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Writing Prompts for 5th Grade

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These writing prompts for 5th grade will spark lots of creative ideas in your students, and you'll also be providing some fun ways to practice fifth grade spelling words. (Just a bit sneaky, right?!)

writing prompts for 5th grade

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If you don't require the illustrated printable page, here is the text from this set of writing prompts for 5th grade:

bed on a big chocolate bar

1. Your bedroom is suddenly floating on an island made of chocolate. What should you do first, and why?

2. What are you most looking forward to about being in eighth grade? Why?

3. This morning, you squeezed the tube of toothpaste, but something else came out. What was it, and what happened?

4. What is good name for a new rhythm instrument? How is it played? Write a short description for a brochure advertising your new instrument.

mouse with long tail

5. A mouse sneaks quietly into the principal’s office late at night. What happens in the morning?

6. On your way to the amusement park, you suddenly see a different place you’d rather visit. What is it? Why do you want to go there?

7. Women are waiting. Women are wistfully waiting. Women are wistfully waiting while…  Finish the sentence using as many W words as possible. 

teacher with ruler, big glasses, and long purple dress

8. Imagine a snail had an abundant amount of energy. What could it accomplish in one day?

9. There’s a huge traffic jam in front of your house. Reporters from all the local television and radio stations are outside your house. Why?

10. It’s your turn to give a speech in English class, but your stomach will not quit growling. What will you do?

the White House

11. Give three reasons why your best friend might be too hoarse to speak to you today.

12. You are called to the White House to receive a special award. What did you do to earn it?

Suggestions for using these writing prompts for 5th grade:

  • Please note that each prompt contains one or more bold faced words. These bold words appear on our 5th 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 in their responses.
  •  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 on which to write.
  • If time allows, encourage students to illustrate their responses with their own drawings or clip art.
  •  When possible, post students'written work. Before posting, be sure to give writers time to edit and improve their work. 
  • Use these fifth grade writing prompts, too! 

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5th grade lesson plans - Spelling dictation has never been so simple for teachers and parents! I've written 30 ready-to-go sentences using lots of words on the 5th grade spelling word list. Dictation lessons give students practice with listening, writing and spelling. What could be better? This are a great addition to your writing prompts for 5th grade. 


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