February is avocado and banana month. Think about what your favorite fruits and veggies are and write about any of the following: Why is it important to eat fruits and vegetables? What are your favorite fruits and veggies? What fruits and veggies have you never eaten and would like to try? Or... Pretend you're a gourmet chef; plan a creative meal with a special vegetable dish and fruit dessert; what are you making, what does it look like, what's it called and who are you preparing it for and why?
It's National Boost Self-Esteem Month: Do you have good self-esteem? Why? Why not? How did you acquire it? What kinds of things cause you to have low self-esteem? High self-esteem? How can you help build up your friends' / younger siblings' self-esteem? Do those things and write about what happened.
It's also Expect SUCCESS Month. Write about what you'd like to be when you grow up. Or... What do you think it takes to be a successful person? Or... Who do you think is the most successful person you know, and why do you think they're successful? Or... If you could meet your favorite successful person, who would it be and why would you like to meet them? Or... Some people say: "You are what you believe!" Do you believe that believing in yourself is half the battle in being successful and that "attitude is essential"?
February is also Library Lovers Month! What's your all-time favorite book? Write a little summary about it and tell why it's your favorite.
It's National Black History Month. Choose a famous person, find several interesting facts about them and write a paragraph to share with your classmates. Going along with 100 Day, as a class, see if you can make a list of 100 African American people who have made an impact on our history.
100 Day: Other 100 Day writing ideas: I'd walk 100 miles for... (write who, what, why, when, where, how....details please!) I'd like 100 pounds of... Or... In 100 years I think the world will have changed by...
Happy Dental Health Month. Write about your first trip to the dentist and how you felt. Or... Pretend you're a mom or dad and explain how you would your kids about the importance of dental hygiene. Or... Pretend you're a dentist and you've just checked your best friend's mouth and they have 6 cavities! What do you tell them? Explain the scenario.
It's National Mend A Broken Heart Month. Write about how you'd go about helping someone mend their broken heart. Or... You're a columnist for a teen magazine, what advice can you give to young people when they break up? Or... has this happened to you? What does it feel like to have a broken heart? What did you do to get better?
Let's not forget to celebrate National Time Management Month! How do you manage to get everything done in a day? Are you organized? Do you get your work done on time? Do you fly around like a chicken with your head cut off, procrastinate, turn things in late, wonder where the day went, take your seat just as the bell rings? Write about it! How can you improve? How important is it to manage time wisely?
It's Responsible Pet Owner's Month! Do you have a pet? Describe your pet. How did you come by them? What's their name? (Details please!) If you don't have a pet, write about a pet you'd like to have and what you'd name them. Another topic would be cruelty to animals. You've seen the commercials on TV with those adorable abused pets. What are your feelings about that? How can you help? Would you like to get involved? Why/why not? Or... write about an incident you know of where an animal was not taken care of properly. Or... Here's the scenario: You have just won the "Most Outstanding Pet Owner Award. Write about the things you do to properly take care of your pet, that made the judges decide that you should win this trophy. Along with the trophy is a $100 prize. You need to spend the money on your pet. What will you buy?
This one made me LOL. It's Pull Your Sofa Off The Wall Month! Honestly, who thinks of these things? But....I thought it would be a fun writing prompt to write about rearranging and changing your room! You've got $2,000 to create the bedroom of your dreams. What does it look like? What's in it? How have you decorated it and why?
February 8-14 is "Love makes the world go 'round; but, laughter keeps us from getting dizzy!" Week. Write about something or someone that had you laughing really hard. Or... Write why you think laughing is an important thing to do. (They say: "Laughter is the best medicine." What does that mean?) Or... write about things that make you laugh. Or... Write about a funny experience you've had in your life that is really funny. Make us laugh! Or... Do you think that love really makes the world go 'round? Why?
February 12-15 is "Random Acts of Kindness" Week. Think of one, go out and do it and then write about what you did and the result it had.
February 17-23 is International Friendship Week. Spin the globe, touch your finger to a spot, find out something about the country where your finger landed, and write a letter to a pretend pen pal. Or... make up an international friend and write about him/her and why you are great friends.
February 4th is Bubble Gum Day! What's your favorite gum and why? Now include that information and write a story about the day that bubble gum saved the day! Or... write a story about the day that bubble gum ruined the day!
February 8th is Extraterrestrial Culture Day! Here's the scenario: A space ship has landed on the playground and abducted your class! Write about it. Or... A space ship has landed and taken over your school! Or... A space ship has landed and you have an alien for a teacher for one day. Or... An alien becomes your best friend.
February 8th is also "Laugh and Get Rich Day!" Write about how you laughed and got rich!
February 9th is Stop Bullying Day. Now this is a great idea. I HATE bullying. Have you ever been bullied? Write about that experience. How did you feel? What happened? What did you do? If not; write about what you'd do if you saw someone being bullied. Or... You've got magical powers (be sure to write what they are.) You're an anti-bully super hero! You show up on playgrounds when children are being picked on. What's your super hero name and what do you do to solve bullying problems?
February 17th is My Way Day. If you could have everything YOUR WAY for a day, what would your way be like and why.
Happy Presidents' Day February 21st. Which president is your favorite, Lincoln or Washington and why? Or... How is Obama's presidency different from Lincoln or Washington's presidency? Or... If you could meet the president, would you want to? Why or why not? Or... out of all of the presidents, which is your favorite? Why? Or... If it were possible, would you like to be president some day? Why or why not?
It's "Inconvenience Yourself Day the 23rd. What do you suppose that means? Why should it be celebrated? Or... When have you ever been inconvenienced? How did you feel? How did you handle the situation? What could you have done to avoid it? Or... Actually do it; inconvenience yourself for someone else. What did you do? Why did you do it? What were the results? How did you feel?
It's "Levi Strauss Day" the 26th. Some say this is the man who made blue jeans famous. Are blue jeans your favorite attire to wear? Describe your favorite outfit? What kinds of clothes do you feel most comfortable in?
I also wish you all the best as you celebrate Groundhog Day on the 2nd, 100 Day (on whatever day that lands on for you), and my personal favorite day of the year, Valentine's Day on the 14th!
I hope some of these National day, week and month-long celebrations get you excited to write. I'm a firm believer if you're enthused about a topic, the creative juices start flowing and you WANT to write. The more you write the better you get at it. The better you write, the more you want to write. So, as always, by all means....
For more writing prompts, click on the link. I've made a booklet that contains some for each month on a variety of topics!
Let’s celebrate the DAYS…
That’s it for the DAYS…
Now for the WEEKLY celebrations…
Celebrating all MONTH long:
I hope some of these national day, week and month-long celebrations get your students enthused about writing. I truly believe that if students are excited about a topic they will WANT to write. The more they write the better they'll get. The better they write, the more they'll want to write. It's like the proverbial snowball rolling down the hill.
Since it's almost springtime, let's use the analogy of a pebble thrown into a thawing pond where the ripples continue to reverberate! So, as always, by all means....
WRITE ON!For more writing prompts, click on the link. I've made a booklet that contains some for each month on a variety of topics!
What Can I Write About In January?
January is the Month of Resolutions. Look that word up in the dictionary. Think of 2 or 3 resolutions that you will or won’t do this year and then explain why you will and won't do them.
January 1-7th is Celebration of Life Week. Here are some ideas for that: Tell me in a paragraph why you are glad you are alive. Or… What do you hope to accomplish in your life that will make other people want to celebrate? Or… There used to be a show called “This is Your Life ______!” If you were on that show what would they say about your life thus far?
January 2-8th is “Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week!” Write about things that make you laugh, or an event or something that happened to you, that you and your friends are already laughing about.
January 8-14th is Universal Letter Writing Week. Write a letter to anyone you want that is living or dead, famous or not, talking about something that is important to you.
January 9-15th is Home Office Safety & Security Week. Since 9-11 things have really changed in our world. Do you feel safe at school? Do you feel safe at home? Why or why not? What things make you feel safe? What things are being done to make you feel safe? What can you do personally to make yourself feel safer?
Janury 9-15th is International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week. Have you ever ridden on or driven a snowmobile? Tell me about it. If not, would you like to? Why or why not? Or… What’s your favorite winter activity? Why?
January 15-17th is Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. This is our National Bird. When our country was choosing one Benjamin Franklin argued that the turkey would be a better choice. How would you have voted and why? Or… The Bald Eagle was near extinction because of the use of DDT. Write about your thoughts on how so many species are endangered. What do you think can you as a student can do about this problem?
January 16th-22nd is International Printing Week: Do you read the newspaper? Why or why not? Do you think it’s important for young people to listen to the news and be informed? Or…do you read magazines? What are the names of them? Why do you read them? Why are they your favorites? Or…Do you think printed “paper” material will eventually become nonexistent and everything will eventually be done on the computer online and we’ll become a virtually “paperless” society? How do you feel about that?
January 16-22nd is “Hunt for Happiness Week”. Tell me about the things that make you happy and why. Or…write about the happiest day in your life. Or…Plan an imaginary “Happy Day!” what would you include from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, filling it with all the things and people that bring you the most joy.
January 16th-21st is National Professionals' Week. Tell me what you want to be when you grow up and why. Or…If you could have ANY job in the world what would it be and why? Or… If you could follow one professional person around for a week to learn from them, who would you shadow and why?
The Sundance Film Festival and the KidFilm Festival are the weeks of 20-30th and 22-25th. Tell me about your all-time favorite movie and why you like it so much. Or…Who are your favorite actress and actor and why? Or…if you could be a movie star, what kinds of films would you be in and why? In the early days of Hollywood stars changed their real names. Would you change your name? Why or why not? What would it be if you did? Or...if you could be one of your favorite filmstars for a day who would you be and why and what would you do?
No Name Calling Week is January 24th-28th. Has anyone ever called you a name? Tell me about it? Have you ever called anyone a name? Do you think this is hurtful/harmful? Do you think the nursery rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me!” is true or not? Why? Read the story Chrysanthemum. Tell me how you relate to that story or write a book review about it.
It’s National Take Back Your Time Week January 25-29th. If you had an instant replay button on your life, what days would you like to live over and why? Or…Are you an organized person who manages their time wisely or do you procrastinate, wait to the last minute, and fly by the seat of your pants? Are you happy with the way things are with your management of time, or does it stress you out? How can you improve? Do you want to?
It’s Apple and Apricots Month as well as Artichoke and Asparagus Month. What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Do you eat enough of them? What fruits and vegetables don’t you like? Why don’t you like them? What fruits and vegetables have you never tried? Would you like to try them?
It’s National Soup Month! What’s your favorite mmm mmm good soup(s)? Why do you like it/them? What soup(s) don’t you like? What soup(s) haven’t you tried? Would you like to try it/them?
Well it's January and we're smack in the middle of winter. Do you like winter? Do you like the snow and chilly temperatures? How do you feel about Daylight Saving's Time and it being dark when you get up? Do you like winter sports and activities you can do outside in the winter better than other seasons? Is this your favorite season? Think about these questions and then write about how you feel about winter. If you're not in a cold and snowy state, would you like to live in a place that has cold weather and lots of snow? Or perhaps you do live in a cold state, would you rather live in a warmer state that doesn't have snow? Tell me your thoughts and....
For more writing prompts, click on the link. I've made a booklet that contains some for each month on a variety of topics!
What Should I Write About This Month?
Letter to Santa: Make it a bit more creative by adding a wrapping paper cover, a bit of curling ribbon, and a fancy tag. Have your students trace then write the sentences in an alternating red and green pattern with markers to make it a bit more fun. Click on the link to view/print the masters. Santa Letter
To Be Aware or not to be aware…
National Drunk & Drugged Driving Month:
It’s a TIE:
Read To Succeed!
Let’s Here It For Safety!
Hey! No fair! I Have RIGHTS!
High Five For Hand Washing!
The Pie’s Have It!
Home Sweet Home:
Just Go For It!
Ooooh this is creepy!
Go ahead; It’s OK!
It’s Time For A Change!
Lucky or not so lucky?
I feel unlucky because… then end on a positive note and flip it around with: I feel lucky because…
November is such a fun month! So many goofy things going on to trigger kids' thoughts and get them excited to write! From pizza to football, turkeys to forget-me-nots, there's a little bit of everything! Here are just a few:
Play it again Sam:
I’m thankful for our Veterans! Happy Veteran’s Day!
I’ll take it with everything on it!
Paging Miss Care Giver; you’re wanted in the OR Stat!
If you can read this, thank a teacher!
Now Read This!
A is for Adopt
I’m fighting for my life!
This freaks me out!
Also click on the link for 80 writing prompts. This site also lists another 50. I have my college students use this site to jump start their brains when they write in their journals. Make sure you go over it so that you can develop your own appropriate list from it. Do not just send your elementary students here to pick one. Although most of the prompts are excellent, a few of these topics are not appropriate for younger students.