Fifth grade. The pinnacle of the elementary school journey. By now, fifth grade writers have learned and (hopefully) mastered foundational skills, had years of practice writing, and are digging deeper into their writing practice as they continue to grow. Here are 50 fifth grade writing prompts to help you challenge your students to imagine, explain, persuade, and reveal as they hone their writing skills.
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1. How important is it to finish what you start?
2. What does it mean to be honest? Give one solid example of what honesty looks like.
3. What three qualities do you think are most important in a friend? Why?
4. Since fifth grade is the top grade in elementary school, should fifth graders get special privileges? If so, write in detail about one privilege you think they should get. If not, why not?
5. Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere.” Describe one of your favorite places in nature in detail.
6. Are fifth graders old enough to babysit little kids? Why or why not?
7. Write about three qualities that make a good leader.
8. Should teachers assign homework? Why or why not?
9. Which is more important for success—skill or luck?
10. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
11. What does it mean to be a good citizen?
12. Five rules for staying organized in school…
13. Ten ways to show people you care about them…
14. Five ways to help your family at home…
15. Would you rather have lots of money or lots of friends? Explain your answer.
16. What’s your favorite story of all time? Retell the story in your own words.
17. Would you rather read fiction or nonfiction books? Why?
18. Write about someone who has encouraged you. What was the situation and how did they help you?
19. Imagine you wake up one morning and have the power to fly. Where would you go and what would you do?
20. What are you deathly afraid of?
21. What is one thing you are really good at? What kind of training did it take for you to become skilled?
22. If you were to devote time to a charity, what would it be? How would you help your chosen cause?
23. Why is it important to recycle?
24. Why is science important?
25. Why is math important?
26. Write about the most fascinating person in history you’ve learned about.
27. Write about a book series you love. Who is the author? What books are in the series? Who are the main characters? Describe what the series is about.
28. What keeps you going when you want to quit?
29.What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen?
30. If you had five wishes (and couldn’t wish for more wishes or money) what would you wish for?
31. There’s an old saying: Don’t judge a book by its cover. What does this mean? Give an example from your own life about a time you judged someone or something and later changed your opinion.
32. There’s an old saying: Many hands make light work. What does this mean? Give an example from your own life about a time that you found this to be true.
33. Write a letter to a fourth grader about how to succeed in fifth grade.
34. Next year you will be going to middle school. What three things are you most looking forward to? What three things are you worried about?
35. How can you make a new student feel welcome? List at least five ideas.
36. One day you see a big kid bullying a little kid on the playground. What do you do?
37. A person who cannot see wants to know what you look like. Describe yourself in detail.
38. If you were principal for a week, what three things you would do?
39. What is something that you’ve never done that you would like to try?
40. Describe your dream vacation.
41. Describe your dream job.
42. Write a story that includes these five words: serious, ostrich, humongous, camper, and however.
43. What really pushes your buttons? (In other words, what really gets you fired up?)
44. Have you ever gotten lost? Write about it in detail.
45. If you hosted an interview show on TV, who would you interview first and what would you ask them about?
46. Do you believe in the saying “There are no stupid questions”? Why or why not?
47. Write about your favorite place in the whole world.
48. Write about your favorite human in the world.
49. Many cultures celebrate special occasions with a feast. If you were the chef and asked to prepare a feast, what would you serve?
50. Do you think screen time should be limited for fifth graders? Why or why not?
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