Take a nature walk. Write about what you observe.
- Do you like to read books for fun? Why or why not?
- If you have a pet, write a descriptive paragraph about your pet. If you do not have a pet, write a descriptive paragraph about a pet you would like to have.
- Write a journal entry introducing your family. Remember, every family is unique and special in its own way.
- If you could take a vacation, would you go to a place with a beach, a forest, or a mountain range?
- There is a lot of technology in your classroom and in your home. Which devices do you like best? Which devices are not your favorite?
- Look outside and observe the weather. Write about the weather that you see. Predict what the weather will be like tomorrow.
- Write about one of your important family traditions. Describe what this tradition means to you.
- Do you play a sport? If so, which one? If not, which sport or activity would you like to try?
And now, check out these…
9 Favorites Writing Prompts for First Grade Writers
And for those reluctant writers or non-writers, I suggest you use the time-tested favorite writing prompts. They are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort. And, they are an excellent way to get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.
Have students write about their:
- Favorite dessert
- Favorite place
- Favorite book
- Favorite toy
- Favorite season
- Favorite holiday
- Favorite movie
- Favorite animal
- Favorite pet
Oh yeah, you gotta love a great list of first grade writing prompts with such fun ideas that you can use with the whole class. The writing ideas to inspire your young learners are truly endless.
Encouraging your first graders to write daily will help them establish a foundation that they will build upon throughout their entire elementary school experience. Here are even more writing resources to help you do just that. Enjoy!
See These 1st Grade Writing Resources (200+ MORE FREE Prompts)
- 37 More 1st grade writing ideas
- Grade 1 printable writing worksheet and prompts
- Summer Writing for First Grade
- 180 Prompts for Kids (Yes, a WHOLE school Year’s Worth of Ideas!)
- The Elementary Classroom Writer’s Workshop in Practice
- 1st grade writing curriculum
Always remember to remind your students to keep on writing!
Yes! Lots of Practice is Key for a Young Writers
First-grade students may be beginner writers, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with only the most basic concepts and ideas. You can use journal writing as a supplement to any subject in a year one classroom, including math, science, reading, and more.
Many students love the freedom that they have when writing in a journal, and giving first graders a safe space to learn how to express their own ideas is very empowering.
While the goal of any writing assignment is to help students improve their writing skills and build upon the foundation that was established in kindergarten, it’s even better when you give students a task that teaches them to love writing.
Benefits of Journal Writing for Kids
I love journaling because it’s such a fun, creative activity—but also because it’s an incredibly valuable educational tool when used in the classroom.
When kids write regularly, they improve their basic language skills in grammar, reading, and spelling. Students who write more frequently tend to be stronger readers and more adept at composing sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
Ultimately, journal writing helps students develop strong written communication skills that will serve them well throughout their entire lives.
The ability to communicate effectively will help students as they navigate friendships in their tween and teen years when they write essays for high school and college admissions, and later on, as they begin applying for jobs and entering the workforce. Communication skills are truly a stepping stone to success.
Writing also encourages kids to explore their imaginations and to reach deep into the furthest corners of their creativity. Whether they’re interested in poetry, story-telling, or self-reflection, children have great creative potential and will learn valuable ways to express themselves through journaling.
Finally, a journal is a safe space where a child may fully express his or her own thoughts without fear of judgment or embarrassment. This space is especially powerful for young students who need somewhere to form their own ideas and become their own people.
As you can see, journaling has so many educational benefits—as well as simply being so much fun. Introduce your students to regular journaling this year (aim for at least two to three sessions per week), and watch as their minds expand and their creativity flourishes!
Until next time, write on…
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Enjoy this fantastic listing of First Grade Writing Prompts. Use them, share them, and have fun with them. Above all, just be sure to get and keep your precious students writing in their journals this school year.
Journaling is a rewarding activity for people of all ages, and it’s one of the best ways to show kids that writing can be fun and full of imagination!
Personally, I love journaling so much that years ago I wrote and published two kids journals and started JournalBuddies.com so that I could share this joyous activity with others, too.
I am rarely at a loss for something to write about in my own journal, but for young kids who are just getting started, a little nudge in the form of a writing prompt is the perfect way to get those creative juices flowing. Journal prompts offer a simple starting point for kids who aren’t sure what they should say, making it easy and inviting for anyone to begin writing.
If you want to instill the love of writing in your first-graders, this fantastic list of first grade writing prompts and journal prompts will surely prove to be a valuable tool in your classroom this year.
Above all else, I hope that journaling will become one of your and your students’ favorite activities, just as it is mine. It’s a rewarding, creative hobby that truly offers great joy and freedom.
And remember—in the spirit of helping others discover the excitement of journaling, I am always adding new posts with journal prompts and writing ideas for kids of all ages. Check out my website to discover more creative journaling ideas and story starters for kids in elementary school to adults. But first—please enjoy these 35 first grade writing prompts that will give your students the chance to imagine, reflect, and dream as they write!