National Pet Day Journal Prompts to Celebrate Our Furry Friends— Though many pet owners put their furry friends first every day, National Pet Day is a very special holiday that encourages people to give greater attention to animals who could use a little extra love. Held each year on April 11th, this day of recognition is a great time to teach students about the important work that animal shelters do, the beautiful companionship that animals can offer, and what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.
These National Pet Day journal prompts give your students the chance to reflect on all of these topics and more. With questions ranging from the fantastical to the practical, these prompts will keep students engaged and interested in writing about their own pets and other animals in need. Most of the prompts are also designed to appeal to both students who own pets and to students who do not own pets—so that no one has to be left out of the fun of celebrating!
Use these National Pet Day writing prompts to bring attention to the cause of animals in need and to encourage your students to think about the benefits that owning a pet can offer!
National Pet Day Journal Prompts for Children
- If you could adopt any single new animal, what would you get? Why?
- Does your family have a pet (or several pets)? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be a good pet owner?
- Why is it so important for people to care for animals in need?
- If you were getting a new pet, would you go to a breeder, the pet store, or a shelter? Why?
- In your opinion, what is the best part of owning a pet? Why?
- If you could have an unusual animal for a pet, which would you choose? Why?
- Write about the most lovable pet you’ve ever met.
- Write a funny story about a pet that gets into some trouble when left home alone.
- Do you dream of owning a lot of pets someday? Why or why not?
- What makes a good pet name? Give a few examples of good pet names and explain why they work.
- Who do you think benefits more—the pet or the pet’s owner? Why?
- Write a poem about a unique pet that makes a big difference in the lives of one family.
- What animal makes the best pet? Why?
- What is the hardest part of owning a pet? Why is it so challenging?
- Do any of your friends have special pets? Write about why you like these animals.
- Write about your favorite memory with your pet.
- What would you do if your pet went missing? How would you work to get him or her back?
- Some pets help their owners with illnesses or disabilities through daily life. What do you think makes these animals so special?
- Do you have a pet that is just your own, or are your pets all family pets? Write about your experience.
- Why do some animals make better pets than others?
- What is the best part of owning a pet? Why?
- What can you do to help animals in need? Describe several ideas and how you could implement them.
- What animal would make a good class pet? Why?
- What is the most important reason that you enjoy (or would enjoy) having a pet?
- What would it be like if cats and dogs had humans as pets?
- How do you plan to celebrate National Pet Day this year?
- What is your pet’s favorite thing to do? Why do you think he or she likes it so much?
- What is one thing our class could do to promote pet adoptions? Describe your idea in detail.
- What type of animal do you feel the closest connection with? Why?
- What piece of advice would you give to someone who is considering getting a new pet?
- Do you think everyone should have a pet? Why or why not?
Until next time, journal on…
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