For students to become both confident and comfortable writing, they need to practice the habit daily. Devoting as little as 15 minutes of each day to writing can make a big difference.
"That’s where writing prompts are valuable," says Genia Connell, a third-grade teacher in Troy, Michigan.
“I rely on writing prompts for my students to get their daily dose of writing,” Connell says.
Having them on hand is particularly helpful on whirlwind days, as well as when you have a guest teacher or an unexpected substitute filling in, she says. Read on to discover the writing prompts Connell uses in her classroom each spring.
Spring-Themed Writing Prompts
These handy writing prompts stand alone, Connell notes. “They don't need an accompanying mini-lesson,” she says.
Plus, students can complete them independently — no need to pair students up in groups, or stand over them to offer help.
It’s Raining Cats & Dogs
Springtime brings wet weather that’s evocatively described as “raining cats and dogs.” In this writing prompt, students will write a story about what it would be like if it actually rained cats and dogs.
Download a printable that includes the prompt, plus writing space for students to use.
Brainstorming Solutions on Earth Day
On Earth Day—or anytime of year—use this writing prompt to encourage students to think creatively about ways to preserve the planet and introduce key STEM concepts.
Reimagining Paul Revere’s Ride
Patriots’ Day commemorates Paul Revere’s midnight ride. For this writing prompt, students will rewrite the events of that historic evening as if they were occurring today.
Download a printable with this prompt along with writing paper.
An Interview With Mother Nature
Help get kids thinking about nature! For this writing printable, students will brainstorm interview questions for Mother Nature. Next, they can pick one and write out a potential response.
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This printable includes the writing prompts mentioned above, along with seven additional ideas to get students writing.
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