Few things can hold a child's fascination and attention quite like an animal. Who doesn't love to tell about an amusing pet or an interesting encounter with a wild animal? Use these writing prompts on animals to get their writing gears in motion.
For 1st and 2nd graders:
Prompt 1: If you could choose any animal for a class pet, what would you choose and why?
Prompt 2: Most people like one particular animal more than others. What is your favorite animal? Why is it your favorite?
Prompt 3: Lucky you! You have been chosen to become an animal for a day. What animal would you be and why?
Prompt 4: You're going on vacation and must leave your pet with a friend. Make a list of things your friend needs to do to take care of your pet.
Prompt 5: Think of two different types of animals. Now combine the head of one with the body of the other? What is the name of your new animal? What interesting things can he do?
Prompt 6: Pretend you're a bird sitting up high in a tree. Describe in detail what you see and how things look to you.
For the older grades:
Prompt 7: Write a letter to a local animal shelter requesting information about their volunteer program.
Prompt 8: Describe a bird, an insect, or animal that you have strong feelings about. Choose one that scares, amuses, or puzzles you. Be sure you know enough about the animal to describe it fully. Use sensory details that will make your classmates feel the same.
Prompt 9: Describe an animal that you will never forget.
Prompt 10: Most people know of an animal they would like better than any other as a pet. Before you write, think about what type of animal that would be and why you think it would make such a great pet.
Prompt 11: Write an essay about the differences between two different types of insects. Give examples of how each type is adapted to its environment.
Prompt 12: Make up a new animal. Describe the important features of the animal, what it looks like, and where it lives. Write from the viewpoint of the first person to discover this animal.
Prompt 13: You are a type of insect. Introduce yourself to someone, explaining your typical day, your life processes, and how you deal with any dangers you routinely face.
Prompt 14: You are a type of fish. Introduce yourself to someone, explaining your typical day, your life processes, and how you deal with any dangers you routinely face.
Prompt 15: You are a bee. Introduce yourself to someone, explaining your typical day, your life processes, and how you deal with any dangers you routinely face.
Prompt 16: Which is the better pet? A dog or a cat? Write an essay giving your view on the pros and cons of owning the animal of your choice.
Prompt 17: Write an essay giving your view on the pros and cons of owning either a monkey or a horse. Which would be the better pet? Why?
Prompt 18: You just found a puppy (or kitten) all alone in your front yard. Write a letter to your parents explaining why you need to keep the animal and what you would do in order to be allowed to have it. List all of the ways you would take care of it, including how you would earn money for food and vet bills.
Prompt 19: Would you like to be a bird? Why or why not? If yes, what type of bird would you want to be?
Prompt 20: Write an essay about an animal that you can't stand. Why don't you like it? Have you ever had any experience with that type of animal? Could you ever learn to like it?
Prompt 21: You get to be a dog. Would you prefer to be a big dog like a Golden Retriever, a Labrador or a German Shepherd? Or would you prefer to be a cute, cuddly lap dog, like a terrier, a beagle or a dachsund? Why did you make the choice you did?