Writing Prompts for First Grade: 71 Terrific Ideas

Check out these fun writing prompts for first grade students!

They provide 1st graders plenty of creative ideas to write about.

These first grade writing prompts tap into kids’ creativity, motivate first graders to express themselves they plus develop writing skills.

So add a few of these first grade writing prompts to your writer’s workshop teaching block sometime soon.

Writing Prompts for First Grade Students

1. What are your plans for Christmas? What are you looking forward to most?

2. Who is your favorite superhero? Explain why. 

3. Playing sports is lots of fun. Do you agree? Why or why not?

4. What is your favorite animal? Why is it your favorite?

5. Write about what you did last weekend. What did you do? 

6. What do you enjoy most about school? 

7. If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you be and why? 

8. I am happiest when …

9. Write about a time when you said or did something that upset someone. How do you think that made them feel? How would you change things if you could?

10. Write about a time you felt upset at home or in school. What did you do? 

11. What is the best present you have been given? Why is it so special to you? 

12. If you had any superpowers, what superpowers would you have and why? 

13. What do you like most about Christmas? What makes it so special for you? 

 14. You wake up one day to learn you can fly. Where is the first place you fly to, and why? 

15. What is your favorite lesson in school? Explain why. 

16. Should animals be kept in cages? Why or why not? 

17. What worries you the most in the world? 

18. Do you think homework should be required every night? Why or why not?

19. What are you looking most forward to about growing up? 

20. Think about a time you felt really angry. What did you do to stop feeling this way? 

21. Describe a time when you had to apologize to someone.

22. What is the happiest you have ever been? Why did you feel so happy?

23. Think about a time when you felt really scared. What did you do or say that stopped you from feeling this way? 

24. You have been given a big present for your good behavior. But someone takes it away from you. What do you do? 

25. What is your favorite food and why? 

26. Someone has been calling you names and making fun of you at school. What do you do to stop this from happening? 

27. What do you enjoy most about recess? 

28. You get to school to find a classmate all by herself. She is new to the school. What do you do? 

29. Someone asks to borrow one of your crayons in class. By the end of the day, the person still have not given back your crayon. He says that he has lost it. How does that make you feel?  What do you do?

More Great First Grade Writing Prompts

30. Think of the last time your parents shouted at you. Can you think of why they were so angry?  

31. What is your favorite color? Why is that color so special to you? 

32. If you had more money, what would you spend it on? 

33. When you grow up, what job do you want to have and why? 

34. What do you think being a teenager will be like? What are you looking forward to, and what are you not.

35. You have just bought ice cream from the ice cream truck. You see a small boy drop his ice cream and begin to cry. What do you do? 

36. What is the angriest you have ever been? 

37. On the playground, someone loses his/her temper and hits you. What do you do? 

38. What makes you the happiest? 

39. Do you believe in ghosts? Explain why. 

40. What is the most fun part of your family? 

41. As you’re writing, your pencil starts to dance. Write what happens next.

42. What are the qualities you look for in a good friend? 

43. You discover a secret compartment in your desk. What is inside?

44. What do you enjoy the most, summer or winter? Explain which season is your favorite and why? 

45. I feel safest when I am …

46. What is your earliest memory? Describe what it is and why you think you remember it?

47. The thing I look most forward to after a long week of school is …

48. If a genie granted me three wishes I would wish for … (explain your wishes) 

49. I am at my calmest when …

50. What upsets me the most is when people …

51. Write a letter to your teacher asking her to please read a book by your favorite children’s author.

52. I find it hard to concentrate in class when …

53. You are winning and running a race when you see someone cheating. The person cheating beats you and wins the race. How do you react?

54. Why should we be taking better care of our planet? 

55. Do you think you should smile, even when you are not happy? Explain why? 

56. What does your dream bedroom look like? Describe it.

57. If your pet was in charge of you for one whole day, what do you think it would make you do?

58. Do you think crying is a good thing? Explain why.

59. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why? 

60. Write about your favorite place in the world. What makes it so special?

61. What was the last dream you had? Can you remember what happened?

62. Describe the special bond you have with your pet or another animal.

63. What is the hardest part about going to school? Explain your answer. 

64. Rewrite the ending to your favorite fairytale.

65. You should be friendly to someone, even if they are not friendly to you? Do you agree? 

66. Is it wrong to not like someone who does not like the things you like? 

67. An evil person cannot become a good person. Do you agree? Explain your answer.

68. I would be happier if I had more money. Do you agree? Explain your answer. 

69. Imagine you dig a very deep hole in your backyard. What do you discover at the bottom?

70. Write a story about something terrible that happened at a birthday party you once attended.

71. If Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Frosty the Snowman got together, what things would they do?

72. Write one or two writing prompts for first grade students that your teacher may like.

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