35 First Grade Writing Prompts that Encourage Longer Paragraphs

These engaging prompts will have students eager to write and help them write increasingly longer paragraphs.

35 First Grade Writing Prompts that Encourage Longer Paragraphs

Writing is a new and exciting skill for first graders. They spent much of their kindergarten year learning to read and write the alphabet. Now that they’re in first grade, they’re ready to start writing different genres of texts.

Whether your students are writing in a journal or doing a more formal writing project, the first-grade writing prompts below will keep their pencils moving all year long.

Descriptive Writing Prompts

In writing assignments for first graders, you’ll often find that younger students are literal in their writing. Most kids this age are too young to write with or even understand figurative language. 

However, they can learn about descriptive writing. Be sure to tap into the five senses to help them hone their craft.

  • Describe your favorite food.
  • Describe your favorite time of day.
  • Imagine a perfect planet. What’s it like there?
  • Describe a secret animal. Trade with a friend and see if you can guess each other’s animal.
  • What is your favorite color? Make a list of everything in your favorite color.

Nonfiction Writing Prompts

Nonfiction is often a good place to start learning to write, especially for kids who think they’re not creative. Nonfiction doesn’t require them to come up with as many unique ideas but teaches them to put information in their own words.

  • What are some of the best ways to stay healthy?
  • How should you care for a pet?
  • What are the things that make a good friend?
  • Why is it important to obey the rules on the playground?
  • Explain the rules of a sport or game.
  • What items do kids need for learning?

Opinion Writing Prompts

Kids have a lot of opinions, but teaching them to express them formally can be challenging. You may want to preface these opinion writing prompts for first grade with a lesson on facts and opinions. If students plan to share their writing, you may also need to discuss respecting others’ opinions.

  • What do you think should be a new school rule?
  • The best food in the world is…
  • _____________ is the best sport because…
  • What’s one food we should get rid of?
  • Which animal is the best?
  • Why kids should have fewer chores

Narrative Writing Prompts

Narrative writing is often the easiest type of writing for younger students.

Most kids think that all writing is stories and like using their imaginations. Prompts are helpful because kids’ stories can often go off on tangents. A prompt can help them stay focused on a single topic.

  • Rewrite a fairy tale from the villain’s point of view.
  • Write a story about the craziest thing that ever happened to you.
  • How did you meet your best friend?
  • Write about your best family vacation.
  • Tell a story about an animal going on an adventure.
  • You’re stranded on an island. How do you get off?

Fun Writing Prompts

Sometimes kids need a chance to be silly. Fun 1st-grade writing prompts help kids to see that writing doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun.

Encourage kids to be creative and funny as they answer these prompts.

  • You wake up as a shoe. Describe your day.
  • What would happen if the whole world was made of ice cream?
  • If I were president for a day, I would…
  • Describe a silly planet and the aliens who live there.
  • If you could have any superpower, which one would you have? Why?
  • You meet a genie in a bottle. What are your three wishes?

Seasonal Writing Prompts

Seasonal writing prompts are a good go-to. Kids pay attention to the changing seasons and are usually excited about most holidays.

  • What do you like to do on the first snow day?
  • Describe your perfect summer vacation.
  • What do you think an elf does the day after Christmas?
  • Write a spooky Halloween story.
  • Write three things you love about fall.
  • Tell a story about the missing Easter egg.

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What First Grade Writing Should Look Like

At the beginning of the year, your expectations can be too high for writing assignments for first grade students. While a few kids may write entire paragraphs, many will only manage a sentence or two. 

Kids can get used to writing and build stamina with frequent writing assignments and first-grade journal writing prompts. By the end of the year, they may be writing five-ten sentences per assignment.

Make Writing Fun

If you want your students to enjoy writing time, you must make it enjoyable. Give them special journals to use for their writing. Let them use special pens, stickers, and anything else that makes their writing feel special. You can also create a special spot that kids can only use while writing.

Writing Up a Storm

These first-grade writing prompts are intended as a resource you can use to get your students to write with enthusiasm. The right prompts not only motivate students but also serve as a guide to help them write longer paragraphs.

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42 First Grade Writing Prompts

Never underestimate the power of a good story.

And while that is certainly true when it comes to encouraging children to read more, and consequently develop their reading ability – it is no less true when we are wanting to help students develop their writing skills.

In fact, for many kids, writing a story is one of the most enjoyable activities they take part in at school, and I’ve always tried to lean into this in my classes.

But how can we help ensure every student in the class is going to use their imagination and write a story to share?

Today we’re going to look at using writing prompts to do just that!

Why use story starters?

In a word… enthusiasm.

It’s what we need instilled in every student we are trying to help learn and better themselves.

And a silly idea for a story that switches on a lightbulb in the head of a kid who just cannot apply themselves to their learning can be the difference between significant writing progress in a year, and no progress at all.

Of course it’s not only the reluctant writers that we’re trying to reach – I love to see all levels of ability getting excited to write and share their stories.

How should writing prompts be used for this age group?

Get creative – there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to encouraging kids to get writing!

Here are some ideas:

  • Talk through a few of the prompts with the kids.
  • Try giving one prompt to the all the kids, talk them through what it means, and see the variety of stories that emerges.
  • Assign based on what you know that students interests are: e.g. animals, sports etc.
  • Have the kids draw a picture of what they think of when you read out the prompt.
  • Ask the children to share their ideas in response to reading and hearing the writing prompt. Record these on a large piece of paper where they can clearly see.

Who are these prompts for?

These writing prompts are intended for first grade age students primarily, but surrounding years in this age group will no doubt get some use out of them too.

I think it’s often best with story starters for first graders to keep the premise very straight forward.

I usually like to use a mixture of directly relatable ideas (“my best birthday party ever”), and silly ideas (“The sheep in the tent was dancing…”), to capture their attention.

The Prompts:

  • The cow at the aquarium was sleepy…
  • My best birthday party ever…
  • The sheep in the tent was dancing…
  • If I was the teacher for a day, I would…
  • The goose on the boat was excited…
  • My favorite animal is…
  • The bus driver was in the jet-boat…
  • If I could fly, I would…
  • The giraffe was at the campground…
  • If I got to spend the day with Santa…
  • The queen was in the barn…
  • If I lived in a toyshop…
  • The monkey was in the basement…
  • My bike is awesome because…
  • The giant was at the playground…
  • My friend is from space…
  • I climbed a magic tree…
  • At night the toys in my bedroom come alive…
  • I found the gate to the secret garden…
  • If I was in a hot air balloon, I would go…
  • The stuntman was in the candy store…
  • One, two, three…
  • The princess was in the treehouse…
  • I looked out the window and saw…
  • The truck driver was digging a large tunnel…
  • I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw…
  • The YouTuber was in the castle…
  • I was standing in the donut shop, when…
  • The goose at the ski-field was whispering…
  • As I was watching the magic show…
  • The pig on the train was shouting…
  • If my cat could talk…
  • The bear on the scooter was smiling…
  • If I lived in candy land…
  • The monkey at the playground was friendly…
  • If I was a super hero…
  • The zebra on the plane was crying…
  • My ideal treehouse would be…
  • There’s a magical birdhouse outside my window…
  • My dog dug up a treasure chest…
  • I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…
  • The ant felt brave so he climbed to the edge of the leaf…

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Writing Prompts for First Graders: Topics & Tips for Success

  • August 24, 2023

If you’re looking for writing prompts for first graders AND you want to learn how to help kids be successful with their writing, you’re in the right place! In this post, I’m going to share 5 steps to follow when having your 1st graders respond to writing prompts. I’ll also include examples of narrative, informational, and opinion writing prompts that you can use. Plus, I’ll share how you can use differentiation to make sure that all your young writers are successful!

Five Steps for Success When Using Writing Prompts

Step #1: choose a writing prompt that’s engaging and inspires more than a one-word or one-sentence response..

Writing can feel difficult for kids in this age group. Their writing abilities may still be limited, and some kids may feel reluctant to write. To help motivate them, choose prompts that will capture their attention!

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You’ll also want to make sure that students have enough to say when they respond to the prompt. Questions that require only a one-word or one-sentence answer will result in students finishing quickly. 

You’ll also want to make sure that students actually have something to say about the writing topic – perhaps from something they’ve experienced at school or in their daily lives, or from something related to a science/social studies topic you’ve taught them about. If you choose something outside of these areas, students won’t be successful. For example, if you ask students to write about their favorite vacation, it’s possible that they’ve never been on vacation and won’t have anything to say. Or if you ask students to write about their favorite sport but they don’t know much about sports (and you haven’t taught about them in class), they won’t be successful with this prompt, either.

Below are a few prompt ideas from m y differentiated writing prompts for first graders that are both engaging and will elicit a good response from most kids. They are organized by type of writing:

Narrative writing prompts:

  • Write about a time when you felt angry.
  • Write about a first grader who gets lost in the mall/a store. Write a story about what the first grader does.
  • Imagine that you walk into your classroom one morning and find a skunk sitting at your desk. Write a story about what happens.

Informational writing prompts:

  • Explain how to make toast.
  • Explain how day and night are the same and different.
  • Give some tips for staying healthy.
  • Choose an animal that lives in the ocean. Write interesting facts about that animal.

Opinion writing prompts:

  • What is your favorite thing to do after school? Why?
  • What is the best part about being a kid? Why?
  • What is your favorite part of the school day? Why?
  • Should kids be allowed to choose their own bedtimes? Why or why not?

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Step #2: Model how to make a plan for your writing.

When you want students to respond to a writing prompt , the first thing you’ll need to do is  model. ​ And I mean fully model – not just get them started or talk about what you want them to do! You’ll need to show them and talk them through each step in the process. (Of course, as time goes on and students become more comfortable with the writing process, you’ll be able to model less. But when they’re getting started or having difficulty, there’s no such thing as “too much” modeling!)

Using a graphic organizer is a great way to guide students in making a plan for their writing. Even if their written response is not going to be very lengthy, drawing or writing in an organizer will help them create a more complete, coherent piece of writing.

On chart paper, on the board, or under a document camera, take a blank copy of the same graphic organizer that you want students to use. Think aloud as you fill out the graphic organizer. 

Let’s say that you want to model how to respond to the prompt, “Write about a time when you tried something new.” You might say to your students (while modeling how to complete your graphic organizer):

“First graders, I want to write about a time when I tried something new – something I’ve never done before. Hmmm…well, an idea that popped into my mind was the time I first went kayaking. That happened years ago, but at the time, it was new to me. I’d never done it before.”

“Let me think about what I did first, next, and last. I’ll close my eyes for a second and picture what happened. Well, first, my husband and I listened to our kayak tour leader who was going to lead us in the water. She explained kayak safety rules and how to paddle. In my graphic organizer, I’m going to write ‘Listened to kayak tour leader explain safety rules and how to paddle.’ This is not a complete sentence but that’s okay – it’s just an idea, and I’ll add more later when I create my draft.”

(And so on.)

For narrative writing, you might give students a “timeline” graphic organizer so they can map out real events or imagined events for their story:

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Or, a simple “beginning-middle-end” graphic organizer works, too!

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For informational writing, you might try a web (each bubble includes a nonfiction fact):

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You might also try an organizer like this that encourages students to plan an introduction, facts and details, and a conclusion:

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For opinion writing, you might try a “flow chart style” graphic organizer that starts with an opinion, gives reasons, and wraps up with a conclusion:

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After you’ve modeled how to create a plan for writing, allow students to create their own plans. Another tip to help your kids be successful – allow your first graders to talk through their writing idea with a partner before they sit down to fill out their graphic organizers. This conversation can give them a starting point so it’s easier for them to begin working. It can also be motivating for reluctant writers!

Step #3: Model how to take your plan and turn it into a first draft.

Once you’ve modeled how to create a plan and students have made their own plans, it’s time to actually write! Place your graphic organizer next to your blank writing paper (drafting paper) and start modeling how to draft. Explain how you are adding more details and writing in complete sentences. 

You can also focus on a particular skill that you want students to master, like one of these writing skills:

  • Segment words and use your phonics knowledge to spell them
  • Begin each sentence with a capital letter
  • End each sentence with a punctuation mark
  • Write in complete sentences
  • Use spaces between words
  • Write with lots of details
  • Use transition words
  • Tell events in chronological order
  • Avoid run-on sentences

Once you’ve modeled how to turn your graphic organizer into a draft, it’s time for students to write! At this point, some of your young learners will be ready to write, write, write! However, some young students may still need some more support. They might be learning English as a second language, have a learning disability, struggle with language skills, have writer’s block, or simply need extra help to be successful.

This is where differentiated writing supports can really come in handy. Three great tools are sentence starters, word banks, and self-assessment checklists.

Sentence starters  can help show students how to:

  • Structure and organize their writing

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Word banks  can help students:

  • Use more specific vocabulary
  • Get a boost when spelling is a struggle for them
  • Get ideas for their writing (the word bank in the photo below lists adjectives a student might use to describe their desired school mascot)

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Self-assessment checklists  can help students:

  • Learn to revise and edit their writing (more on that in Step #4!)
  • Slow down and check their work rather than immediately declaring that they are finished

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You can even give students a combination of these tools on their writing paper, like these examples:

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In my sets of differentiated writing prompts for first grade , you get options for ALL of these supports (and combinations of them) for every single prompt! This means that you can easily choose the built-in supports you want to use. You can also differentiate by giving different students different writing paper!

Of course, as the school year goes on, you’ll want to remove these supports. The goal is for students to learn to write complete responses on their own. But with first graders, this can take time!

Step #4: Model how to revise and edit your writing.

After students are finished drafting, they might think that they are all done! But we know that an important part of the writing process is revising and editing. You’ll want to show your students how you:

  • Correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization mistakes
  • Fix grammar errors like incomplete or run-on sentences
  • Look for places that could be confusing to the reader, and add more detail
  • Add an introduction and/or conclusion, if they are missing
  • Fix up messy handwriting

This is a lot for kids to think about. The self-assessment checklists you’ve seen in previous photos can definitely help. It can also help to have kids focus on just ONE area each time they review their work (for example, do a read-through and only look for punctuation errors; do another read-through and only look for capitalization mistakes).

Revising and editing can be tricky for ALL writers – and especially for young children. They will likely need your help to fix certain mistakes. However, one of the best ways to get them to revise and edit without your help is to set up peer editing!

In peer editing, kids read each other their writing and make suggestions for improvement. Of course, they will need to see you model this so they understand how it’s done.

Step #5: Provide an opportunity for students to share their writing.

Having an audience to whom they can share their writing can be very motivating for first graders – and all students! Sharing could be as simple as sitting with a partner and reading them their finished work.

Or, you might have your students re-copy their work onto fancier final draft paper. They can read their work to their peers and you might display it on a bulletin board. You could even invite another class of students into your class, have students pair up, and allow them to share their writing.

Ready to Get Started Using Writing Prompts for First Graders?

To get access to a set of 60 fun 1st grade writing prompts for narrative, informational, and opinion writing, c lick here ! They are great for daily practice and can even be used in literacy centers, once students understand how to respond to them.

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To read how I use prompt writing with other types of writing assignments throughout the school year with my 1st graders,  click here!

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If you're looking for writing prompts for first graders AND you want to learn how to help kids be successful with their writing, this blog post is for you! In it, I share 5 steps to follow when having your 1st graders respond to writing prompts. I also include examples of narrative, informational, and opinion writing prompts that you can use. Plus, I share how you can use differentiation to make sure that all your young writers are successful! Click here for all these tips and ideas about using writing prompts with 1st graders!

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100 Fun Writing Prompts for 1st Grade: Journal Prompts

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  • Narrative Writing Prompts
  • Informative Essay Writing Prompts
  • Research Writing Prompts
  • Funny Writing Prompts
  • Self-writing Prompts
  • Fiction Writing Prompts
  • Animal Writing Prompts
  • Journal Writing Prompts For 1st Graders
  • Descriptive Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are important tools that parents can use when they want to improve their child’s inherent abilities. The right 1st grade writing prompts can help your kids improve their writing, reading, comprehension, and visual processing abilities.

By having prompts of different themes, styles, and objectives, you can diversify the way that your child approaches writing. You can also enhance their divergent thinking abilities with the right writing prompts. Let’s start with our list of the 100 best writing prompts for 1 st graders.

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10 Narrative Writing Prompts

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Narratives can be powerful teaching tools to help kids understand the importance of sequencing in writing. They can practice the core skills of narration, including storytelling, plot design, and conclusion. The best narrative-driven 1st grade journal prompts can help kids refine their writing capabilities. You can use these 1st grade narrative writing prompts to help your young ones develop their storytelling. 

1. What if you had a magical wand? What would you do with it?  

2. What are your favorite after-school activities?

3. Describe a time when you felt lost. What did you do? How did you feel?

4. What superpower would you love to have the most?

5. What are your favorite things about being in the 1 st grade?

6. Describe a difficult time in your life when you had to face some form of adversity.

7. What is your best memory from a vacation that you took with your family?

8. If you could meet one cartoon character in real life, who would it be?

9. Describe your favorite animal. What are its characteristics?

10. What is your favorite holiday? Why do you love that time of the year? 

10 Informative Essay Writing Prompts

Child following writing prompt assignment

Informative prompts help kids understand the value of being accurate, precise, and descriptive. You can have them talk about events, historical figures, and facts in greater detail with the right informative prompts.

1. Write an informative essay about animated movies for kids .  

2. Pick any stationery item from school. Write about the importance of using that tool.

3. Talk about why it is important to consume healthy foods. Why are vegetables good for us?

4. Talk about how you would teach a special skill to someone you’ve never met.

5. Talk about your favorite hobbies. Why do you enjoy participating in them?

6. Think about what you want to be when you grow up. Talk about your plan on how you’re going to achieve it.

7. Explain in detail why reading is important for all 1 st grade kids.

8. Talk about a time when you failed at something. How did you get back up and succeed?

9. What do you like the most about your best friend? Why is your friendship so special?

10. Select a food item that you love eating, and talk about why it is your favorite.

10 Research Writing Prompts

Child writing research writing prompt

Research writing is an innovative way of instilling the right work ethic in kids at an early age. You can have your kids practice reviewing, researching, and fact-checking when they prepare their writing prompts. The best 1st grade writing prompts are research-driven ones that require extensive analysis and reviewing. 

1. Talk about the origin of alligators.

2. What is the lifecycle of a butterfly? Write about all major stages.  

3. What is germination? Write about the process of germination.

4. Why does the earth have oceans?

5. Why does an elephant have large tuskers?

6. Write down five facts about your favorite teacher.

7. Research your family history. What are some interesting facts that you could find?

8. Find ten facts about your city and what makes the city special.

9. What is a biome? Why do we have biomes?

10. What does an ant eat? Describe its journey.  

10 Funny Writing Prompts

1st grader completing writing worksheet

Funny 1st grade writing prompts can be hilarious to work on, giving younger kids a chance to develop their humor. You can have them imagine funny scenarios and come up with jokes that are in the form of long paragraphs. You can talk to them about the idea of a premise, a funny line, and a storytelling joke for kids .

1. Imagine a world where every house is a gingerbread house. What would your living room look like?

2. Write a funny story about going to space and meeting an alien.

3. Write an adventure short story about saving your friend from ghosts.

4. Write a funny story about futuristic methods of transportation.

5. Imagine that you’re permanently stuck on a ship. What would your life be like?

6. Write a story about what would happen if you woke up in a dog’s body.

7. Write a story about diving into the deepest ocean in the world.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

9. What would you do if you had a tiger as a pet?

10. You have just invented a translation machine to talk to animals. What would you say first? 

10 Self-writing Prompts

Child focusing on journaling assignment

Poems for kids can be an excellent form of self-expression. You can introduce poetic 1st grade writing prompts and have your little ones practice their creative thinking skills. Poems can also empower kids to sound letters and words, which helps in cementing phonics and other concepts.

1. Write a poem about your favorite animals. 

2. Talk about your day, but in the form of a poem. Make it rhyme to AABB.    

3. Create a poem about the spring season.   

4. Write a Haiku about the sky.

5. Create a Limerick about how much you love dancing.

6. Write a poem about the tiniest things in the universe.

7. Can you write a poem about words that don’t rhyme? Try it!

8. Write a poem about the letters of the alphabet.

9. Write a short poem about how much you love your family.

10. Write a poem about counting fruit, vegetables, or marbles. 

10 Fiction Writing Prompts

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Fiction-based 1st grade writing prompts are also amazing writing tools that can help your child access new areas of their creative thinking. You can help them uncover their true writing potential and improve their problem-solving skills with the right fiction-themed 1st grade writing prompts.

1. You’re suddenly thrust into a game of Island survival and are tasked with saving the people. What would you do?

2. On your next fishing trip, you spot a deep-sea monster. Describe it in detail.

3. You suddenly have wings and are able to fly freely through the sky. Where do you go first?

4. You just slipped on a banana peel and made a mess. How do you clean it up?

5. You left for school and realized that all the streets are made of candy. What happens next?

6. You met Santa’s reindeer in the spring. What kind of questions would you ask it?

7. There are dinosaurs everywhere, and they’re taking control of the city. What happens next?

8. You’re a time traveler and you decided to visit ancient Egypt. What do you see?

9. Start a fairy tale and complete it with the prompt – “There was once a fire-breathing dragon protecting middle earth.”

10. You’re asked to write a completely new language. What would it sound like? 

10 Animal Writing Prompts

Child completing a writing assignment

Animal-themed 1st grade writing prompts can bring a sense of joy back into practicing writing. Your kids can explore the depths of their imagination with prompts about different habitats and species. With the right animal-based 1st grade writing prompts, you can also improve their visual processing capabilities. 

1. What is your favorite animal in the whole wide world? Why?

2. Describe your last visit to a petting zoo.

3. If you met a talking cat, what would it say?

4. Which dog breed do you love the most?

5. I love dogs because they are _.

6. What magical animal would you like to meet and why? (Unicorn, dragon, etc.)

7. If you could pick up three animal traits, what would they be?

8. Think of a completely new imaginary animal. What would it look like?

9. Who’s the scariest animal in the jungle?

10. What kind of animal makes the best pet? Why? 

10 Prompts to Help Your Kids Understand and Appreciate Emotions

Children practicing emotional writing prompts together

Some of the most impactful 1st grade journal prompts focus on writing about emotions. While opinion writing prompts 1st grade questions are great, you can really get into the mental framework of a child with emotion-driven prompts. 

1. When was the last time you were brave?

2. How do you feel when you goof up? Do you feel angry or sad?

3. What I love about myself is _.   

4. What makes me happy is when I am _.

5. How do you comfort a friend who is feeling scared?

6. Recall the last time you burst out laughing. How did you feel?

7. Sometimes I feel sad about _.

8. If I could change one thing in the world, it would be _.

9. Sometimes I am hard on myself about _.

10. Something I wish I were better at is _.  

10 Journal Writing Prompts For 1st Graders

Child practicing writing skills

The best first grade journal prompts are the ones that involve introspection, critical thinking, and active recalling. You can improve their writing and comprehension skills with some fun writing prompts for 1st grade students.

1. How are you feeling today? Talk about what emotions you felt.

2. What are five things that you are grateful for?

3. What is the one thing that surprised you today?

4. I love my mom because she’s _.

5. My idea of a fun vacation is.

6. If I lived on a mountain, my daily routine would be.

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9. Write about your last vacation.

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When it comes to writing topics for 1st graders, descriptive ones are some of the most fun for little kids. The top writing ideas for 1st grade students can involve describing events, objects, narratives, and storylines, giving them more control on their vision for their answers. You can use these creative writing prompts 1st grade level questions at any time during the year. 

1. Describe a dream walk through a garden.

2. Describe a typical school day in detail.

3. What type of music makes you happy? Describe why you love your favorite artist.

4. Describe the most interesting birthday you’ve had.

5. What’s your favorite hobby? Describe it in detail.

6. How would you describe a smartphone to someone from 1920?

7. What’s your favorite dessert? Why do you love it so much?

8. Which is your favorite memory in the whole wide world?

9. Talk about someone you look up to in detail.

10. Is there a comic book hero you love? Describe their qualities and what makes them special. 

Quick Tips on Helping Your 1st Grader Improve Their Writing Skills

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Now that we’ve explored the best writing prompts for 1 st graders, you can help them become better at the craft with the right strategies. You can use the best 1st grade journal prompts and encourage your kids to write with clarity and purpose.

You should also use different types of writing prompts for 1st grade kids. This will help you keep things interesting for your little ones while making them feel joyful when writing. In fact, the best 1st grade journal topics are the ones that are within your kids’ realm of interest.

Additionally, you can continue to reward them for writing extensively. By giving them toys, books, and colorful stationery, you can subtly encourage them to continue improving their writing and comprehension at the 1 st grade level. 

Start With The Best Prompts That Appeal to Your Kids

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You can start by mixing around writing prompts for your kids with different styles. You can also prepare your own prompts by referencing the examples mentioned above. The best way to get your kids excited about writing is to give them prompts that make them think outside the box.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your kids writing engaging narratives with these amazing writing prompts!

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You can have them write about their favorite cartoons, movies, and books during the initial stages of writing prompts.

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You can use prompts, worksheets, and tracing sheets, to help your kids improve their writing.

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Spelling, reading, and writing are three of the most important skills children will learn in their first few years of school—that’s why having access to an assortment of first grade writing worksheets will make your life easier as a parent or a teacher. By the time students reach first grade, many have started learning basic words and are able to write basic ideas out on paper. The writing worksheets below offer a variety of different activities for all skill levels and help students focus on essential writing skills and develop them. Worksheets are great support for learning through practice—the unique offerings and the classic activities alike will create a strong foundation to build on!

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First grade introduces the basics of spelling, grammar, and vocabulary to students. As they practice all of these skills, they’ll inevitably grow as writers. First grade teachers want to see kids who can write simple, complete sentences. They should ideally be using proper capitalization and end punctuation. 

Even if their spelling isn’t perfect, the ability to use their knowledge of letters and letter sounds to take an educated guess is really what teachers are looking for. First graders should also be adept at copying down words and sentences provided to them, and able to produce their own simple sentences from scratch.  

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Best First Grade Writing Worksheets

  • You Write The Story Soccer Picture Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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This writing worksheet offers students the chance to practice writing using a visual prompt. The use of visuals supports learning and aids students in idea generation. This 1st grade worksheet will help you teach brainstorming and the elements of a story. 

  • Other Ways To Write Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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This worksheet may seem like it is just focused on writing, but it also engages essential critical thinking skills. Understanding that writing is a process that can happen on paper or on a computer will set your students up for success well beyond first grade!

  • Search The Word By Worksheet By Splash Learn

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Search the word by Worksheet is aimed at enhancing children’s literacy skills, particularly their familiarity with common sight words. Through an engaging, picture-based activity, it encourages learners to identify and understand the usage of a specific sight word in various contexts. The exercise is designed to improve reading fluency, speed, and comprehension, making it a valuable tool for early literacy development.

  • Capitalization Errors Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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There are many elements of grammar that students need to learn throughout elementary school, but capitalization is truly fundamental. Catching errors is a fantastic practice to reinforce learning! This worksheet will certainly engage your reader and support their knowledge of grammar as they fix the errors in seven different sentences.

  • Writing About Me Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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Cultivating a strong sense of self and identity is an important element of social-emotional learning for young children. This worksheet blends together writing, spelling, and those SEL elements to create an engaging and fun activity where students can write about someone they know very well!

  • In My Own Words Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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Summarizing paragraphs and retelling narratives with a focus on key information are essential skills. They support not only reading and reading comprehension but also critical thinking as a whole. This worksheet asks students to retell four different quotes in their own words and offers particularly effective practice for your first grader! 

  • Once Upon A Pancake For Younger Storytellers — Creative, Interactive Activity Book For Kids From A Story Book Day

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This workbook is full of writing prompts and unfinished stories to spark kids’ creativity and enhance their writing by finishing up each one. This workbook is a fun way for children to develop their reading, writing, and storytelling abilities, using prompts about superheroes , friendships, magic, and more!

  • “I” Handwriting Practice B By Have Fun Teaching

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Handwriting is key to academic success and legibility is a key part of writing in the first grade . This simple worksheet let’s students practice uppercase and lowercase “I” handwriting while also constructing sentences starting with I or making silly sentences that only use “i” words.

  • Journal Writing Prompts By Minds And Heart

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Whether you need beginning of year writing activities, literacy centers, morning work, or early finisher work, these prompts will work for any time! With a checklist to self-edit for capitals, punctuation, and details, students will be reminded to utilize the components of strong writing that they are learning every day. 

  • You Write The Story Artist Picture Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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This worksheet offers another delightful visual writing prompt—this time about some artists and a dinosaur. The benefits of the visual prompt paired with the writing practices will lead to fun and learning all at once!

  • Draw A Story Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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Kids love to draw, and visuals are wonderful supports for reading and writing. This worksheet blends the two and guides your little author through the process of creating a story and illustration of their very own. 

  • My Opinion The Big Orange Splot Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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Opinion writing includes elements of informational texts. This worksheet asks first graders to think critically about the prompt, practice writing, and focus on their opinion of the characters and plot of the story .

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  • Capitalization And End Punctuation Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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A sentence has distinct features to indicate where it begins and where it ends. Early literacy skills focus on these text features to support students in their grammatical understandings. This practice worksheet is a wonderful resource for emerging readers and writers to practice capitalization and end punctuation on different types of sentences.

  • Comprehensive Language Arts Skills Practice Test For Grade 1 By Twin Sisters Digital Media

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Knowing where your students are is important to tracking progress. These worksheets are designed to be used as a practice test, focusing on core writing and reading skills. Ranging from punctuation and grammar to story structures and more, this is a great assessment tool to check in on your student’s learning. 

The worksheets in this bundle include topics like:

—Consonant Sounds

—Blends and Digraphs

—Compound Words

—Contractions

—Synonyms and Antonyms

—Adjectives

—Sequencing and Story Mapping

—Capitalization

—Punctuation and Grammar

  • Writing Sentences Printable Workbook By Twin Sisters Digital Media

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A simple but useful tool, this sentence writing practice looks at the writing basics younger students need to learn and focuses on each one!

  • Writing Conventions And Applications Printable Workbook By Twin Sisters Digital Media

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Make learning more fun with a variety of activities and games related to all things about writing conventions! This set features various types of practice with nouns, verbs, plurals,  subject-verb agreement, adjectives, statements vs. questions, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences and beginning/middle/end-story structure. Packed in a set of unique worksheets, this practice is fun and effective.

  • Describing Emotions Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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This worksheet is a double whammy! Not only are you getting engaging writing practice, but you will also be supporting students’ emotional learning. A simple but effective way to ask kids to write about their own feelings in descriptive words.

  • Make Sentences With The Sentence Maker By Guinea Pig Education

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A choose your own adventure of sorts, this worksheet allows students to piece together words and create sentences. A fun and tactile tool, this activity encourages students to be creative while offering a support scaffold and building a solid foundation for writing sentences on their own.

  • Silly Stories Story Starters By Have Fun Teaching

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Who doesn’t love a silly story? Inspire your students to flex their imagination with this worksheet full of story starters. They’ll have ideas to jump off from and will practice writing while being creative and thinking of stories that are outside of the box.

  • Scholastic Success With Writing, Grade 1 By Worksheetbee

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This comprehensive writing workbook from Scholastic focuses on several different parts of writing skills in 1st grade including identifying sentence parts, building sentences, sequencing, writing descriptive sentences, and identifying story parts.

  • Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Writing Skills From Workman Publishing 

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Get kids hooked on writing by providing them with writing activities about their favorite characters from Star Wars. This workbook is aligned with Language Arts Common Core Standards and combines editorial quality, fun presentation, and the rigorous educational standards that Workman applied to the Brain Quest Workbooks as well.

  • Space Poetry Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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This charming worksheet is a perfect way to practice poetry and tie in science. The creative writing elements and cross-curricular connections make this a wonderful resource for your first grader to think about how to write a poem about space.

  • Uppercase And Lowercase Letters Worksheet By Have Fun Teaching

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Having two versions of each letter can be a weird concept to wrap your brain around as a child. This set of practice worksheets around the basics offers a quick and easy way to support students in understanding the difference. It also serves as handwriting practice making it a double whammy!

  • Capital Letter Examples Worksheets By Have Fun Teaching

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Let your students apply what they know with this worksheet. A little more capitalization practice can’t hurt, and with this sheet you can easily check their understanding of the concept before you move on from the topic.

The answer is yes and no. We want our first graders to be able to spell out CVC words they’ve memorized and can identify by sight. They should also have a handle on some decodable words—mostly those that can be broken down into their composite letter sounds. 

Complex, compound, and trickier letter combinations are not going to be words teachers expect first graders to spell correctly, but with practice they will come! Using these first grade writing worksheets will support your students in becoming proficient readers and writers in tandem with developing spelling skills they’ll need for second grade and the rest of elementary school.

About the Author Ali Pierce has been a proud public school teacher for nearly a decade. An English teacher by day, Ali works with educators throughout K-12 in a variety of coaching and support roles. A proud Wildcat, Ali earned both her BA in Creative Writing and M.Ed. in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona. When not teaching, Ali can be found hanging out with her two young sons and sneaking in some reading for fun.

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Do you get tired of hearing students say “I don't know what to write about!”? 

If so, look no further, because a writing prompt station is just what you need in your first grade classroom! 

In this post, we cover:

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What is a Writing Prompt Station?

A writing prompt station is one where you provide students with a writing prompt to start their writing project or activity for the day.

You can assign a specific writing prompt for the day, or you can provide students with a multitude of prompts and let them choose the prompt for themselves.

Why Should You Use a Writing Prompt Station?

Writing prompt stations are effective for first grade because they provide students with the structure that they need with the creativity and freedom that they want. 

A second benefit, and perhaps more important benefit, is that they require little prep and maintenance from you.

In a writing prompt station, you can set out a set of prompts and corresponding writing templates for several weeks at a time or even a month! 

How to Set Up a Writing Prompt Station

As I mentioned earlier, how you set up your writing prompt station for your first grade classroom is totally up to you.

I opted for the lower maintenance choice which meant I set out a full set of writing prompts and their corresponding writing template pages at a time. 

I've also used several different organization styles that you can see in the pictures below. 

To organize your writing prompts, you can: 

  • cut them into individual prompts and leave them in a bucket
  • Leave the prompts on a full page and display the page in a sign holder or on a bulletin board
  • Use binder rings to keep individual prompts or full page prompts together

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Daily Writing Prompts are always a fan favorite for starting out a writing prompt station in first grade. 

These prompts are for creative writing or other narrative writing forms. 

I love how much creativity these writing prompts sparked in my first grade students! 

These kinds of writing prompts include phrases like:

  • If I could have one superpower, it would be _____ because…
  • If I were a teacher, my one rule would be _____ because….
  • If I could fly, I would go to _____ because….

One really important thing in all of these prompts is the word “because” at the end. 

If you really want your students to grow as writers (and readers) they need to be in the habit of explaining WHY. 

Adding the word “because” also ensure that students do more than simply fill in the blank!

Story writing prompts are very similar to daily writing prompts, but these kinds of prompts make the transition from writers writing about themselves to more of a narrative writing with a character, setting, problem and solution. 

Story writing prompts are especially effective when you are teaching about story elements in your reading lessons! 

It's easier (and saves time in your day) to be able to say “Remember in our reading lesson how we identified the problem and solution? Today in your writing, I want you to create a problem and solution in your own story!”.

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Letter writing prompts are always a class favorite. Students love writing letters to different people, but they often get stuck on who to write to outside of their friends and family.

I love to provide unique prompts for my students that not only give them ideas of WHO to write to, but also WHAT to write about. 

Some of my favorite letter writing prompts include: 

  • Write a letter to a superhero about what kind of superpower you wish you had
  • Write a letter to a dragon about what you think it is like to breathe fire
  • Write a letter to your favorite cartoon character about why you like them 

I usually save my How To writing prompts for the end of first grade once I know that students have had plenty of practice with sequencing a story and using transition words such as first, next, then and last. 

I usually sprinkle in a few of these activities throughout the year in the form of life cycle writing during our science lessons. 

One thing about How To writing is making sure that students think through ALL of the steps. 

A fun activity is to “act out” the students writing in front of them. That way, if they miss a step, they can visually see where they went wrong. This is also a good activity for them to do with a partner!

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24 of the Best Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

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In middle school, the use of writing prompts are a wondrous thing. Those simple sentences propel students into unleashing their creativity, understanding their core values and rethinking some of their past actions. They’re still coming of age so their responses can be emotional and insightful—for you and the student. Writing prompts are one of the most effective ways to develop confident writers who enjoy the process . We rounded up 24 of the best writing prompts for middle school students who are still finding their writing voice!

1. Uncover their hidden strengths

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Write a narrative about a time when you did something you thought you could not do. Be sure to include specific details so that a reader can follow your story.

2. Let them take the reins

Attach an image (photo, magazine, etc.) to a notebook page and write about it.

3. Have them daydream about the not-so-distant future

Imagine a future in which we each have a personalized robot servant. What would yours be like? Describe what it would do and the features it would have.

4. Allow their creativity and core values to intersect

Create a brand new holiday with its own traditions, rituals, foods, and activities.

5. Let them map out their long term goals and life plans

Make your bucket list for the next five years, the next ten years, and for life.

6. Put their family life at the front of their minds.

Think about hospitality in your family. What’s it like to have guests in your house? Do you prefer to have friends to your house or to go to a friend’s house?

7. Have them think about traits that are important to possess in today’s world

Write about someone who has no enemies. Is it even possible?

8. In a world of a “fake news”—where do they stand?

Can honesty honestly be bad? Write about someone, fact or fiction, who gets in trouble for being too truthful.

9. Reinforce the importance books have in their lives

Remember a favorite book from your childhood. Write a scene that includes you and an old copy of that book you find somewhere.

10. Explore the weight that words hold between two people

William Shakespeare wrote that: “Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.” Write your thoughts about conversation, or make up dialogue between two characters who are meeting each other for the first time in an unexpected place.

11. Have them evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to be

You have a chance to go back and completely re-do an event in your life. What is it, and how to you change it? What is the outcome? This can be a real or fictional event.

12. Let pop culture intersect with their school life

You get to guest star on a TV show. What show is it? What happens in this particular episode?

13. Put them in an unusual, highly unlikely situation

Write a poem entitled “Hitchhiking on a Saturday Afternoon.”

14. Let them dive deep into the influence they want to have with their friends

Persuade a friend to give up drugs.

15. Take one line, watch a million different possibilities unfold

“Did she actually just say that?” Write a scene that includes this line.

16. Stretch their brain and pun power

Create a menu from a fictitious restaurant. Make sure the restaurant has a theme, such as Classic Books, and the food should all be given appropriate names (e.g., “Mockingbird Pie”).

17. Find out how they connect with their community

List the most attractive things about your current hometown. Now list the most unattractive things.

18. Take on the ultimate “what-if” scenario . . . one everyone secretly dreams of . . .

What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?

19. Unleash good vibes

Write a list of at least 50 things that make you feel good.

20. Have them question everything

Begin a list of questions that you’d like to have answered. They may be about the future or the past.

21. Take on their passions

22. make some music.

Make a soundtrack for your life so far. List songs that describe you or different times of your life. (Make the actual soundtrack on Spotify, etc. too!)

23. Dig into their integrity

Did you ever stick up for someone?

24. Ask a simple question that may provoke surprising answers

What is it like to go shopping with your mother or another person in your family?

What do you think are the best writing prompts for middle school students? We’d love to add to this list. Please share in the comments.

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