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3rd Grade Writing Prompts PDF (Free)

Welcome to journalbuddies.com. Here you’ll find an excellent and free 3rd Grade Writing Prompts PDF plus some free writing worksheets. In these writing prompts for third-grade students your kids will make great use of their imaginations and creative spirits. Oh yeah! Now…

Writing Worksheets for 3rd Grade

You see…

Writing is an important part of a child’s education. And, what they learn as a child and how they learn it will stick with them throughout the rest of their lives. 

Which is why I want to ask you…

Are your third graders writing or journaling on a regular basis?  I hope so because after having them practice daily writing for just a couple of weeks, you’ll most likely notice a marked improvement in your student’s writing skill development.


You may also notice an improvement in their ability to present clear, cohesive reasoning for their beliefs.


To help support you in your efforts to provide children with the writing skills they need to succeed in life, I offer you the following free writing resources. Some of the resources below are writing worksheets and others are printables. I also share a bonus list of prompts for third graders as well as a link to our favorite writing worksheet resource for first graders.

If you need fun ways to support your child’s writing skill development, you have come to the right place. I welcome you and hope you enjoy the resources on my blog. Enjoy!

3rd Grade Writing Prompts PDF and Free Writing Worksheets/Printables

3rd Grade Writing Prompts — This is where you can find the prompts from the printable pdf and discover even more great writing information for your grade 3 child.

More Free Grade 3 Writing Resources

Third grade is a big year for many students—they’re finally older than the “little kids,” but they’re still not quite old enough to be considered “tweens” or the “middle school kids.” As a result, the third grade can be an important year of reflection, self-awareness, and personal growth for young students.

Writing is a powerful way for kids to grow more aware of themselves.

For that reason, journal prompts for third graders often take a slightly more reflective approach than the writing prompts they may have used in their younger years. 

Writing Worksheets for 3rd Grade

Of course…

There is still (and should be!) plenty of opportunities for 3rd graders to pen silly answers to fun writing prompts, but it’s also a good time for students to begin reflecting further on the world around them—and most importantly, on their place in it.

In addition to the list of third grade writing prompts pdf and other resources above, check out the excellent and simple list of 3rd grade journal prompts below for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction.

The ideas on this list of prompts for third graders are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort.

Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels. From favorite things to creative writing ideas, there’s something here for all your writers. Enjoy!

Bonus List of 43 Prompts for 3rd-Grade Students

  1. Write a short story about finding a time machine and taking a trip to a new planet in outer space
  2. Write a journal or diary entry about your daily routine.
  3. How do you make new friends?
  4. Rewrite the ending of your favorite fairy tale.
  5. Write a letter to your future self.
  6. Write a story about an elephant, a mad scientist, and a giant box.
  7. Write a short story about a frog who recently moved to a new city and is starting at a new school and looking to make a good friend on the first day.
  8. Write a story about dragons who discovered some new found magical powers and who are on a quest to find the highest mountain in the Universe.
  9. Write a story about a security guard who has a surprise encounter with a rhinoceros.
  10. Why do leaves change colors in the fall?
  11. What types of things do you love to write about and why? 
  12. Who is your favorite character from a book, movie, video game…
  13. Create your own fictional character and write about it in a historical time period that interests you.
  14. Write about the autumn season weather forecast (or another season if you prefer). 
  15. Homework, Chores, yay or nay?
  16. Would you like to give or receive a surprise birthday party (or both) and why? 
  17. Create a new vegetable that kids love. Write about it in detail. 
  18. Do you think correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important skills? 
  19. Pick a random book, open it, and write about the first word you see in it. 
  20. Write a travel guide about the town, city, or area where you live.
  21. What sort of things do you hope to do next year? Is there a very important event coming up for you?
  22. Write a review of the movie you saw in the last month. 
  23. Write a news story from the perspective of an ant (or an alien!)
  24. Oranges for orange juice or lemons for lemonade. Which would you pick and why?
  25. Favorite video game (or board game)
  26. Favorite foods
  27. Favorite place
  28. Favorite person
  29. Favorite pizza
  30. Favorite toys
  31. Favorite sport
  32. Favorite song and type of music
  33. Favorite birthday celebration
  34. Favorite rides and/or amusement parks
  35. Favorite movie
  36. Favorite animals
  37. Favorite movie and/or movie star
  38. Your favorite types of clothes to wear and why
  39. Best pets or type of pet you’d love to have
  40. Write about your best strengths
  41. If I could spend my whole day doing…
  42. If I were in charge of the whole world, I’d…
  43. If I were in charge of the school lunch menu, I’d…

I hope you enjoyed our list of 3rd grade writing prompts.

For even more inspiration see this list of 30 Fun 3rd Grade Writing Prompts also on my blog.

Writing Help & Tips for Third Grade Writers

Use the tips below to improve the writing process for your young writer and help to keep them engaged.

1. Writing Is Important

Show your third grader why writing is important. You can do so by modeling the importance of writing. For example, when you write stuff down do so in front of your child.

You can make this more powerful by reading out loud what you are recording as you are writing it. Explain the value writing offers in the situation. Do what you can to help your child see the value of writing.

2. Proper Writing Tools

Be sure your child has the proper writing tools. This means the correct writing paper for your child’s age. The paper could have lines, no lines, or a fun pattern on it that your child loves.

Children also enjoy writing with their very own “special” crayons, pencils, or markers. You could make getting your child’s writing tools a big deal. Let your third grader know their writing tools are valuable. After all, they support them in learning a vital life skill.

3. Easy Access to Writing Tools

Leave plenty of paper, crayons, markers, and pencils available for your child to use whenever they are feeling creative. Encourage your kids to draw and scribble as much as they want to.

Further, mix it up and ask children to draw and write about activities they did that day. You want them to get used to writing things down, especially in this age of technology.

4. Encourage Writing

Encourage your child to write, write, write. Write when they are happy, when they are sad, and when they are not sure how they feel.  Ask them to write funny stories or their name over and over again. You could have them trace the letters of their first name. Ask them to read back to you everything that they wrote.

To further encourage a child’s writing skill development, do not correct the child on the mistakes that he or she makes. Doing so could end up making them feel bad about writing. Remember, this is writing practice, not a test.

If you decide to go ahead and correct mistakes, you must be gentle. This will help your child feel a little better about your feedback and not take it to heart.

5. Make Learning Writing Fun!

Learning to write doesn’t have to be a hassle or boring for children, rather you can make it fun. When learning any new skill, it has to interest and engage a child.

Consider playing games together that involves writing. For example, you could play hangman or Scrabble. You could even create a word search that has your child’s name in it.

Don’t forget to encourage your grade 3 child to write some fun stories that will make you both laugh and be sure to encourage them to draw plenty of pictures if they are the more artistic type (or even if they aren’t!).

6. Reward Your Child’s Writing Efforts

When you are offering writing help for third graders, it is important that you reward your child when they do a great job. It could be with their favorite food, a special trip to the grocery store to buy their favorite snack, or spending quality time together. The reward could even be a new pack of markers and crayons.

Remember, when teaching writing, you and your child can have a great time. You’re learning and laughing together. Plus, you’re making fun memories that will last a lifetime

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Until next time, keep on
practicing those writing skills with your third graders…

Journal Buddies Jill
creator and curator

Printable Writing Worksheets for Third Grade Students

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