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Second Grade Writing Prompts | 46 Journal Writing Prompts

Second Grade Writing Prompts—

Recently, a lovely reader named Trina left a comment on our post about Elementary Writing 49 Ideas and Story Starters for Kids.  She contributed 46 fabulous journal prompt and writing ideas, and I had to share them with you.

And here’s a listing of resources to other writing prompt articles organized by grade:

Okay… without further ado, here are the 2nd grade writing prompts!

Journal Prompts and Writing Ideas

Journal Prompts

  1. What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?
  2. Go for a walk. Write a sentence about the walk you went on.
  3. Write about a trick you would like to play on your mom.
  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outside?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside?
  6. Tell about what you will be when you grow up.
  7. Write about what you would like to do for your next birthday.
  8. If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  9. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.
  10. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.
  11. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?
  12. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
  13. What did you do today?
  14. What is something you would like to learn more about?
  15. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?
  16. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
  17. Tell about your most favorite book.
  18. Tell about your favorite holiday. Tell why it is your favorite.
  19. Tell about your favorite restaurant. Tell why it is your favorite.
  20. Write a poem about what you think first grade will be like.
  21. Do you think you will get married?? Write about what you think it will be like.
  22. What is something you love about yourself?
  23. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
  24. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
  25. Which season do you like the most?? Why??
  26. Which season do you like the least, why????
  27. You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
  28. Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.
  29. Tell about your favorite song.
  30. Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.
  31. What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!!
  32. Tell about your favorite sport.
  33. Tell about the last time you cried.
  34. What are you scared of?
  35. You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?
  36. Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.
  37. Have a family member write something about you today.
  38. What would happen to you if you never went to school?
  39. In first grade, I want to learn about…
  40. My favorite animal is a….
  41. This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.
  42. What would you like to say to President Obama?
  43. What is something you are really good at doing or creating?
  44. What should you do if there is a bully on your bus?
  45. When I’m 100 years old…
  46. If a cat could talk, what would they say?

Until next time, journal on!

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  2. Jill says:

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  3. Brooke says:

    Are you kidding me? You misspelled write! That is horrible considering what kind of website this is.

  4. Jill says:

    Dear Brooke,

    All writers make mistakes, and very often many of them. That’s why we have editors!

    But seriously, mistakes are a part of writing, and very respectfully I disagree that they are, as you say, “horrible”. They simply are what they are.

    Having said that, if you would like to give further details as to where exactly this error is on the page I would be more than happy to fix it!

    Thanks much for visiting.


    Author of Journal Buddies

  5. Beth says:

    Love this! Thanks! Going to use some of these to help prompt my reluctant writer to come out of his shell some :)

  6. Jill says:

    Hi Beth,

    I hope these prompts will help unleash the joy of creative expression in your little guy! :D

    Ever so kindly,
    Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

  7. emmalee says:

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