5th Grade Writing Prompts : Inspiring & Fun

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Best 4th grade writing prompts

1. Share your thoughts on whether exploring space is worth the time and money invested in it.
2. Argue why a certain genre of book (like mystery, fantasy, or biography) is the best to read.
3. Write about why recess is important (or not) at school
4.Imagine a secret world hidden under your bed. What is it like and who lives there?
5.Write about what you want to be when you grow up and why.

I have compiled a list of 5th grade writing prompts that you can use for home schooling or in the classroom.

You can incorporate these 5th grade writing prompts into their daily journal. It is a great way to encourage children to journal their experiences.

Fun 5th grade writing prompts:

Climate change writing prompts:

  1. What do you think climate change means?
  2. What worries you about climate change?
  3. If you change something about the world what would it be?
  4. Do you think recycling is important?
  5. What do you think happens to things once they are recycling?
  6. What can you do to encourage your family to recycle?
  7. Why do you think recycling is important?
  8. Would you rather run to school every day or take less shower to save the earth?
  9. If you can be an activist, what would you campaign about?
  10. If you can grow your own vegetables what would you grow?
  11. How can your school be more friendly to the earth?
  12. What can you do to make the world a better place?
  13. What do you think the government should do to reduce pollution?

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Creative 5th grade writing prompts

14. What is your biggest achievement so far?

15. What is your biggest goal in life?

16. What is stopping you from achieving that goal?

17. Who can you ask help from so you can achieve your goals?

18. Name a person you admire the most in your family?Why do you admire him/her?

19. Write something about your neighbourhood 

20. If you can have all the money in the world, what would you do to achieve your goal?

21. Is money more important or happiness?

22. What is the biggest challenge you have overcome so far?

23. What did you do to overcome those challenges?

24. Were you proud of the outcome? Do you think you could have done better to overcome that challenge?

25. What new skill would you like to learn?

26. What is stopping you from learning that skill?

27. If you would never ever fail, what would you do?

28. Why does failure scare you?

29. Would you rather NOT try or try and fail?

30. Why do you think failure is always part of success?

31. What can you do NOW to be successful in the future?

32. Name a challange you would like to overcome this year?

33. What do you like most about yourself?

34. Name your biggest gift and why do you think they are special to you

35. What makes you unique?

36. What makes you special?

37. 3 qualities that makes you stand out from the crowd?

38. What is your biggest skill?

39. What makes you a good friend?

40. What do you think beauty means?

41. Is inner beauty more important than outer appearance?

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42. What is your favorite family tradition?

42. 3 things you like best about your family?

43. What makes your family special?

44. A party you remember most in your family?

45. Your favorite family holiday?

46. What is your best family moments?

47. Your favorite childhood memories?

48. Name 3 things that come to mind when asked about your childhood.

49. Your favorite family weekend activities?

50. What is your favorite family dish?

51.  Your favorite family activity?

52. What is your favorite family board game?

53. What is your favorite family restaurant?

54. How has your family changed since corona started?

55. What is your favorite family summer activity?

56, What is your favorite thing to do with mom/dad?

57. What do you like most about your best friend?

58. What do you think makes a friend special?

59. Have you ever broke a friend’s secret?

60. Why do you think having friends is important?

61. Your favorite things to do with your friends?

62. What makes you a good friend?

63. Who is the smartest person you know?

64. What is the best thing about being in 5th grade?

65. How would you see yourself 10 years from now?

66. What can you do to make 5th grade a fun experience?

67. If you can spend the weekend building something with your friends, what would you build?

68. What is the hardest part about being in 5th grade?

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Imaginative 5th grade writing prompts:

69. Imagine being the principal of your school for one day, what will you do that day?

70. If you only have 1 month left to live, where will you go? What will you do?

71. If you are to live on an island for 1 year and can only take one other person with you, who will you take?

72.  You were told that you can be a scientist that can solve one world problem. Which world problem would you solve? Why?

73. Imagine you can recreate the internet, what will you do to make it safer for everyone?

74. Would you rather go to the moon or to the bottom of the ocean? Why?

75. Imagine being the prime minister or president of your country, which problem will you tackle first that your country is facing?

76. Imagine being inherited with millions of dollar, what will you do with all that money?

77. If you can invent a new robot, what will that robot do?

78. Imagine being able to create a time machine, to which moment in your life would you like to go back too?

79. Would you rather live in the moon for one year or live on an exotic island?

80. If you can follow a famous superstar for one day, who would you like to follow?

81. If you can receive any gift for your birthday, what would you like?

82. Imaging having a genie in a bottle that allows you to have only 3 wishes come true. What are the 3 things you would wish for?

83. Would you rather go to space or go back in time?

84. Imagine if animals start talking, what do you think they will say?

Paragraph writing topics for 5th graders

  1. A Day in the Life of a Superhero: Write about what you would do if you were a superhero for a day.

  2. The Magic School Bus Adventure: Imagine a field trip on the Magic School Bus. Where would you go and what would you learn?

  3. My Favorite Book Character: Describe your favorite character from a book and why you like them.

  4. Inventing a New Game: Invent a new outdoor game and explain the rules and how to play it.

  5. The Talking Animals: If animals could talk, which animal would you want to have a conversation with and what would you ask?

  6. Time Travel Trip: If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

  7. The Ultimate Treehouse: Describe your dream treehouse and what special features it would have.

  8. A World Without Electricity: Write about how your life would be different if there was no electricity.

  9. My Dream Vacation: Describe your dream vacation destination and what you would do there.

  10. A Letter to a Book Character: Write a letter to a character in a book you’ve read, asking them questions or giving them advice.

  11. When I Grow Up: Write about what you want to be when you grow up and why.

  12. The Secret Door: Imagine finding a secret door in your house. Where does it lead and what do you find?

  13. Life on Another Planet: Describe what you think life would be like on another planet.

  14. Under the Sea Adventure: Imagine an adventure under the sea. What would you see and discover?

  15. A Day Without Gravity: What would happen if there was no gravity for a day? How would it affect your life and surroundings?

  16. The Haunted House on the Hill: Write a story about a haunted house. What makes it haunted and what happens when someone visits it?

Opinion writing prompts for 5th graders

101. School Uniforms: Yes or No? – Write about whether school uniforms should be mandatory. Explain your reasons.

102. Homework: Necessary or Not? – Share your opinion on whether homework is important for learning or if it should be reduced.

103 The Best School Subject – Write about which school subject is the most important and why you think so.

104. Technology in Classrooms – Do you think technology (like tablets and computers) helps or hinders learning in the classroom? Explain your viewpoint.

105. Year-Round Schooling: Good or Bad Idea? – Share your thoughts on having school throughout the year with shorter breaks, instead of a long summer vacation.

106. The Importance of Recess – Write about why recess is important (or not) at school.

107. Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos? – Give your opinion on whether zoos are good for animals and why.

108. Space Exploration: Is It Worth the Cost? – Share your thoughts on whether exploring space is worth the time and money invested in it.

109. The Best Type of Book to Read – Argue why a certain genre of book (like mystery, fantasy, or biography) is the best to read.

110. Reducing Plastic Waste – Write about ways to reduce plastic waste and why it’s important for the environment.

Narrative 5th grade writing prompts

111. The Lost Treasure Map: You find an old map in your attic that leads to a hidden treasure. Describe your adventure as you follow the map.

112. A Journey to a Distant Planet: Imagine you’re an astronaut visiting a new planet. What do you see, and what unexpected things happen on your journey?

113. The Day I Became a Detective: Write a story about solving a mystery in your neighborhood. What clues do you find and how do you solve the case?

114. The Magic Potion Gone Wrong: You create a magic potion, but it doesn’t work as expected. Describe the hilarious outcomes.

115. Rescuing a Mythical Creature: You discover a mythical creature that needs your help. Describe your quest to safely return it to its magical world.

116. The Time Capsule Surprise: You and your friends find a time capsule from 100 years ago. What’s inside and how does it lead you on an adventure?

117. The Secret Garden in the City: You find a secret garden in the middle of a bustling city. Describe the garden and the magical things that happen there.

118. A Day as My Favorite Animal: Write a story about spending a day as your favorite animal. What do you do, and what challenges do you face?

119. The Mysterious Old Bookstore: You enter an old bookstore and find a book that transports you into its story. Describe your experience in the book’s world.

120. The Haunted House on the Hill: You and your friends decide to explore a rumored haunted house in your town. What spooky and surprising things do you find?

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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

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