More than just talking, elementary students often pretend to be their favorite animals while playing at home or at recess. So the imagination required for some of these writing prompts won’t be much of a stretch for them!
Plus, learning odd and interesting facts about animals certainly won’t fall under the boring category of school work for any student.
5 Fun Writing Prompts for Elementary Students Who Love Animals
Writing Prompt #1 for Kindergarteners: Which animal, in your opinion, has the most fun and why?
Start this writing prompt by teaching a lesson where you review a selection of animals that your students might see at a zoo.
Taking three more unique animals, such as sloths, seahorses and peacocks, and talking about what makes those animals different from other animals and why they have “fun” will engage the students to think “outside the box.”
Have them choose a fun animal and turn your students loose on this writing prompt!
Writing Prompt #2 for 1st Grade: Finish this thought: “If I were an animal, I’d be a/an ____ because ___
Like the first writing prompt, this one lets the students’ imagination kick into gear and even pushes them to explain why their imagination led them to their chosen animal.
Remind students of the amazing variety of animals in the world to help them consider more than just the usual suspects—talk about marine life or animals found in the rainforest. Spark the students’ memory to think about all the animals they’ve heard about in their lives.
Also, providing a few examples of what the “why?” looks like will help your students understand that you want more than just “because they are cool” or “they are fast” for answers.
Writing Prompt #3 for 2nd Grade: Invent a new animal. What would the animal look like? What would the animal eat, where do they live and would this animal live in a pack or alone?
Second graders will love the creativity this writing prompt allows. What kid hasn’t dreamed up what a combination of a monkey and a tiger—insert any other multitude of combinations—might be like?
Give your students an example that helps them start thinking about all the possibilities available. Let the example show them how to consider where the animal should live based on its needs, what it should eat (vegetarian or meat eater?) and more.
Direct them to interesting facts about animals that will give them food for thought.
Then you can enjoy reading the results!
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Writing Prompt #4 for 3rd Grade: Pick an animal. What does the animal do during the day and what do you imagine it thinks about?
Help your students start their writing process by providing a sample. The sample demonstrates how to form the paragraph with a couple of sentences devoted to each item.
Once the students understand how to structure the writing, then they will focus on the creativity portion: what the animal thinks about during the day.
Writing Prompt #5 for 4th Grade: Research an animal and provide the following: habitat, food and three interesting facts about the animal.
This writing prompt allows you to give your students an opportunity to learn about the research process as well as writing.
This particular prompt takes a few steps to get to the final product, but each one provides an excellent teaching moment.
- Going to the library or searching online to find information on your animal.
- Reading and taking notes about the animal.
- Writing a draft.
- Putting together the final report that meets the requirements of the initial prompt.
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