50 Creative Third Grade Writing Prompts

Third graders sometimes need a few writing prompts to kick-start their assignments. While third graders aren’t going to write the next big American novel, their work is your best chance to review their writing skills. It’s also the time for them to learn new ones too. So, here are a few simple writing prompts for your third-grade class to use. 

  1. Recount the story of a special day in your life.
  2. What are your best skills?
  3. Which subjects do you find most interesting and why?
  4. What things could you never live without?
  5. Which destinations would you want to visit and why?
  6. Tell me about your last family vacation.
  7. Who is your favorite literary character, and why do you like them?
  8. Are chores necessary for third graders? Give me the arguments for and against household chores.
  9. If you could, name the one thing you’d change about school.
  10. Recall the time you helped someone in need. 
  11. Why do you think asking for help is important?
  12. Tell me about the first day of term at a new school. 
  13. Who do you believe is a hero, and what makes them one?
  14. Tell me what you are most afraid of and why?
  15. Explain the impact of bullying in society.  
  16. What are rights and wrongs? Give five examples of each. 
  17. Tell me the difference between being kind and being nasty to someone.
  18. Should homework be given to all children? Give the arguments for and against. 
  19. What rules should be followed in life?
  20. What qualities should you find in a friend?
  21. Why do you love nature?
  22. If I was an animal, I’d choose to be…
  23. Talk about a recent dream.
  24. Recount a nightmare and why it made you so afraid.
  25. Who inspires you in life and why?
  26. What are you most thankful for in life and why?
  27. Is it right or wrong to give young children cell phones, and why?
  28. If you were given the gift of $250, what would you do with it?
  29. Do you prefer sun, rain, or snow showers?
  30. What’s your favorite type of pet, and why do they make the best pets? 
  31. Which celebrity would you like to meet and why?
  32. If you had superpowers, which would you want to have?
  33. If you could be a famous person from history, who would it be?
  34. What’s your typical school day like?
  35. Tell me about your typical bedtime routine.
  36. Which period of history would you most like to travel to?
  37. Tell me about your family.
  38. Recount a happy event in your life.
  39. Talk about the last time you were very angry and how the situation resolved itself.
  40. If animals could talk, what 5 questions would you ask them?
  41. If you were traveling and could only take 5 items, what would you take?
  42. Who do you admire most in life and why?
  43. Would you rather be able to read minds or fly?
  44. Recount the story of Peter and the Wolf and why lying is wrong.
  45. What is your favorite toy, and why?
  46. Do you think the world will be a better place a hundred years from now?
  47. How can you become a better person?
  48. How do you resolve differences?
  49. Why social interaction is important. 
  50. What do you like most about the weekends?

Inspire Your Students

Children should unleash their creative side more often, especially when it comes to finding a niche they love. Writing is an important skill to learn, and you should encourage your students to expand their vocabulary and writing skills. 

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