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Fifth Grade Writing Prompts

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This new collection of fifth grade writing prompts will give you some fun ideas to boost your students' creativity AND writing skills! 

Fun fifth grade writing prompts

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If you don't require the illustrated printable page, here is the text from this set of fifth grade writing prompts:

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1. You were actually surprised this year on your birthday. What happened?

2. You decide to make a bar graph of some important information to share online. What is the information, and why do you want to post it?

3. What kind of business could you start with your best friend? How would you work together to run this business?

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4. You’ve been chosen to represent your school in a statewide magic show. Your best act features a frog. Describe your act.

5. What are three most necessary qualities for success in school, and why?

6. Invent a new word that has at least five syllables. Give its definition, and use it in three different sentences.

7. Explain how you could figure how many grains of sand fit inside a teaspoon.

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8. It’s Different Day at school. You have different teachers, different classes and different friends. What will you miss the most?

9. Suppose there was nothing at all on your family’s schedule for an entire week. What activities could you propose that everyone would enjoy? Why do you think these would be good choices?

10. You decide to increase the amount of time you spend exercising. What activities will you most want to try? Why?

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11. Here is an equation that makes no sense: Purple + Zinnias = Spaghetti. Write another senseless word equation and try to explain it.

12. Your dog has picked up an unusual scent. He sniffed it in the kitchen, in the living room, in the basement, and on the street in front of your house. What is the source of the scent? What does your dog do when he finds that source?

Suggestions for using these fifth grade writing prompts:

  • Please note that each prompt contains one or more bold faced words. These bold words appear on our fifth grade spelling word list. 
  • When you assign these prompts, you may wish to require your fifth graders to include the bold word at least once or twice on their response.
  •  You may wish to assign one prompt to every student by posting it in a prominent place in your classroom each week.
  • Or, you may wish to pass out the entire printable list of prompts to students. Then you can allow them to select one prompt  at a time of their choice to write about.
  • If time allows, encourage students to illustrate their responses with their own drawings or clip art.
  •  When possible, post students' writing samples. Before posting, however, give writers the opportunity to edit and improve their work. 
  • Use these writing prompts for 5th grade, too! 

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