By writing every day, not only do children become more fluent writers, they grow increasingly comfortable writing for longer stretches of time. They also have a chance to practice important spelling, punctuation, and style skills in context.
One of the best ways to make sure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of engaging topics on hand. Kids thrive when they’re given boundaries with generous margins. Writing prompts provide the perfect launching point, especially for children who complain, “I never know what to write about!”
The topics in these Writing Prompt Calendars provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate children in grades 3-8, while allowing for plenty of imagination! Add the prompts to your writing center, use them for daily warm-ups and journaling, or assign them as a supplement to your writing lessons.
What Is Included in the Elementary Writing Prompt Collection?
This set of 240 writing prompts will carry you through an entire calendar year. It includes a wide variety of topics to inspire your 3rd through 8th graders.
The Writing Prompt Calendars are available only as a digital file that you print yourself. Upon purchase, you will receive an immediate download link to the PDF file, which may be printed in your choice of three formats (each containing the same prompts):
- 12 undated monthly calendars for January through December
- 240 writing prompt cards
- 240 writing prompt strips
The calendar collection includes printing instructions and a number of ideas for using the writing prompts. There is no single way to use the calendars, cards, and strips; they are flexible, so you can tailor them to your needs!
Examples from the Elementary Writing Prompt Collection
- Where would you choose to stay for a week: an underwater hotel or an igloo hotel? Why?
- When you are in a bad mood, is it easy for you to snap out of it? Why or why not?
- You are a kitchen appliance. Write about one of your experiences.
- If you could snap your fingers and appear somewhere else, where would you be?
- What emergency supplies should everyone keep in their cars? Why?
- Describe your secret hideaway and tell what you would do there.
- Describe your pet’s experience if it went with you on a whitewater rafting trip.
The Writing Prompt Calendars are not dated, so you can use them year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your elementary students, tweens, and middle schoolers. Start at any month, printing out only the pages you need.
Printables, PDF (available for immediate download)
I have my middle school kids respond to a prompt every single day, and these have been wonderfully received. Thanks!
Amy, middle school teacher
Thank you for these! My boys are loving them!
Brandy K., homeschooling mom
I love, love your writing calendars. Each year I create a summer binder for my children, and writing is one of our main objectives…. I have downloaded and printed the June calendar for their summer binder.
Jessica C., homeschooling mom
I love the calendar idea – perfect for us. Thank you!
Sharla, homeschooling mom