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Daily Writing Prompts. For Multi-Grade Classrooms. Author: Christina Dotson. Language Arts/Pathways Prompts Science Prompts (Cycle 3) Math Prompts Social Studies Prompts (Cycle 3) Bible Prompts (Cycle 3) General Prompts. Table of Contents. Theme 1: Heroes Theme 2: My World and Others

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Daily Writing Prompts

For Multi-Grade Classrooms

Author: Christina Dotson


  • Language Arts/Pathways Prompts

  • Science Prompts (Cycle 3)

  • Math Prompts

  • Social Studies Prompts (Cycle 3)

  • Bible Prompts (Cycle 3)

  • General Prompts

Table of Contents


  • Theme 1: Heroes

  • Theme 2: My World and Others

  • Theme 3: Living Things

  • Theme 4: Spiritual Journey

  • Theme 5: Friends and Family

  • Theme 6: Environment

  • Theme 7: Personal Feelings and Growth

  • Theme 8: Yesterday

  • Theme 9: Social Issues and Culture

  • General Language Arts

Language Arts/Pathways Prompts


What does it mean to be a hero?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Who do you know in real life whom you would call a hero? What makes this person a hero?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Write about a famous person whom you would call a hero. What makes this person a hero?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Who in your life looks up to you? Why do you think you are a hero to this person?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Is it ever a bad idea to look up to someone as a hero?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Who is your favorite Bible hero and why?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Choose a character from your theme book whom you think is a hero. What makes him/her a hero?

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Write at least one haiku on the topic of heroes.

(5-7-5 syllable pattern)

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Write an acrostic poem on the topic of heroes.

Pathways Theme: Heroes


Talk with a classmate about what the word culture means. Write about what you talked about.

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Culture means how people live their lives. It includes things like religion, the homes people live in, the foods they eat, the type of work they do, the language they speak, and their family structure.

What is your culture like?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Do you enjoy food, music, or stories from another culture? Write about it.

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


If you could visit another country, which would you choose and why?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Would you enjoy spending time with a kid from another country or culture?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


People in Bible times lived very differently than we do now. (They had a very different culture.) If you lived back in Bible times, how would your life be different?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Choose a character from your theme book. How is his/her life and culture different from yours?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Why do you think some people (both kids and adults) are unkind to people who are different from them?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


Marias family from Puerto Rico is coming to visit for a week. She has a boy cousin about her age, but her cousin only speaks Spanish. Maria cannot speak any Spanish.

What advice would you give to Maria for how she can help her cousin enjoy his visit?

Pathways Theme: My World and Others


You already know that the Bible is Gods book. Nature is sometimes called Gods Second Book. What do you think this means?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


Why do you think God created so many different kinds of animals?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


What is your favorite kind of plant? Why?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


How would your life be different if God had designed people to live in the ocean instead of on land?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


What is your favorite animal and why?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


Write about an animal that would not make a good pet.

Pathways Theme: Living Things


Choose an animal you have read about in your theme book. What have you learned about this animal?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


What do you think is the most frightening animal? What makes it so scary?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


If you were a biologist (scientist who studies living things), what would you most want to study?

Pathways Theme: Living Things


What does it mean to be a Christian?

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


What do you do to get closer to God?

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


Write a letter to God telling Him what you are thankful for.

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


Tell about a time when it was very hard for you to do what God wanted you to do.

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


What story from the Bible has helped you in your own life?

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


How important is it to go to church every Sabbath? Give reasons for you answer.

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


Choose a character from your theme book. How has God worked in his/her life?

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


Write about a time God did something wonderful for you, your family, or someone you know.

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


Write a poem about why you love the Lord.

Pathways Theme: Spiritual Journey


What makes someone a good friend?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


What does your family like to do together?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Write a story about something fun you have done with a friend (or friends).

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Why do you think God designed us to live together in families?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Some people have friends that they only know on the internet. What do you like or dislike about this idea?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Why do you think family members dont always get along?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Jacks parents are divorced. He spends half his time with his mom and half his time with his dad. His mom is remarried and Jack has a four-year-old stepbrother. He loves his family but sometimes he feels bad because none of his friends have divorced parents.

What would you say to Jack to help him feel better?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Jenna has two close friends. Sometimes one friend will get jealous of another friend or feel left out. What can the girls do to try to save their friendship?

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Write an acrostic poem about either family or friends.

Pathways Theme: Friends and Family


Do you think its important for us to take care of the earth?

Pathways Theme: Environment


Natural resources are things in nature that we can use. Choose one or more of these natural resources and write about the ways we use it:

Trees

Land/Soil

Water

Rocks

Pathways Theme: Environment


To reduce means to use less of something. Reducing helps the earth because we use fewer resources and make less trash when we use less of something.

What things do you use that you can reduce?

Pathways Theme: Environment


To reuse something means to use it again. Think of some things you use all the time that you usually throw away. Write about some creative ways you could reuse those things instead.

Pathways Theme: Environment


To recycle means to take old materials and make something new from them. Talk with a classmate about things that can be recycled. Write about what you talked about.

Pathways Theme: Environment


Write a slogan and design a poster to convince people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Pathways Theme: Environment


Pollution is something harmful that people put into the water, ground, or air. With a partner, brainstorm ways that people pollute the earth. Write about it.

Pathways Theme: Environment


Who does water pollution hurt?

Pathways Theme: Environment


People litter when they throw trash where it doesnt belong. Is littering a big problem? Why or why not?

Pathways Theme: Environment


List as many ways as you can think of to help the environment.

Pathways Theme: Environment


What makes you happy?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What makes you angry?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What makes you sad?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What are you afraid of?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What is the biggest problem you have ever had to struggle through?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What are some of your gifts and talents?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


What is the biggest change that has happened in your life so far?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


Describe your personality.

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


Besides growing bigger, how have you changed since you were six years old?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


Choose a character from your theme book. How has this character changed during the story?

Pathways Theme: Personal Feelings and Growth


Why is it important to learn about the past?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


If you could travel back in time, when and where would you visit?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


The setting of a story refers to when and where the story happens. How is the setting in your theme book different from the setting of your life?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


How has the world changed since your parents were your age?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


What do you think the world will be like in 50 years?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


An antique is something that was used in the past. Many people collect antique furniture, cars, records, books, farm equipment, coinseverything!

If you owned an antique, what would you want to own?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


What do you think is the one invention that changed the world the most?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


What have you learned about the past from reading your theme book?

Pathways Theme: Yesterday


There are many different kinds of people in the world. Why is this a good thing?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


There are many different kinds of people in the world. What problems does this cause?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


Think about one of your closest friends. How is he or she different from you?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


An immigrant is someone who moves from another country. How might you feel if you were a new immigrant to America?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


A person who is prejudiced dislikes someone because they are different. For instance, some people are prejudiced against people who have a different color skin or a different religion.

What kinds of problems do you think prejudice causes?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


What do you think is the biggest problem in our country?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


Think about a problem in the world, the country, or your town. What can you do to help fix this problem?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


How does God want us to treat people who are different?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


There is a new girl in Erics Sabbath school class. The new girl, Laura, has Downs Syndrome. Erics best friend whispers to Eric during class, making fun of how Laura looks and how she talks. If you were Eric, what would you do?

Pathways Theme: Social Issues and Culture


Is it important to spell correctly? Why or why not?

Language Arts: General


Is it important to use punctuation correctly? Why or why not?

Language Arts: General


Is it important to always use complete sentences? Why or why not?

Language Arts: General


Is it important to be able to write well? Why or why not?

Language Arts: General


Is it important to know the different parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.)? Why or why not?

Language Arts: General


What are your favorite kinds of books to read?

Language Arts: General


What is the worst book you have read all the way through? What made it so awful?

Language Arts: General


What is the best book you have read? What made it so great?

Language Arts: General


If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

Language Arts: General


What is your favorite invertebrate animal? Why?

Science: Cycle 3


Arachnophobia is the fear of arachnids, such as spiders. Write about something you are afraid of.

Science: Cycle 3


Why are insects important?

Science: Cycle 3


Genetics is the study of how characteristics are passed from one generation to the next. Choose one of your parents or grandparents. In what ways are you like this person?

Science: Cycle 3


Why do you think some people use drugs?

Science: Cycle 3


Imagine one of your friends in thinking about trying drugs. What would you say to him or her?

Science: Cycle 3


What if the earth had the same amount of gravity as the moon? What would your life be like?

Science: Cycle 3


Think of your favorite sport or game. How would this game be different if there were no friction?

Science: Cycle 3


Would you rather lift 50 lbs of feathers or 50 lbs of rocks? Explain your answer.

Science: Cycle 3


Stacy is afraid to ride The Maverick, a roller coaster at Cedar Point, because shes afraid she will slip out when it goes upside down. Use science to convince her to ride it with you.

Science: Cycle 3


Which do you think was the more important inventionthe telescope or the microscope? Explain.

Science: Cycle 3


NASA would someday like to colonize, or send people to live on, the moon. Would you like to be one of those colonists? Why or why not?

Science: Cycle 3


What is you favorite planet and why?

Science: Cycle 3


Mike saw a movie about an asteroid that was going to destroy all life on earth. Now hes afraid this might really happen. Using what the Bible teaches, what would you tell Mike?

Science: Cycle 3


How important do you think it is to memorize the multiplication tables? Give reasons for your answer.

Math


How would you explain to a second grader what multiplication is all about?

Math


Write about one or more examples of how you have or could use multiplication in real life (outside of school).

Math


Write about one or more ways you have or could use division in real life (outside of school).

Math


What are some real-world uses for geometry?

Math


What one thing have you learned in math that you think you will never use outside of school?

Math


Write about some careers that you think require a lot of math.

Math


All our cell phones have calculators. Why do we still learn math?

Math


Explain, using mostly words, how to figure out how much time has passed between 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Math


Explain, using mostly words, how to figure out how many inches are in three and a half feet.

Math


Explain, using mostly words, how to figure out how many years are in five decades and two centuries.

Math


How many real-world applications can you think of for using fractions?

Math


Jackson thinks that + is 2/6. Explain to him why he is wrong.

Math


Write a math word problem that uses both subtraction and addition.

Math


Write a math word problem that uses both multiplication and division.

Math


Write a math word problem that requires at least three steps to solve.

Math


Write a math word problem that uses fractions.

Math


Write a math word problem that involves elapsed time.

Math


Write a math word problem that uses percent.

Math


Why is it important to be able to read maps?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


How many different kinds of maps can you think of and what are they used for?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Is it important to know the locations of other countries? Why or why not?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


If you could visit any country in Europe, where would you go and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


If you were a Christian during the 12th century, would you have been for or against the crusades? Give reasons for your answer.

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Who is your favorite renaissance artist, musician, or scientist and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


If you could ask Martin Luther one question, what would you ask and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Think about all the explorers you have learned about. Which of these explorers would you have enjoyed traveling with and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


How did the invention of the printing press change the world?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


How did the invention of steam power change the world?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


What might your life be like if you were a kid in a working class family during the industrial revolution?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


If you were in the armed forces during World War I, what job would you want to have and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Which European country would you least want to live in during World War II and why?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Learning about the Holocaust can be disturbing. Why do you think it is an important part of history to study?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


How would you feel about the Berlin wall if you lived in West Berlin during the 1980s?

Social Studies: Cycle 3


Why doesnt God force us to follow Him?

Bible: Cycle 3


What do you think Adam and Eve did during a typical day in the Garden of Eden?

Bible: Cycle 3


Did Abraham have a lot of faith in God? Defend your answer.

Bible: Cycle 3


Tell the story of a person from the Old Testament who learned from his or her mistakes.

Bible: Cycle 3


Imagine you are an Israelite kid watching the sanctuary sacrifice for the first time. What would you think? How would you feel?

Bible: Cycle 3


Why do you think John 3:16 is such a well-known Bible verse?

Bible: Cycle 3


If you could have been present for just one of Jesus miracles, which miracle would you most want to see?

Bible: Cycle 3


Why didnt most Hebrews realize that Jesus was the Messiah?

Bible: Cycle 3


Why did Jesus let himself be crucified?

Bible: Cycle 3


What are some signs of Jesus return? Have any of these signs happened yet?

Bible: Cycle 3


What do you think heaven will be like?

Bible: Cycle 3


If you had $1,000 to spend on someone else, how would you spend it?

General


If you designed a website to make the world a better place, what would your website be about?

General


Do you think kids your age should be allowed to use Facebook? Give reasons for your opinion.

General


How do you feel about school uniforms? Explain.

General


If you could give yourself a new name, what would you choose and why?

General


If you made a video to advertise your school, what would you show in your video? What would you say?

General


Do you think kids lives are easier than adults lives?

General


Write a poem!

(Any kind, any school-appropriate topic.)

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

If I could _______, I would _________.

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I wish I never had to ______________ again. (Explain why.)

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

People think Im weird when I ______. (Give details.)

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I would rather _______ than _______. (Explain why.)

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

Over the past year I ___________________.

(Give details.)

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I think _______.

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I hope ________.

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I believe _________.

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

I am ______ because I ______.

General


Fill in this prompt and then write your response:

_____ is important to me because ________________.

General


Write your own unique writing prompt. Write your response, as well.

General


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