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2nd Grade Writing Prompts PDF (Free)

You asked; we listened. Printable 2nd grade writing prompts pdf download and free writing worksheet printables are here (and more!). Plus, this blog post is…

Writing Worksheets for 2nd Grade

Newly updated with a bonus list of writing prompts for your 2nd graders.

Oh yeah!

To help support you in your efforts to provide children with the writing skills they need, I offer you the sweet — and free — writing resources below. Plus, one of the free resources is a PDF of the awesome printable prompts exclusively from journalbuddies.com. Take a look and enjoy.

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.


Are your second 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 notice an 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.

Ok, without further ado, let’s get to those free 2nd grade writing prompts PDF printables (and more).

2nd Grade Writing Prompts PDF and Free Writing Worksheets/Printables

More Free 2nd Grade Writing Resources

Here is where you can find the prompts from the printable pdf and discover even more great writing information for your 2nd grade child –> 46 Super Second Grade Writing Prompts

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! 

Use this writing prompts list for second-grade students as a fun way to get your class interested in daily writing and to help them develop their language skills.

I think you’ll enjoy the second-grade journal writing prompt ideas on our list. (They were created by a reader of ours named Trina.) The ideas will give your students the chance to imagine, reflect, and dream as they write!

Writing Worksheets and Printable Journal Prompts

Oh, and below I also share a link to our favorite writing worksheet resource for second graders.

But first, check out yet another excellent resource for 2nd graders: 36 Fun Daily Writing Prompts for Second Graders!

Ok, now let’s explore this…

Bonus List of 18 Prompts for 2nd-Grade Students

In addition to the list of second grade writing prompts pdf and other resources above, explore this excellent and simple list of journal prompts for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction. These are writing ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much stress. Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.

  1. Favorite video game (or board game)
  2. Favorite foods
  3. Favorite place
  4. Favorite person
  5. Favorite book
  6. Favorite animals
  7. Favorite holiday
  8. Favorite toys
  9. Favorite song
  10. Favorite sport or game
  11. Favorite Halloween costume
  12. Favorite thing!
  13. Favorite birthday
  14. Write a short adventure story about a pirate, a dragon, and a frog who all have magical powers.
  15. Write a fiction story about creatures from outer space.
  16. Write a story about a time machine that you and your mom find in your neighborhood.
  17. Write a journal or diary entry about the last time you went on a field trip. 
  18. Write about your dream vacation, school, outfit, friend or…?

Writing is a powerful way for kids to grow more aware of themselves. In these writing prompts for second-grade students, your class will make great use of their imaginations and creative spirits.

For young students who have to focus on everything from school to sports to after-school activities, it can be tough to slow down and reflect on the aspects of their lives that form their identities. Fortunately, journaling gives second-graders the chance to express their thoughts and emotions on paper and to see where their feelings come from.

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed these free prompts lists, 2nd grade writing prompt pdf printable, and sweet writing worksheets for 2nd grade kids.

Now check out these…

Free Resources for 2nd Grade Writing

Writing Help & Tips

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

1. Writing Is Important

Show your second 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 second grader know their writing tools are valuable. After all, they support them in learning vital life skills.

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 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 involve 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 2 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 second 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 second graders…

Journal Buddies Jill
creator and curator

Printable 2nd Grade Writing Worksheet
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