41 Cool Space Writing Prompts That Are Out of This World

Incorporate writing into your unit about the solar system using these fun space writing prompts.

Not only do these space-themed writing prompts motivate even the most reluctant of writers, they instill a love for writing, help students express their ideas plus sharpen writing skills.

Whether you’re looking to teach narrative, persuasive, informational, or opinion writing about space, you’re sure to find a suitable topic within these space writing prompts.

So have fun with space and planets during writer’s workshop using these delightful space writing prompts.

Outer Space Writing Prompts

Whether you teach kindergarten, middle school, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and up, your students will love these space-themed writing ideas and planet writing prompts.

What Can I Write About Space?

1. Write a short story about what it might be like if you woke up one morning as an alien.

2. If there was no gravity…

3. As you and your friends are playing at recess, a spaceship lands on the playground. Write about what happens next.

4. Compose a poem about an object in the solar system.

5. From your knowledge, describe an alien.

6. Write a short story about an alien who befriends an astronaut traveling to the moon.

7. Compare and contrast two of your favorite planets.

8. Write a funny story about a dog and cat team exploring space in a pet rocket ship.

9. An alien friend is visiting planet Earth soon. Write a sightseeing guide for him/her recommending all the must-see places on your planet.

10. If you were traveling on a spaceship, what would you be most excited to see?

11. Write a story about flying to outer space and discovery a brand new planet.

12. What do you think it would be like to have an alien as a sibling?

13. In your opinion, what would be the coolest thing about visiting space?

14. You arrive home from school one day to find an alien lurking under your bed. Write what happens next.

15. Compose a poem about one of the planets.

16. Write a story using these three words: space, rocket, floating

17. If you could visit any planet in the solar system, which would you choose and why?

18. S.P.A.C.E – Compose an acrostic poem using the word space.

19. If you were an alien, what gift requests would be on your Christmas list and why?

Space Writing Prompts for Kindergarten

These free preschool space writing prompts are perfect for kindergarten students, too.

20. Space looks like…

21. My alien friend is nice…

22. If I could visit another planet, I would go to…because…

23. My favorite planet is … because…

24. I like space because…

25. Sketch an alien. Then write one or two sentences describing it. 

See more kindergarten writing prompts.

Space Writing Prompts Middle School

Your 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will enjoy writing about space exploration and other space themed writing prompts.

26. You are being sent to live in a space station for one year. What items do you need to bring so that your trip is safe and productive?

27. Draft a short story about you being a king or queen of a planet.

28. While traveling outer space, you and your crew discovered a new planet. Describe this planet in detail.

29. Write a diary entry about a day in your life while living on the planet of Mars.

30. You have been asked to interview an astronaut about her most recent trip to space. Write a list of questions that you’d like to ask.

31. Would you rather travel to space or go to the depths of the ocean? Explain your choice.

32. Choose your favorite planet, and describe it. Why is this planet your favorite?

33. In your opinion, why do you think it’s important to explore space?

34. Write a combination of similes and metaphors to describe an alien. See examples of metaphors and similes.

35. Would you ever want to visit another planet? Why or why not?

36. You and your best friend have just won a trip to space with NASA. You want to visit the moon, but your friends wants to visit Mars. Convince your friend to visit your chosen destination.

37. Based on your knowledge, how is outer space different from life on Earth?

38. Write a story about visiting the moon.

39. You and your family are taking a vacation to outer space. Tell what you will do there, what will you eat, etc.

40. If there was no gravity, what type of things would you do for fun? How would life be different? 

41. Write a mystery about a rocket lost in space.

How Do You Start a Space Story?

To start a space story, begin with an introduction that grabs the reader’s attention.

Ideas include starting with action, dialogue, a question, or with a classic opening such as “Once upon a time…”.

Final Thoughts

Now you have a ready-supply of writing prompts about space for students of all ages.

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