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57 Exciting Third Grade Journal Writing Prompts

Kids Journaling for the Joy of It…

I love to write about journaling tips, creative journaling and journal writing techniques.

I love journaling so much that I wrote and published two kids journals!

Do you love journaling? Do your kids? I hope so! :D Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of yours and your student’s favorite activities, too.

But you’re not here to hear about my love of journal writing, so without further ado below is a fabulous listing of journaling prompts for kids! 

57 Exciting Journal Starters
Journaling Prompts and for 3rd Graders

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  1. I am very proud because…
  2. If I were President I would…
  3. Why is the President so important?
  4. I am afraid to_______ because…
  5. Name one thing you do really well and describe it in detail.
  6. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
  7. Describe what it means to be a good neighbor?
  8. What is your favorite time of day and why?
  9. Describe your best day ever? Give lots of details explaining why.
  10. How do you deal with people who bug you?
  11. What excites you and why?
  12. Describe your favorite hobby.
  13. What is your favorite quote by a famous person?  Why?
  14. What is your favorite song and why?
  15. Climbing trees is…
  16. I wish trees could._____________ because….
  17. I want to be a ________ when I grow up. Then I will….
  18. I wish there were a law that said ___________ because…
  19. I wish I could forget the time I ___________  because….
  20. I wish I could ___________ because…..
  21. Older people are…
  22. Younger people are…
  23. The perfect place in the whole wide world is…
  24. What makes you feel sad and why?
  25. What can you do to help you feel better when you’re feeling blue?
  26. Name your favorite book and why?
  27. Walking in the rain is…
  28. I am proud of myself because__________
  29. What I know about rabbits is that…
  30. If I were an Easter egg…
  31. For lunch today…
  32. If I were a raindrop I’d….
  33. If I were a turtle, I’d…
  34. If I were a ________, I’d…
  35. Pretend that you can fly whenever you wanted.  Where would you go?
  36. Pretend that there is no such thing as television.  What do you do with all of your time?
  37. My favorite stuffed animal or toy is…
  38. Imagine if cows gave green pop instead of milk!  What would the world look like?
  39. Imagine that all the streets are rivers?  How do you get around?
  40. What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  41. Use descriptive words like amazing, incredible, outrageous, super-fun or mind-blowing while writing about your favorite activity of all time.
  42. If I could choose a different name, I would choose ________ because…
  43. Let’s go _______________.  Describe your adventure.
  44. Write a letter to your Mom, Dad, friend, cousin, classmate about your top three talents.
  45. What would happen if animals could talk? What questions would you would like to ask them?
  46. Imagine that you can become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you would do?
  47. What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat springs a leak?
  48. What would you do if you were the last person on earth?
  49. What would you do if you could fly?
  50. What would you do if you suddenly woke up in another country and no one could understand a word you said!
  51. Write a poem about your favorite person, animal, or place.
  52. What is your dream vacation? Why?
  53. Write a story from the perspective of a rabbit going down a hole.  What does the rabbit experience, see and feel?
  54. What would you eat if you were on a deserted island?  How would you catch your food?
  55. How does it feel to be a snowflake?
  56. Imagine you are a mountain and you are sitting and watching the world.  What have you seen in your lifetime?
  57. What dangers would you face if you were a chipmunk? How would you over come them?

You’ve have just discovered a most fantastic listing of 3rd Grade Journaling Prompts. Use them, share them, and add to them, if you please! Please feel free to post a comment below with your journaling ideas and journal writing prompts.

Most of all just journal at least some a minimum of three times per week. May your student’s journaling adventure be filled with joy, fun and creativity.

Happy journaling….

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

8 Brilliant Comments - Join Discussion Now!

  1. sean heaney says:

    I’ve been teaching for the past seven years, and have always started my day by having my students respond to a writing prompt in order to get the brain cells warmed up. This year I’ll be teaching 3rd for tthe first time, and could really use some guidance in crafting writing prompts that are appropriate for students at this level.

  2. Jill says:

    Hi Sean,

    Well I hope that you found the prompts on this page helpful. :D You could also check out these kids journal prompt resources on my site at

    I plan to continue adding journaling prompts for kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade so be sure to check back.If there’s anything else I can do to help you keep your students journaling, just let me know!


  3. Devin Max says:

    I love all the journal topics. I started my students doing journal entries at the beganning of January &they have been enjoying them since. I can’t wait to give them all these great new topics over the months to come. Thank you for your wonderful suggestions!

  4. Jill says:

    Well stay tuned because there are many more journal prompts for kids coming yet this year! And it just warms my heart to hear that your students are enjoying their journaling. Wonderful work on you part, and lucky students too!!!! :D

  5. Tamandra Cooper says:

    My 8 year old son hates any sort of creative writing and seems not to make an effort when he has to, even when given prompts… Am looking for ways to help him to develop his paragraphs. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

  6. Jill says:

    Hello Tamandra,

    I would try the following:
    Have your son choose a topic about one of his favorite things (cars, racing, a sport). Then ask him to write 3 – 5 strong sentences about that topic. Thereafter cut out the sentences so each is on its own piece of paper. Once they are cut, work with your son to develop and construct a paragraph. Decide which sentence is the opening one and which are the supporting ones. Is there a closing one? Is there a need to write another sentence or to edit/adjust the existing ones? (Remember: writing is a creative and messy process for the majority people.)

    Most of all, I suggest that you both have fun learning how to play with the sentences and more about a topic your child loves in the process. I hope this helps and would love to hear about how it goes.


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  8. jessica says:

    she opened a museum to put all her collections and she could just not stop collecting and she collected a elephant but then the museum was too full and she went to organize her stuff and she found dog hair she collected a lot of the dog hair and she found a mushroom and it was rotin and she found dead bugs and she sold that and she started to sell a little more then she sovled all her problems