3rd Grade Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Third graders have plenty of ability to respond to writing prompts. The suggestions in this article will stimulate the brains of your students and lighten your workload as you come up with lesson plans.

What Are Some Writing Ideas for 3rd Grade?

In third grade, students should be able to collect their thoughts and write about experiences in school and with their families. To get you and your classroom started, here are some areas you can explore as you develop an assignment:

  • What If Your Pets Could Talk: This absurd scenario is both a fun proposition and a way to get students to leave the real world for a bit. Would they speak the same language as people, or would we have to learn to communicate in new ways? Does each animal have a different language? What do their voices sound like?
  • What Would I Do With My Own Money: This will allow students to demonstrate their financial sense early in life. How much would they work with? Would they save anything, or give it away to someone? If they spent it, what would they buy, and what would be the first thing on their list?
  • Why Should We Follow Rules: This will require the student to take an authoritative stance and defend the use of rules, both in classrooms and at home. They should give examples of when rules are needed, and how they work to better the experience for everyone involved.

What Online Writing Resources are Available?

In the Study.com library, you can check out the following course:

This course contains a series of video lessons on vocabulary use, the writing process, grammar, punctuation and more that can help you teach students how to build their writing skills.

The lessons in this course are in a video format and offer the flexibility of watching from any location using your mobile device. You'll also find quizzes and exams that might be useful in your classroom.

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