Daily Writing Prompts - April

April Writing Prompts

Daily Writing Prompts Below are daily writing prompts for the month of April. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our April 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 worksheet of the writing prompt.

Even though your students may not be in class all the days of April, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.

Don't forget to also print a copy of our April Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.

More Lesson Plans! We also have many other April Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.

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Note: Variable date writing prompts (Easter) are found at the bottom of page 2.

April 1
Today is April Fool’s Day.  Write about the best April Fool’s Joke you have played, or write about a joke you would like to play on someone.  Remember to be safe! Free PDF

Today is “National One Cent Day.” Some people believe ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-2) *New*

Today is “National One Cent Day.” Make two ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-6) *New*

Today is “National One Cent Day.” Did you know some people believe pennies are worthless and actually throw them away ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: 6-12) *New*

April 2
On this day, author Hans Christian Andersen was born.  Andersen is known for his fairy tales.  Pick two of your favorite fairy tales and create a play for a new story that would combine elements of both stories. Free PDF

As part of a carnival in Los Angeles, the first permanent movie theater opened on this day in 1902. What is your all-time favorite movie and why? Free PDF

Today is “National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.” Many people LOVE ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.” The number of people allergic to peanuts has seemed to ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: 6-12) *New*

April 3
On this day in 1860, the Pony Express was established.  The purpose of the Pony Express was to provide the fastest mail delivery between S. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento California.  To be a rider, you had to be between the ages of 11 and 40, and weigh less than 125 pounds.  Would you have liked to have been a rider?  Why or why not? Free PDF

On the streets of New York City, the first call using a cell phone was made on April 3, 1973. The call was made by Martin Cooper, an inventor. There is great debate as whether or not cell phones should be allowed in school. Explain your personal opinion. You may even want to do a little research to include in your writing. Free PDF

Today is “National Find a Rainbow Day.” What do you ... - Premium Prompt(Grades K-2) *New*

Today is “National Find a Rainbow Day.” Do you have rainbows ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

April 4
On this day in 1818, the first U.S. flag was approved.  If you were asked to create a new flag for the United States, what would your flag look like?  Write a paragraph explaining the flag and be sure to include a drawing. Free PDF

Today is “National School Librarian Day.” School librarians devote a great deal of time to keeping your school library up and going ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

Today is “National Walk Around Things Day.” You’ve always been taught to ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-8) *New*

April 5
April 5th is “National Read a Road Map Day.”  How do you think the first maps were created?  Do you think it was easy or difficult for these first map makers?  What types of challenges do you think they encountered? Free PDF

On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. Washington later became a teacher, founded Tuskegee University and was the first African-American to be shown on a postage stamp. Who is another African-American that you would honor with a postage stamp? Explain why and create a drawing of the stamp. Free PDF

Today is “National Deep Dish Pizza Day.” Do you ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-2) *New*

Today is “National Deep Dish Pizza Day.” People can be very picky when it comes ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

April 6
On April 6, 1898, the North Pole was discovered.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the North Pole and summarize them in your own words.   Free PDF

Today is “National Caramel Popcorn Day.” What ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-3) *New*

Today is “National Caramel Popcorn Day.” Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Student-Athlete Day.” There is a great deal of controversy around how ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 6-12) *New*

April 7
April 7th is “No Housework Day.”  In a paragraph, explain what activity or activities you would enjoy doing in place of housework.   Free PDF

Today is “National Coffee Cake Day.” This food is often eaten at breakfast ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-5) *New*

Today is “National Coffee Cake Day.” Even though this cake contains ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 6-12) *New*

April 8
The first week of April is known as "Astronomy Week." If you could travel to any of the planets, which one would you like to visit and why? Free PDF

Today is “National Zoo Lovers Day.” Have you ever ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-3) *New*

Today is “National Zoo Lovers Day.” Some people believe that zoos ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 4-12) *New*

April 9
On this day in 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant.  Shortly after this event, the Civil War came to an end.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Civil War and summarize them in your own words.  Free PDF

Today is “National Name Yourself Day.” ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

April 10
April 10th is “National Sibling Day.”  If you have a sibling, explain what activities you enjoy doing with them.  If you don’t have a sibling, would you like one?  Why or why not?  Free PDF

Today is “National Farm Animal Day.” Have you ever ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-3) *New*

Today is “National Farm Animal Day.” Create a short story that includes ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 4-12) *New*

April 11
On this day in 1968, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.  This act protected the rights of people, including African-Americans and women.  Why do you think it’s important for all people to be treated equally?   Free PDF

Today is “National Pet Day.” If you could... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

Today is “National Submarine Day.” Imagine having the chance to ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Teach Children to Save Day.” What is something you would ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-3) *New*

Today is “National Teach Children to Save Day.” Have you had to save money ... - Premium Prompt Premium PDF (Grades: 4-12) *New*

April 12
On April 12, 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia was first launched.  Is traveling into space something that interests you?  Explain why or why not, as well as what type of space travel interests you. Free PDF

On April 12, 1861, the U.S. Civil War began. The war lasted four years and claimed 640,000 lives. Looking at the photo above, what do you think this soldier may have been doing? Free PDF

Today is “National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.” Did you know that cooked bread and cheese is ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Licorice Day.” Red or black? ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

April 13
On this day in 1743, our third President, Thomas Jefferson, was born.  As a young child, Jefferson was an enthusiastic student.  He would often spend up to 15 hours a day studying!  How would you compare yourself to Jefferson as a student? Free PDF

Today is “National Scrabble Day.” This is a game that involves making words ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-5) *New*

Today is “National Scrabble Day.” Do you think Scrabble would ... - Premium Prompt(Grades: 6-12) *New*

Today is “National Peach Cobbler Day.” Early settlers may have given ...... - Premium Prompt(Grades: 6-12) *New*

April 14
On April 14, 1828, the Webster’s Dictionary was first published.  Each year, a number of new words are added to the dictionary. One of the new words added in 2008 was “webinar.”  What do you think one of the new words added this year may be and why? Free PDF

On this day in 1912, a young man by the name of David Sarnoff, a telegraph operator in New York City, transmitted the first news of the Titanic hitting an iceberg. For it’s time the Titanic was an impressive sailing vessel. If you could sail around the world, what would be some of the places you would want to visit? Free PDF

Today is “National Reach as High as You Can Day.” You may have heard the following quote by Les Brown... - Premium Prompt(Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Dolphin Day.” If you could be a dolphin... - Premium Prompt(Grades: K-6) *New*

April 15
On April 15, 1452, artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci was born.  He created plans for a number of flying machines, including a four-man helicopter.  Design your own type of flying machine.  Be sure to explain how your machine works and include a sketch. Free PDF

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries sustained the night before while attending a performance at the Ford Theater. How do you think U.S. history may have been different if Lincoln had not been shot?  Free PDF

Today is “National Take a Wild Guess Day.” Try to find a fun, crazy, unusual fact on the Internet or ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

Today is “National Rubber Eraser Day.” Which type of eraser do ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-2) *New*

Today is “National Rubber Eraser Day.” They say the bigger ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

DISCLAIMER: We have provided “suggested” grade levels for some of our writing daily prompts. These suggestions are made based on the content of the prompt, the interest level of the topic, or the level of background knowledge needed to have the most success possible with the prompt. Please remember that these are suggestions only and each prompt can be modified as needed by you, the teacher. Don’t hesitate to get creative and rework the prompt to best fit the age/needs of your students!

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