First Grade Writing Prompts & Story Starters for Journals

Are you looking for first grade writing prompts because you know that writing can improve grammar and spelling?

This collection of fun and easy journal writing prompts for 1st grade students can be also be used to improve their writing and reading skills.

Whether your’e working on coming up with 1st grade writing activities or looking for first grade narrative writing prompts, these ideas are sure to spark creativity!

“Would You Rather…” First Grade Writing Prompts

“Would you rather…” writing starters for first grade are designed to get kids using their critical thinking skills. Challenge your students to evaluate two different options and choose one. Prior to having kids journal, discuss the question first. As part of the discussion, challenge kids to think about both options and discuss why they might like both options.

Remind kids to start their journal entry with “I would rather have a _______”, and then challenge them to write at least two reasons why they picked that choice. Finally, remind them to end with a closing sentence similar to, “Now you know why I would rather have a ______.” This first grade writing activity teaches students the importance of having a beginning, middle, and end when they are writing.

  • Would you rather have a puppy or a kitten? Why?
  • Would you rather have a windy or a hot day? Why?
  • Would you rather have a cupcake or an ice cream cone? Why?
  • Would you rather take a walk or ride your bike? Why?
  • Would you rather swing or slide on the playground? Why?
  • Would you rather meet an alien or a mermaid? Why?
  • Would you rather go swimming or go to the park? Why?
  • Would you rather eat candy or eat vegetables? Why?
  • Would you rather drink milk or water? Why?
  • Would you rather have a unicorn or a dinosaur? Why?
  • Would you rather watch a movie or draw a picture? Why?
  • Would you rather see a rainbow or see a rain cloud? Why?
  • Would you rather go to a birthday party or play outside? Why?
  • Would you rather eat chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Why?
  • Would you rather have a pet crab or a pet fish? Why?
  • Would you rather play in the rain or play in the sunshine? Why?
  • Would you rather sing songs or put on a puppet show? Why?
  • Would you rather skip, run, or jump? Why?
  • Would you rather play a game or do a puzzle? Why?
  • Would you rather go to the zoo or go to the park? Why?

1st Grade Writing Worksheets (PDF)

20 Free First Grader Worksheets: “Would You Rather” Writing Prompts for First Graders

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