Creative Writing Prompts for Fifth Grade

These creative 5th grade writing prompts will spark the imagination of even the most reluctant 5th grade student writer! They are unique writing topics that will allow your young students to freely create bold new narratives…

→ Writing Prompt 1: Write a fairy tale and start it with this line: “Once upon a time there were three caterpillars….”

→ Writing Prompt 2: Rewrite the story of Cinderella from one of the wicked step-sister’s point of view.

→ Writing Prompt 3: Your friends have a nickname for you. They call you Blizzard. How did you get that name?

Writing Prompt 4: Describe the color yellow to a person who is blind.  

→ Writing Prompt 5: For Halloween, you and your best friend decide to go to the house which everyone says is owned by a witch. When you go up the sidewalk, all of the lights are off and it looks like no one is home. However, you knock on the door anyway. The door swings open wide. It’s not a witch at all! It’s  ______. Write about who opened the door and what your reaction was.

→ Writing Prompt 6: Explain something that is hard for you to do.

→ Writing Prompt 7: Think of a story using these words: tumble, mirror, crow, toothbrush and helicopter.

→ Writing Prompt 8: Write an essay describing what you think the expression a rolling stone gathers no moss means.

→ Writing Prompt 9: What was your favorite TV show when you were in kindergarten? Do you think if you watched the same show now, five years later, you would still find it as interesting as you did then? Why or why not?

→ Writing Prompt 10: On your way home from school one day, you find a magic talking rock. It tells you that you will be granted your heart’s desire, but first, however, you must complete one really difficult task. What is your heart’s desire and what do you have to do to earn it? 

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→ Writing Prompt 11: You’re in an elevator with the one person in the world that you really dislike. Suddenly the elevator gets stuck between floors. Write a story in which you two become friends by the time you are rescued. Use lots of dialogue for this one!

→ Writing Prompt 12: The headline of your local newspaper reads MAN DIGS UP TREASURE IN HIS OWN BACKYARD! Write the newspaper article that accompanies it. Be sure to mention why he was digging in the first place and what he found.

→ Writing Prompt 13: You’ve entered your dog in the “best looking dog” contest at the local fair. He doesn’t win that title, however. Instead, he wins the blue ribbon for being the ……

→ Writing Prompt 14: Start a story with this opening. “It was raining the day I rode my bike to ……”

→ Writing Prompt 15: Imagine you had the power to go back to any time in your life and change one thing. What would you change and why?

→ Writing Prompt 16: Your six-year-old sister is in your room when you come home from school. You look around and all of your toys, stuffed animals, books, even your bed is covered with red marker. Write a story about how you feel and how you handle the situation.

→ Writing Prompt 17: You’re invited to two birthday parties which are being held at the same time on the same day. One is your best friend’s birthday. On the other hand, the other is the new kid in school who you’d really like to be friends with. What do you do and what do you tell the other person about why you can’t come to his party?

→ Writing Prompt 18: You are having a nightmare where dinosaurs are chasing you. When you wake up you are afraid for a minute to open your eyes. Finally, you summon up the courage to take a peek and when you do you couldn’t be more surprised. There standing in your bedroom is ……..

→ Writing Prompt 19: If you could become a member of any family on TV, which member would you become and why?

→ Writing Prompt 20: Your mother just came home with a dresser for your room that she bought at a tag sale. When you look inside the drawers, you find a hidden letter which has yellowed from age. What did the letter say and who wrote it?

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→ Writing Prompt 21: “I’ve got to find a way to keep him,” Jenny thought as she held onto the scruffy, dirty dog.

→ Writing Prompt 22: If I told you once I’ve told you a thousand times,” Coach Munson said, “You’re never going to make it if you don’t….”

→ Writing Prompt 23: What to you think the squeaky wheel gets the grease means?

→ Writing Prompt 24: As soon as I looked at my test grade, I knew I’d never get to….

→ Writing Prompt 25: Every day at exactly at 2:00, the elderly lady who lives across the street from you goes into her garden, looks up at the sky and sings a song from an opera. Write a short story about who she is and why she does that. 

→ Writing Prompt 26: The class skiing trip is next week and I still don’t…

→ Writing Prompt 27: Just once I wish my mom wouldn’t…

→ Writing Prompt 28: If it were up to me, school would only be in session…..

→ Writing Prompt 29: knew the second I woke up today that this day was going to be a disaster. And it’s all because of …..

→ Writing Prompt 30: How would you describe the sound of a tuba to someone who is deaf? 

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→ Writing Prompt 31: I will never ever be friends with Charlie Joe again. Not ever. This time he…..

→ Writing Prompt 32: How do you feel about rainy days? Do you like them because everything feels fresh afterwards and you like a day of coziness and laziness? Or do they make you sad because you are one of those people who needs the sun to be shining to feel happy inside?

→ Writing Prompt 33: Should students be allowed to bring their pets to school? Why or why not?

→ Writing Prompt 34: Explain what the saying people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones means.

→ Writing Prompt 35: Write a story with this opening…Once upon a time in a land called Trop, there lived 3 moskolopes. Their names were…____, ____, and ____. What type of creatures are moskolopes and what happens to them in the land of Trop?

→ Writing Prompt 36: Using your knowledge of your local geography and environment, explain to a new inhabitant how to find your city or town.

→ Writing Prompt 37: If you live in a smaller town, do you wish you lived in a big city? Why or why not? Conversely, if you live in a large city, do you wish you lived in a small town or a farming community? Why or why not?

→ Writing Prompt 38: Would you rather swim through mud or peanut butter?

→ Writing Prompt 39: What do you think the expression You can’t go home again means?

→ Writing Prompt 40: If you could eat only one meal every night, what would it be?

→ Writing Prompt 41: What one thing are you proud to have mastered?

→ Writing Prompt 42: If you could create a new flavor for a toothpaste, what flavor would you create?

→ Writing Prompt 43: If you had to change your name, what name would you pick as your new name?

→ Writing Prompt 44: Would you rather go to school with two different shoes on or with your shirt and pants on backwards?

→ Writing Prompt 45: What one word describes your best friend? Why did you pick that word?

→ Writing Prompt 46: Pretend you are a bee buzzing around. What does the world look like from your point of view? Are you confident because you have a stinger that can save you or are you frightened because you are one of the smaller things on the planet?

→ Writing Prompt 47: You have a choice. You can either be the best singer in the world or the best doctor. Which do you choose and why?

→ Writing Prompt 48: One morning you wake up and go to your bedroom window to look out. But you can’t see anything because you’ve been snowed in! The only problem is it’s the middle of July. What happened and what are you going to do?

→ Writing Prompt 49: When you see the word SNOW, what is the first image that pops into your mind? Is is snowmen, sledding, no school days, Christmas, or something else? Write about what you think of first.

→ Writing Prompt 50: Have you ever tried a new food that you were absolutely, positively sure you would hate it, only to find that you liked it? Write about the food and what you thought it was going to taste like.

→ Writing Prompt 51: You get to change places with someone for one week. Who would you like to change places with? How do you think your life would be different for that week?

→ Writing Prompt 52: If you had to give up pizza, hotdogs, hamburger, or candy for one year, which would you choose?

→ Writing Prompt 53: If you had the chance to perform in a talent show, what would you do? What is one of your talents?

→ Writing Prompt 54: What is the best compliment that you’ve ever received?