51 Terrific Writing Topics for Fifth Grade

Stimulate 5th graders’ writing ideas and abilities using these high-interest writing topics for fifth grade students.

At times, fifth graders’ lack of desire for writing stems from a lack of interest in given topics.

These writing topics for fifth graders solve that problem!

These topics prompt 5th graders to share personal experiences, reflect on memorable moments, and also sharpen their writing skills. 

So pencil in a few of these writing topics for fifth grade into your lesson plan this week.

Writing Topics for Fifth Grade

1. A memory swimming in the ocean

2. Memorable dance you participated in

3. The best day of your life so far

4. A moment when you received an unexpected good grade

5. Saving up money to buy a gift for someone special

6. A surprising lesson that you learned from someone younger than you

7. An experience hiking 

8. A heart-felt moment that happened at church

9. Most memorable first day of school

10. A time that you ignored your parents but should have listened

11. Unique characteristics about yourself

12. A disgusting food that you tried

13. A time when you attempted to communicate with someone who speaks a different language

14. The happiest moment so far in fifth grade

15. First day at a brand new school

16. A time you faced a big fear

17. An experience popping fireworks

18. Helping someone plan a surprise birthday party

19. An experience going shopping during a busy holiday season

20. A time when you missed the bus

21. An embarrassing moment in public

22. First time traveling to a different country

23. An adventure through the woods

24. A time when you taught someone how to do something

25. First time traveling to a different state

26. A school day morning when everything went wrong

27. Something gross that occurred when eating lunch with friends

28. A time you had an allergic reaction to a mosquito or other bug bite

29. Unique holiday tradition that you do each year to celebrate your culture

30. A time you had a terrible tummy ache right after eating

31. Receiving a special piece of jewelry

32. A time when you received a poor grade on an assignment

33. The experience of getting a tooth pulled

34. A day when you felt very responsible

35. Write two or three writing topics for fifth grade your teacher might like.

36. A time when you helped a student who was not your good friend

37. Scary experience

38. Memorable road-trip adventure with family or friends

39. Write about a time when you felt so alone.

40. Share a moment in school when you feel super special.

41. Write about the great characteristics of your kinder, 1st, or 2nd grade teacher.

42. Experience of a haircut or hairstyle gone bad

42. Write about what you think your life will be like in 5 years.

43. Compare and contrast the life of a fifth grader today with the life of fifth graders fifty years ago.

44. Feelings that you experience when you listen to your favorite music

45. Memorable time that you have playing in the pool or ocean

46. Favorite memory with a sibling or cousin

47. Best moment from fifth grade so far

48. The talents that you have that you are most proud of and why

49. Dreams that you have for the future

50. What you will miss most from elementary school

51. An invention you would create to make life easier for people

For support, teach students how to respond to writing topics for fifth grade.

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