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Second Grade Writing Prompts

This set of 12 second grade writing prompts will spur some great thinking and writing.  Choose one, two or all twelve of these for your favorite second grader!

list of second grade writing prompts

Text from the Printable Page

If you don't require the illustrated printable page, here is the text from this set of writing prompts. Note that each prompt contains a bold word, from our second grade spelling words.

See my suggestions below for using these prompts. Make sure students understand that some of these prompts are about pretend situations, such as #1, 3, 4, 12 and others on this page.

boy on a ball doing a balancing act with a big stack of plates, cups and more

1. What are three things a lion might say to a mouse? 

2. What is the best thing about second grade?

3. Pretend that you keep a lock on a special box under your bed. What is in the box?

4. There is a giant panda in your swimming pool. What will you do?

5. There is a big hole in your yard. What will you see when you look down the hole?

6. What is your favorite book to read with a friend? why?


7. Draw a scribbly shape. Then pretend it is a new toy. What is it called? How do you play with it?

8. Your math book says that one plus one is three. When your teacher finds this mistake, what will happen?

9. Write a poem about wish made by a fish. 

pair of feet with matching shoes and socks

10. It will take a lot of time to finish your classroom chore today. What is it? Why will it take so long?

11. Name three healthful snacks.

12. Sam’s pet rabbit hops away for one hour every day. What do you think the rabbit does while it is gone?

Tips for using these second grade writing prompts:

  • For extra spelling practice, ask students to use the words in BOLD at least once or twice in each piece that they write. 
  • Encourage kids to illustrate their work.
  • When appropriate, post student work on a classroom display. Be sure they've had the opportunity to edit their work before posting it.
  • Try this set of 2nd grade writing prompts, too! 

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