60+ Third-Grade Journal Prompts

Develop students’ writing skills and encourage a healthy dose of self-expression with these third-grade journal prompts!

Journal writing is a great way to help children develop a range of writing skills, from narrative to opinion and persuasive to informational. Keeping a journal also allows students to express their inner thoughts creatively and engagingly, boosting well-being and reducing feelings of stress and worry.

If you’d like to encourage your students to keep a journal or need some handy ideas for ELA assignments, then look no further. We’ve developed 75 fun, inspiring third-grade journal prompts for you to use in your classroom. Check them out below!

  1. What is your favorite season and why?
  2. Describe your dream three-course meal.
  3. Which five famous people would you invite to your next birthday party?
  4. Which country would you most like to visit and why?
  5. Name a skill you’d like to learn this year.
  6. What’s your proudest achievement?
  7. Who is your best friend, and why are you such good buddies?
  8. What does the word “family” mean to you?
  9. Imagine you’re the principal for one day. What changes would you make to your school?
  10. Write about something that makes you smile.
  11. Who do you admire the most?
  12. Write about something that scares you.
  13. Describe your ideal pet.
  14. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
  15. Talk about a time when you overcame a challenge.
  16. Describe your last vacation. Where did you go, and what did you do?
  17. Would you rather it was sunny or snowy every day?
  18. How would you describe yourself?
  19. How would your family describe you?
  20. Describe your favorite item of clothing.
  21. What’s your favorite subject and why?
  22. If you had invisibility for one day, what would you do?
  23. What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
  24. If you could only eat one type of food, what would it be and why?
  25. What makes you laugh?
  26. Why is it vital to be kind to others?
  27. Write about a time you were kind to someone.
  28. What’s your favorite game, and why?
  29. Imagine you have a time machine. What year would you go back?
  30. Describe something, or someone, that cheers you up when you’re feeling down.
  31. What would you do if you could give your home a total makeover?
  32. Write a review of your favorite book.
  33. If you feel comfortable, write about three things that worry you.
  34. Who is your hero? You can choose anyone you want, real or imaginary.
  35. Imagine you’ve just been elected President of the United States. What five new laws would you pass?
  36. My happiest memory is
  37. The first thing I can remember is
  38. I’m looking forward to
  39. The place where I feel most comfortable is
  40. If I could be another person for a day, I’d be
  41. The thing I like about my school is
  42. I love my family because
  43. The thing I want most about myself is
  44. Do you prefer to be indoors or out in nature? Explain your answer.
  45. What five qualities do you look for in a friend?
  46. Describe something you did this week that made someone smile.
  47. Write a review of your favorite movie.
  48. How is third grade going so far? Has anything surprised you?
  49. Write a story in three sentences.
  50. Imagine you have $1 million but only one day to spend it. What would you do?
  51. Write about how you felt on your first day of elementary school.
  52. How do you feel about moving up to fourth grade?
  53. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received, and why?
  54. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given someone?
  55. Describe what you think makes a great teacher.
  56. What’s your favorite word and why?
  57. Imagine you’re stranded on a desert island. What supplies would you need? You can choose three items.
  58. Describe your perfect camping trip.
  59. Would you rather be a bird in the sky or a fish in the sea, and why?
  60. Which musical instrument would you most like to be able to play?
  61. Imagine you were the first person to land on the moon. What would your famous words have been, and why?
  62. If you were a color, what would you be, and why?
  63. Write an acrostic poem about yourself. Handy hint: Use the letters in your name to begin every line.
  64. Which do you prefer, Halloween or Christmas?
  65. Write about someone who inspires you.
  66. Imagine what life was like for third graders 100 years ago.
  67. Imagine what life will be like for third graders 100 years from now.
  68. Describe what it feels like when you’re happy.
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