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49 Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids


Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids - Oh the many joys of journaling!

I love to write about journaling tips, creative journaling and journal writing techniques.  But I am most often asked for a listing of journaling topics and prompts.

Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of your student’s favorite activities, too. Personally, I am rarely at a loss for something to write about in my journal, but many people need some help to get them started writing. This seems to be be the case especially for elementary kids. This is why writing prompts are so helpful to them.

Elementary Writing and Journal Prompts and Story Starters for Kids

Elementary Writing 49 Ideas for Kids

So, without further ado… here’s an amazing list of elementary writing prompts and writing starters for your students!

  1. Imagine that you can become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you would do.
  2. I am very proud because…
  3. If I were President I would…
  4. If I were a turtle living in a pond, I would …
  5. I am afraid to________ because
  6. Name on thing you do really well? Give lots of details telling why.
  7. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
  8. Describe what it means to be a good neighbor?
  9. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  10. Describe your best day ever?
  11. How do you deal with people who bug you?
  12. What excites you?
  13. Describe your favorite hobby.
  14. What is your favorite quote by a famous person? Why?
  15. What is your favorite song and why?
  16. Climbing trees is…
  17. I wish trees could ___________ because….
  18. I want to be a ________ when I grow up. Then I will….
  19. I wish there were a law that said…..
  20. I wish I could forget the time I ___________ because….
  21. I wish I could do ___________  because…..
  22. Older people are…
  23. Younger people are…
  24. The perfect place in the whole wide world is ___________ because …
  25. What makes you feel sad? Why?
  26. What makes you feel happy?  Why?
  27. What can you do to help you feel better when you’re feeling blue?
  28. Name your favorite book and why?
  29. If I were a raindrop, I’d …
  30. What I know about rabbits is that
  31. If I were an Easter egg…
  32. For lunch today…
  33. Pretend that you can fly whenever you wanted.  Where would you go?
  34. Pretend that there is no such thing as television, Internet, or video games. What do you do with all your time?
  35. My favorite stuffed animal or toy is…
  36. Imagine if cows gave green juice instead of milk!  What would the world look like?
  37. Imagine that all the streets are rivers? How do you get around?
  38. What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  39. If I were a snake, I’d …
  40. Use descriptive words like amazing, incredible, outrageous, super-fun or mind-blowing in your journal entry.
  41. If I could choose a different name, I would choose…
  42. Let’s go _______________.  Describe your adventure.
  43. Write a letter to your Mom, Dad, friend, cousin, classmate.
  44. What would happen if animals could talk?
  45. What questions would you would like to ask animals and what would their answers be?
  46. What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat springs a leak?
  47. What would you do if you suddenly woke up in another country and no one could understand a word you said!  What would you do?
  48. Write a poem about your favorite person, animal, or place.
  49. What is your dream vacation?

I am always looking to expand my listing of journaling prompts and would love to hear your ideas. I’d invite you to add to this list of elementary writing prompts by posting your comment below!

May your student’s journaling adventure be filled with joy, fun and creativity.

Happy journaling….



Jill About the Author
Jill Schoenberg is the author of the award winning books Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence and Journal Buddies: A Boys Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence, available from Amazon.com.

32 Brilliant Comments - Join Discussion Now!

  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve been using your journal prompts as I tutor two third grade students. These prompts are motivating for them and encourage writing. They’re a great aid for me as a tutor inspiring methods to help my girls. Thank you!

  2. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you! It is so wonderful for me to hear positive feedback, and I appreciate it so very much.

    Sincerely,
    Jill

    PS… that is not my picture and will have to get fixed :)

  3. Thanks.

    Just got your email with link to this page.

    It’s great.

    Work with children at a psych. hospital.

    Will re-post a link to this page.

  4. Jill Jill says:

    Thanks, Danny!

    As always, I appreciate your feedback.

    All the best,
    Jill :)

  5. Trina says:

    working on a list of writing prompts, just sharing… scroll down. :)

    What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?

    Go for a walk. Right a sentence about the walk you went on.

    Write about a trick you would like to play on your mom.

    What is your favorite thing to do when you play outside?

    What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside?

    Tell about you will be when you grow up.

    Write about what you would like to do for your next birthday.

    If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

    Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.

    Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.

    What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?

    What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?

    What did you do today?

    What is something you would like to learn more about?

    What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?

    What is the best movie you have ever seen?

    Tell about your most favorite book.

    Tell about your favorite holiday. Tell why it is your favorite.

    Tell about your favorite restaurant. Tell why it is your favorite.

    Write a poem about what you think first grade will be like.

    Do you think you will get married?? Write about what you think it will be like.

    What is something you love about yourself?

    If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

    Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.

    Which season do you like the most?? Why??

    Which season do you like the least, why????

    You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?

    Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.

    Tell about your favorite song.

    Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.

    What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!!

    Tell about your favorite sport.

    Tell about the last time you cried.

    What are you scared of?

    You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?

    Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.

    Have a family member write something about you in here today.

    What would happen to you if you never went to school?

    In first grade, I want to learn about…

    My favorite animal is a….

    This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.

    What would you like to say to President Obama?

    What is something you are really good at?

    What should you do if there is a bully on your bus?

    When I’m 100 years old…

    If a cat could talk, what would they say?

  6. mathilde says:

    i was thinking and i thought of a good journal prompt-

    one day i was at school. i wasn’t feeling very well so i went home.i went to my room to take a nap. When i woke up i was …

  7. Vonna says:

    Being the mother of twin boys, I’m always on the look out for writing prompts for our daily “Mama’s Summer School” writing session – that’s how I found your website :)

    An idea that I use for my silly boys is: Creating Headlines that they choose, then they write the “story” like a newspaper article. One of the most recent “titles” we came up with is: “Dog suspected of shooting hunting Master”
    The stories my two boys wrote were hilarious! :)

  8. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Trina! Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful prompts. :D

  9. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Vonna,
    I love your idea to have your boys create headlines and a story. How fun!!!!! :D

  10. sharon says:

    thanks for the good ideas i home school my boys,i’m always looking for some good ideas

  11. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Sharon, I’m so glad you enjoyed the writing prompts! Check back often as I’m always adding new resources to the site. Sincerely, Jill

  12. whitney says:

    Thanks so much! I love these. Some times I read them they inspire me to thing of other ones I just love coming on this website to get some inspiration for my middle school journal prompts!

  13. Jill Jill says:

    I am so glad that you enjoy them Keep coming back as I will continue to add new middle school writing prompts regularly! :)

  14. Amy says:

    I love these prompts and here are some of my own:

    1. If you could wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

    2. If it were the same season every month which one would you want it to be?

    3. What color would make the most interesting sky color and why?

    4. What’s your favorite thing about yourself and why?

    5. If you could travel through time, would you rather visit your past or peer into the future and why?

  15. Jill Jill says:

    Hello Amy!!! I LOVE your prompts… thank you for sharing them and please feel free to do so any time.

    Happy writing!

    Kindly,
    Jill
    Journal Buddies author and creator

  16. Brittany Garwell says:

    Imagine you just met an alien what would you do

  17. Brittany Garwell says:

    My brother thought of a prompt and told me to post it on your website so here it is:

    Imagine having a monkey in your attic what would you do?

  18. Jill Jill says:

    Hello Brittany!

    I LOVE your prompt and your brother’s. How imaginative. :D

    Personally, I think it would a blast to meet an alien and believe that a monkey would cause a lot of mischief in an attic. Imagine if you met an alien who acted like a monkey. Then what would you do?

    Write on…

    Most kindly,
    Jill Schoenberg,
    Journal Buddies creator and author

  19. Darcy says:

    This is so encouraging! Writing is not one of our 8 yo sons favorite thing to do! He’s in 2nd grade. He can write, his penmanship is great, and he reads well. However, is written expression and vocabulary is something that needs to be nurtured… in a creative way. This looks like something that could be a fun summer project to build his confidence in writing.

    Thank you!! If you can think of other ideas… we are open to hear them! :o)

    Kindly,
    Darcy

  20. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Darcy!

    It sounds as though Journal Buddies for boys is perfect for your precious son. I hope you get a copy for him. Recently I had a mom tell me that her and her son regained a powerful and potent relationship from their shared journaling experiences. They even made a game of it by hiding the journal in fun places for the other to find (i.e. mom put the journal in the son’s underwear drawer; the son placed the book by the coffee pot).

    Fun, creativity, connection and expression… these are just some of the fabulous benefits of this style of journal keeping. :)

    I would LOVE to hear about your experiences, so please, please, please email me!!

    Most sincerely,
    Jill
    Author & Creator of “Journal Buddies”

  21. Chrissy Leonciatolioken says:

    Hi, I’m a mother of a 4th grade student who loves writing. She comes on this website every afternoon looking for prompts. Keep up the hard work.

  22. Jill Jill says:

    Wonderful! I’m so glad your daughter visits my site and hopefully she if finding lots and lots of great writing and journal keeping prompts. :)

    Ever so kindly,
    Jill
    Journal Buddies author and creator

  23. Natalie says:

    Thank you so much for the prompts. You have such wonderful ideas!! :0)

  24. Jill Jill says:

    You are so welcome, Natalie. And thank you for your kind words! :D

  25. Awesome says:

    I use three prompts every week for my students and now we got no more ideas. Post more.

  26. Jill Jill says:

    Thank you for using our prompts with your kids. There are many more prompts for your kids. Check them out here:http://journalbuddies.com/category/journal_prompts__journal_topics/.

    Happy journaling…

  27. Coralyne says:

    We just found your website and my 4th grader loved the writing prompts. He wrote his paragraph today using #1 from the first page. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Jill Jill says:

    Hi Coralyne,

    That is wonderful news! Please tell your 4th grader to keep writing and to have lots and lots and lots of fun with it as often as possible.

    Ever so kindly,
    Jill

  29. Omolara Abigail Fadipe says:

    Keep up the good job.

  30. Christine says:

    First of all, let me just say that I love your website and all the prompts that you have. It is wonderful to see them all sorted out by age group. However, it would be great if you had another page with them divided by subject. I’m looking for outdoor/nature related prompts right now. I work for the Department of Natural Resources and we have a storytelling activity at state fair. I made one big board with a mad libs story on it and the kids can fill in words with rocks with pictures on it. Now I’m looking for prompts to put on smaller boards where they can make their own stories using alphabet rocks or the picture rocks. Having trouble getting enough nature related ones, being the DNR. But keep up the awesome website! Just a suggestion!

  31. Jill Jill says:

    That is a great idea! Thank you, Christine. I will look into sorting the prompts by topic. :)
    I hope your storytelling activity is a grand success at the state fair.

    Ever so kindly,
    Jill

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