First graders are just starting to understand the magic of communicating their thoughts in writing. These fun first grade writing prompts will help them expand their skills while sparking their imaginations at the same time.
Regular journal writing is a great way to get kids in the habit of writing, but the prompts need to be inspiring to make it fun. These journal ideas are age-appropriate and inspiring for younger kids:
Pick a toy. If it could talk, what would it say?
I think a great adventure would be….
What I know about rocks is….
I made someone laugh when….
What was fun at your last birthday?
What if cats could talk?
When I grow up, I will….
What if you grew a tail?
What makes a person kind?
No one knows that I….
If I made dinner, it would be….
What would you do if no one could see you?
When you feel sad, what do you do to feel better?
What did you do on your birthday?
Creative writing is especially fun for this age group, since they are so good at using their imaginations. First graders love storytelling and fables, and these creative story starters will get them thinking of wild and fun stories to share:
Imagine you have a superpower. What is it? What can you do?
What if you could be a magical animal like a unicorn or dragon?
Imagine you could travel in time. When would you go?
One day, I met a talking mouse….
What if you could only bark instead of talking?
Write about a scary night in the woods.
You can not use your hands for a day. Tell what happens.
You find a magic rock. What does it do?
You wake up to find out you are the president.
Your mom or dad has to go to first grade for a day. Describe their day.
You get one wish. What is it?
In your backyard, you find a treasure. What is it? What happens next?
First graders are just beginning to understand the idea of offering an opinion and supporting it. You can help with this concept by using writing prompts like these:
Should kids choose their own bedtime? Why or why not?
What is the best flavor of ice cream? Why?
______makes the best pet because _______.
What is the best book? Why?
What is the best school lunch? Why do you like it?
Does kindergarten help with first grade? How?
Would you rather climb a tree or read a book? Why?
What toy do you like the most? Why do you like it?
What is your favorite kind of weather? Why?
Would you rather ride a bike or walk? Why?
Who makes the best cookies? Why do you like them?
Would you like to live near the woods or near the city? Why?
Should there be school in the summer? Why or why not?
Expository writing is a skill kids work to develop through their school years. You can start this off with some simple prompts to encourage expository writing:
Describe a kind person you know.
How do you play checkers?
Write about what happens in your favorite movie.
How do you take care of a dog?
Tell someone how to wash their hands.
Describe your mom or dad.
What does your school look like?
What are three things you did today?
What do you need to do to get ready for school in the morning?
Tell how to make a food you know.
How did you make your last art project?
From these fun prompts, you can move on to teaching personal narrative, researching a topic, and working on mechanics like capitalization. You can cover ways to express love and other emotions, how to write a thank-you note, and more. Once kids start to enjoy writing, the world opens up for them in terms of communication.