Daily Writing Prompts - January
January Writing Prompts
Below are daily writing prompts for the month of January. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our January Events Calendar. These events include birthdays, holidays, monthly celebrations, and important dates in history. Some of the dates include two different writing prompts to choose from. You can download a PDF form of the writing prompt. Be sure to check out the**NEW** additions for the 2012-2013 school year!
Even though your students may not be in class all the days of January, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our January Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have a number of other January Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
On January 1, 1752, Betsy Ross was born. As you may know, she sewed the first American flag. If you were asked to create a new flag for the United States, what would it look like? Explain why you made your design choices. PDF
On this day in 1975, a scientist discovered the winter home of at least twenty million monarch butterflies. After many years of research and butterfly tracking, it was discovered that they were migrating to the mountains of Mexico. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about the monarch butterfly and write them in your own words. PDF
Alaska became the forty-ninth state in 1959. Is Alaska a state that you would like to visit? Why or why not. If you have already visited Alaska, what did you like or not like about your visit? PDF
January 4th is Trivia Day. Using resources in the classroom, find some facts of your own to share with a classmate. Try to find facts that aren’t well known and that may even surprise someone. PDF
On this day in 1809, Louis Braille was born. After suffering an accident and an eye infection, Louis went blind at three. He later went on to invent Braille raised dot system that is still used today by blind people for reading and writing. How do you think your life would be different if you were blind? If you are blind, how do you think your life would be different if you could see? PDF
Today is National Bird Day. Keep track of all the birds you see today. Use the Internet or a bird identification book to identify them. PDF
In 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began. The bridge later opened on November 30, 1936. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about this engineering marvel and put them in your own words. Why is this such a special bridge? PDF
On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the forty-seventh state. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and put them in your own words. Try to learn why New Mexico is referred to as the “Land of Enchantment.” PDF
Today is Old Rock Day. List all the possible uses for a rock. PDF
January 9th is National Static Electricity Day. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the cause of static electricity and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On January 9, 1913, Richard Nixon was born. Before becoming our thirty-seventh President, he attempted to become the governor of California but lost the election. Using resources in your classroom, learn about what it takes to be a governor of a state. Are there any special requirements like the office of President? PDF
On this day in 1901, the first major oil strike was made near Beaumont, Texas. This discovery began the Texas petroleum industry. There are a number of new energy sources that have been developed over the past decades. What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages to using various forms of energy. PDF
Today is Secret Pal Day. Select someone in your classroom or school. Write that person a short letter explaining why you appreciate them. Remember…don’t sign your name. Have someone else deliver your special message. PDF
On January 12, 1773, the first public, American museum opened. The museum in Charleston, South Carolina offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the natural history and culture of the region. Why do you think museums are important to our society and societies around the world? PDF
On this day in 1910, the first radio broadcast was heard by a few people in New York city who had radio receivers. Later in 1915, Lee De Forest, the inventor of the vacuum tube, began to broadcast nightly opera concerts. Compare this early technology of listening to music to that which we have today. PDF
On this day in 1967, the first Super Bowl played. Green Bay defeated Kansas City by a score of 35 to 10. To make it to the Super Bowl, football teams must work together. What do you think is the most difficult part of working with other students, or in teams, at school? What are the advantages of working with others? PDF
On January 15, 1936, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, established the Ford Foundation. This organization supports a variety of causes, including artistic and educational programs. If you were able to create your charitable foundation, what type of foundation would it be and who would you help? PDF
Today is “National Do Nothing Day.” If you could invent your own day, what would it be called? What would you want people to do on your special day? PDF
At 4:31 A.M., on January 17, 1994, an earthquake measuring 6.6 hit southern California. The quake caused nearly $20 billion in damage. Using resources in your classroom, learn about what engineers are doing today to help design buildings that can better withstand earthquakes. PDF
On this day in 1779 Peter Mark Roget was born. Even though he did much work in mathematics and the motion picture industry, he is recognized most for publishing Roget's Thesaurus, the world's best-known thesaurus. Your teacher will provide you with 5-10 words. Using a Roget's Thesaurus, find at least one synonym for each of those words. PDF
January 19th is “Popcorn Day.” If you could invent your own flavor of popcorn, what would it be and why? PDF
On this day in 1915, the United States Coast Guard was founded. Use resources in your classroom to learn at least five (5) facts about the Coast Guard and their responsibilities. Be sure to write your facts in your own words. PDF
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