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Writing Prompts for 3rd Grade

1. If you were the President, what is one thing you would change? Give at least two reasons why you chose that thing.

2. If you had $50.00, how would you spend it?

3. Write about your favorite birthday so far. Be sure to describe why it is your favorite.

4. Explain what it takes to be someone’s friend.

5. Write a persuasive letter to your parents to convince them that you need a cell phone. Give at least three reasons why you need one.

6. Write a persuasive letter to your teacher to convince her not to give homework on Fridays. Give at least two reasons why you shouldn’t have homework.

7. Which animal is your favorite? Give at least three facts about your animal.

8. If you had 5 million dollars, how would you spend it?

9. What game is your favorite? Give at least three reasons why.

10. If you could dress up as anything you wanted for Halloween, what would you choose? Describe your costume.

11. If you could grow up to play a professional sport, what sport would you like to play? Give at least three reasons why.

12. Describe a time when you were excited about something.

13. Describe the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes at your house during the holidays.

14. Describe your favorite family vacation.

15. Explain what you should do if there is a tornado headed for your school.

16. There is a new student in your class. Explain what he/she should do when it’s time to go to lunch.

17. Write a letter to your gym teacher to convince him/her to let the class have a water fight during class. Give at least two reasons why you think this is a good idea.

18. Who is your favorite character from a book? Describe the character and why he/she is your favorite.

19. Write about a time when you were embarrassed.

20. Write about a time when you did not get what you wanted. Describe how it felt.

21. Explain how you would make a pizza if you had the dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings laid out.

22. Explain the steps for getting ready for school each morning.

23. Explain why some areas flood if it rains a lot.

24. If you could change one thing about your house, what would it be and why?

25. If you could sign up to do or learn something new, what would it be? Describe how you could convince your parents to let you do it.

26. Rewrite the story of “The Three Little Pigs” from the perspective of the wolf.

27. Rewrite the story of “Cinderella” from the perspective of one of the step-sisters.

28. If you could have a superpower, what would your power be and how would you use it.

29. If you could travel to another country, where would you go? Give at least two reasons why you chose that country.

30. Pretend you have a pen pal from another country. Write him/her a letter about what your life is like.

31. Explain why we can see stars at night but not during the day.

32. Pretend you are an astronaut, and you just landed on the moon. Describe what you do, and what you see.

33. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Be sure to use descriptive words.

34. Describe your favorite holiday tradition with your family.

35. What would the perfect summer day be like? Be sure to use descriptive words.

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Engaging Writing Prompts for 3rd Graders

Kris Bales is a long-time homeschool parent. Since 2009 she has reviewed homeschool curricula for providers like Alpha Omega, Apologia, and All About Learning Press.

Students in 3rd grade should be writing regularly in a variety of styles and for a variety of audiences. Useful writing projects for 3rd graders include opinion, informative, and narrative essays, as well as short research projects.

For many students, the most difficult part of writing is facing the blank page. The following grade-level appropriate writing prompts provide plenty of inspiration to help your students get started on a number of different writing assignments.

Narrative Essay Writing Prompts

Narrative essays tell a story based on real or imagined events. Students should use descriptive writing and dialogue to tell their tale.

  1. Scary Stuff. Think of something that scares you and explain what makes it so frightening.
  2. Grouchy Pants. Describe a day when you were grouchy. What made you so grumpy and how did you get in a better mood?
  3. School Rules. If you could make a new school rule, what would it be? How would your rule change an average day at school?
  4. Snappy Travel. Imagine you could snap your fingers and be anywhere else in the world. Write about where you’d go.
  5. Family Tales. What is the most interesting story that a family member has ever told you about their life?
  6. Food Forever. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
  7. Book Bound. If you could be the main character from your favorite book, who would you be? Write about an adventure you might have.
  8. Seeing Double. Imagine that you have an identical twin who is a different class than you. What pranks would you play on your teachers and classmates?
  9. Nessy’s Life. Have you heard of the Loch Ness Monster? Imagine you’re the monster. Describe your life under the sea.
  10. Lost. Have you ever been lost? Write about your experience.
  11. Perfect Party. Describe what the ultimate birthday party would look like if you could do anything you wanted.
  12. Kindness Counts. You’re given $100 to do random acts of kindness for others. What do you do?
  13. Memory Eraser. Describe something that happened to you that you wish you could forget. Explain why.

Opinion Essay Writing Prompts

When writing an opinion essay, students should clearly state their opinion, then back it up with sound reasons and facts. Opinion essays should close the essay with a concluding paragraph and a summary of the argument.

  1. Be a Friend. What does it mean to be a good friend?
  2. Growing Up or Down. Would you rather be older than you are right now or younger? Why?
  3. Hello? Some kids in 3rd grade have cell phones. Do you? Do you think that’s good or bad?
  4. Best Pets. Which animal makes the best pet? Give at least three reasons for your opinion.
  5. Tattletale. If you saw one of your friends doing something that you knew was wrong, should you tell on them? Why or why not?
  6. School Favorites. What do you think is the best subject in school? What makes it the best?
  7. Off Limits. Is there a TV show that you’re not allowed to watch or a video game that you’re not allowed to play? Explain why your parents should allow it.
  8. Summer School. Should your school be in session year ‘round with more breaks throughout the year or continue to give students the summer off? Why?
  9. Junk Food Fans. Should candy and soda machines be available to students on school property? Why or why not?
  10. School Supplies. What is the most important tool in your classroom? What makes it so useful?
  11. School Pride. What is the best thing about being a student at your school?
  12. What’s in a Name? If you could change your name, what would you choose and why?

Informative Essay Writing Prompts

Informative essays introduce a topic, explain a process, or describe an idea, then provide facts, definitions, and details. Students should organize related information into paragraphs in order to write the most logical essay possible. Remember that they should also include introductory and concluding paragraphs.

  1. Real Superheroes. Superheroes in movies and comics can do some pretty amazing things, but think of someone you consider to be a real-life hero. What do (or did) they do that makes them a hero?
  2. Liar, Liar. Someone told your best friend a lie about you and your friend believed them. Explain how you’d handle the situation.
  3. Student Teacher. Think of something that you found difficult to do at first (such as multiplication or tying your shoes), but that you now understand. Explain the process so that someone else could learn to do it.
  4. Holidays. What is your favorite holiday? Explain how you celebrate it.
  5. Pet Sitter. Your family is going on vacation and a pet-sitter is coming to care for your pets. Write a note explaining how to care for them.
  6. PB&J. Write out the step-by-step process for making the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  7. Chores. What is a household chore for which you are responsible? Explain how to do it.
  8. Emergency Drills. Think of one emergency drill that your school practices. Write a paper describing exactly how to do it as if you were explaining it to a brand-new student.
  9. Allergies. Do you have a serious allergy to something like peanuts or milk? Write an essay explaining why it’s so important for you not to come into contact with the allergen.
  10. Color Wheel. What is your favorite color? Choose an animal or object that is that color and describe it.
  11. State Fun Facts. Describe some interesting facts about your state to someone who has never visited.
  12. Family Traditions. Describe a unique family tradition that your family has.
  13. Game On. What’s your favorite game? Explain the rules to someone who has never played it before.

Research Writing Prompts

Students in 3rd grade can conduct simple research projects that build on their knowledge about a topic. They should use digital and print media to explore the topic, take simple notes, and create a basic outline before beginning the writing process.