3rd Grade Journal Prompts

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Third grade students are required to write daily in a variety of ways. Asking students to journal is a great way to have them practice and develop their writing skills. This lesson gives you ideas for prompts to keep at your fingertips.

Journal Writing in Third Grade

Common Core standards require students to write a variety of text types such as opinion, explanatory, and narrative. They're also asked to use grade-specific grammar and spelling skills. On top of these criteria, you want them to have opportunities to reflect on learning and let their creative juices flow. Journaling is an open-ended writing activity geared towards a specific prompt.

Many teachers build in time for daily journaling with their students, such as right after that hectic lunch/recess time slot, as a way to refocus and create calm. Journaling can also be used across the curriculum, in math notebooks and science journals. Be prepared for journal time by creating and using a journal prompt list. For a fun twist, print, cut apart, fold, and place in a jar. Allow a student to pull a prompt each day.

General Journal Prompts

These journal prompts can be used with your third graders any time.

  • If I were (president, the principal, an elephant, etc.) I would…
  • I am most proud of….
  • My favorite (song, movie, character, book) is….because….
  • If I had one wish I would…..because….
  • My favorite time of day is…..because…
  • What do best friends do?
  • If you could change any school rule, what would it be? Why?
  • Who is your favorite grown up? Why?
  • My best birthday memory is….because…..
  • How can you help a person who is feeling sad?
  • If I were a Christmas tree….
  • What would you do if you lost (television, technology, books)?
  • I never leave home without….
  • My (brother/siblings/parents/teachers) don't know that I…..
  • If I could fly, the first place I'd go is…..
  • Imagine colors made noise. Choose one and describe it.
  • What if chickens laid something other than eggs. What would it be? Why?
  • What would you do if you woke up to find your family was the last on earth?
  • You're a raindrop or snowflake. Describe your journey.
  • Describe the most dangerous thing you've ever done. What did you learn from it?

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