Daily Writing Prompts - August

August Writing Prompts

Below are daily writing prompts for the month of August. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our August 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.

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August - General
August is “National Inventors Month.”  Think of a new invention you would like to create and explain your creation.  Don’t forget to include how your invention will be used. Free PDF
August is National Eye Exam Month. We often take our eye sight for granted. Sit for one minute with your eyes closed - maybe in the classroom, outside, in the hallway, any location - and notice what it's like to not "see" anything. How was this similar or different to sitting in this same location with your eyes open? Free PDF
August 1
August 1, 1770, is the birthday of explorer William Clark, of the famed Lewis & Clark. Would you have wanted to be a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition team? Explain your reasons. Free PDF
On this day in 1779, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key was born. After witnessing an attack during the War of 1812, Key wrote a poem. This poem was later set to music and became known as, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Write your own poem honoring a specific moment or time in history. Free PDF
Today is “Sports Day.” Describe your favorite sport or a sport that you would like to learn how to play. Free PDF
Today is “Respect for Parents Day”. Explain what ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 2
On August 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. If you were able to create a Declaration of Independence for your classroom, describe, in detail, one of the rights you would give the members of the classroom. Free PDF
Today is “National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.” Share what your favorite dessert is and give three reasons why you like that particular dessert. Free PDF
Today is “National Coloring Book Day”. Do you enjoy coloring? Describe ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*
Today is “National Coloring Book Day”. As you may or may not know, hundreds of coloring books ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 3
On August 3, 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain. While learning about new things, students can create rhythms to help them remember specific facts. A rhythm often used with Columbus is the following: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Think about what we are currently learning about in class, or something that we have already learned. Do your best to create five (5) rhythms that would help you or another student have an easier time of learning that fact. Free PDF
Today is “National Chocolate Chip Day.” Explain how to make your favorite type of cookie. Free PDF
Today is “National Watermelon Day.” Watermelon is a popular summer food. Describe your favorite summer food and why you like this particular food. Free PDF
Today is “National Grab Some Nuts Day”. Many people, even some of your classmates, are allergic ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 4
On this day in 1790, the Coast Guard was established.  The Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military and is involved with search and rescue, assisting mariners, and playing a role in maritime law.  There are a number of branches in the U.S. military.  Why are the men and women of our military so important? Free PDF
On this date in 1901, musician Louis Armstrong was born. Armstrong was an amazing jazz trumpeter. If you could play any instrument, which would it be and why? If you already play an instrument, why did you select that instrument? Free PDF
August is “Family Fun Month”. Describe ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August is “Family Fun Month”. If you could ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 5
On August 5, 1930, astronaut Neil Armstrong was born. If you could travel to outer space, where would you like to travel to and why? Free PDF
Today is “National Underwear Day”. There are a number of children’s books ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 6
Today is Friendship Day. What makes a great friend? What characteristics does a friend have? What is a friend willing to do? Create a "want ad" that could go in a newspaper looking for a "Great Friend." Free PDF
Andy Warhol was born on this date in 1928. Warhol is known for being the leader of the Pop Art movement. Using resources in the classroom, learn about the Pop Art style and then create your own piece of art. Free PDF
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to travel and why? Free PDF
Today is “National Root Beer Float Day”. The root beer float originated in Cripple Creek, Colorado back in 1893. Back then it was known ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 7
Describe your favorite trip to the ocean. If you have not been to the ocean, explain why you would or would not like to go to the ocean. Free PDF
Today is “Purple Heart Day”. The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 8
On this date in 1899, a man by the name of Albert T. Marshall received the patent for an "automatic refrigerating apparatus," better known as the refrigerator. In at least one paragraph, explain why you think the refrigerator was such an important invention. Free PDF
Today is “National Happiness Happens Day”. How ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
Today is “National Dollar Day”. List all ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*
August 9
On August 9, 1944, Smokey the Bear was “born.” Smokey is responsible for sharing with people the danger of forest fires. Write a paragraph persuading campers to handle fire carefully. Free PDF
Today is “National Book Lovers Day”. What is ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 10
Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st President of the United States was born on August 10, 1874. Would you like to be President of the United States? Why or why not? Free PDF
Today is “National Lazy Day”. When you have time to be lazy, ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 10th is “National S’mores Day”. S’mores are a favorite treat, especially while camping or ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 11
On this day in 1999, the last total solar eclipse of the millennium crossed many populated areas throughout Europe, India, and Iran, making it the most observed eclipse in history. Using pictures and words, create a diagram explaining a solar eclipse. Free PDF
Today is “National Play in the Sand Day.” Describe what your ideal sandcastle would look like. Don't forget to include a sketch. Free PDF
Today is “National Sons and Daughters Day”. More than likely, your mom, dad, or someone else in your family, ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 12
On this day in 1981, IBM announced their new PC. How do you think computers have possibly helped our lives? How do you think computers have possibly harmed our lives? Free PDF
Today is National Aviation Day. The way we travel has dramatically changed over the years. Think about all the different ways we can fly: airplane, rocket, hot air balloon, etc. and then select one. In at least one paragraph, explain why this particular mode of flying is the best. Free PDF
On this day in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph machine. This was the first copy machine. Do you think there will be a day when we don’t use paper and everything will be done with computers? Free PDF
Tomorrow, August 13th, is “Left-Handers Day”. Right-handers, take a challenge ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 12th is “National Middle Child Day”. It is believed that birth order ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 6-12) *New*
August 13
Annie Oakley was born on this date in 1860. Would you liked to have lived back in the Wild West days of cowboys, cowgirls, and stagecoaches? Why or why not? Free PDF
Today is “Left-Handers Day”. Yesterday you took a challenge ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 14
Describe a time that you had to solve a problem with a friend or family member. What was the problem and how was it resolved? Free PDF
Today is “National Creamsicle Day”. This orange and vanilla treat has ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 15
On this day in 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. Describe how you think the men working on this railroad may have felt when they saw their goal achieved? Free PDF
Today is “National Relaxation Day.” Describe one way you like to have fun and relax. Free PDF
August is “National Golf Month”. Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone for ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 16
Today is “National Joke Day.” Think about some of your favorite jokes and then write one of your own. Free PDF
Today is “National Roller Coaster Day”. Design and ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 17
On this day in 1786, Frontiersman Davy Crockett was born. Before turning fifteen, Davy was on his own, helping drive cattle from Tennessee to Virginia. What do you think were some of the obstacles Davy encountered on his journeys? Free PDF
Today is “National Archaeology Day.” An archaeologist is someone who recovers and studies the remains of previous human life and culture. If you could be an archaeologist for a day, which culture would enjoy learning about? Free PDF
August 17th is “National I LOVE My Feet Day”. Using a blank piece of paper and a pencil, trace your bare foot. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 17th is “National I LOVE My Feet Day”. For today's prompt you have the choice of either writing ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 3-12) *New*
August 18
On this date in 1944, author Paula Danziger was born. Danziger is probably best known for her Amber Brown series. If you were going to create your own series of books, what type of characters would you have? What genre of series would you write? Write at least one paragraph explaining your thoughts. Free PDF
On this day in 1934, baseball great Roberto Clemente was born. Baseball is considered “America’s Pastime.” When you are outside of school, what is your favorite pastime and why? Free PDF
Today is “National Ice Cream Pie Day”. This tasty summer treat can take on many forms. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 3-12) *New*
August 19
On this day in 1946, Bill Clinton, our 42nd President, was born. What do you think would be the most challenging part of being President of the United States? Free PDF
Today is “National Aviation Day”. If you could travel ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
Today is “National Aviation Day”. Airplanes play a critical role in our daily lives. How do ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 20
On this day in 1741, Vitus Bering discovered Alaska. Alaska later became the 49th state. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd President, was born on this date in 1833. Using resources in your room, learn about Harrison . Locate five (5) facts about this former President and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
Today is “National Radio Day”. In today’s world, there are so many options of what you can listen to ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 6-12) *New*
August 21
On August 12, 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States. This means that the islands became property of the U.S. Hawaii actually didn’t become the 50th state until August, 21, 1959. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
On this day in 1981, IBM introduced the original IBM personal computer. Whether you use a Mac or a PC, what do you believe to be the biggest impact personal computers have had on our world? Free PDF
On this day in 1858, the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate was held. Working with a partner, chose a topic to debate. Decide which side of the topic each of you will debate, prepare your information, and debate the topic. Free PDF
Today is “National Senior Citizen’s Day”. Who is the oldest person ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*
Today is “National Senior Citizen’s Day”. The older members of our society have had amazing experiences. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 22
Today is “Be an Angel Day.” Describe a time that you were an angel to another person, or a time that someone was an angel to you. Free PDF
Today is “National Tooth Fairy Day”. The Tooth Fairy has been visiting kids after they lose a tooth for hundreds of years. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-4) *New*
Today is “National Tooth Fairy Day”. The Tooth Fairy ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 5-12) *New*
August 23
On this day in 1966, the first photograph of Earth from the moon was taken by the Lunar Orbiter. If you were seeing Earth from the moon for the first time, what would be your thoughts? Free PDF
Today is “National Ride with the Wind Day”. We can do so many things ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
Today is “National Ride with the Wind Day”. Scientist are working everyday to try and harness the power ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 6-12) *New*
August 24
On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart flew across the United States. What type of character traits do you feel Amelia needed to have to reach this goal of hers? Free PDF
August 24th is “National Waffle Day”. Waffles are combined with a number of other foods ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 25
Today is “National Banana Split Day.” Explain how to make a banana split. Free PDF
On this day in 1916, the National Park Service was established. Using resources in your room, learn about a National Park that is located in your state, or one that you have visited before. Locate five (5) facts about the park and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
Today is “National Secondhand Wardrobe Day”. Back to school often means getting some new clothes. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 3-12) *New*
August 26
On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment - Women’s Equality was signed. Why do you think it was important for women to be able to vote? Free PDF
Today is “National Dog Day”. Dogs are often referred to “man’s best friend”. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 26th is “National Cherry Popsicle Day”. Nothing says summer like ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-4) *New*
August 27
Mother Teresa was born on this day in 1910. Mother Teresa dedicated her life to helping others. List five (5) things you can do to help others today or this week. Free PDF
Today is “National Just Because Day”. Make a plan of something ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 28
On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream was for all people, no matter what their skin color, to be treated equal. What is your dream? Free PDF
Today is “National Cherry Turnover Day”. On ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*
Today is “National Cherry Turnover Day”. On average, there are 44 cherries in one pound. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*
August 29
On this day in 1934, the first Scout camp opened. Have you ever been to a camp? If so, describe your experience. If not, what camp would you like to attend? Free PDF
Today is “National Chop Suey Day”. Chop Suey is an American Chinese dish that is made up of meat, eggs, vegetables, and a sauce. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 30
On August 30, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States . This was a Category 4 hurricane. What types of natural disasters affect your area? And are you and your family prepared? Use resources in the classroom to learn more about natural disasters that may occur where you live and what you need to do in case one occurs. Free PDF
Today is “National Toasted Marshmallow Day.” Write a poem about this tasty treat. Free PDF
On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall took a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Using resources in the classroom, list five (5) jobs or responsibilities of the Supreme Court. Free PDF
Today is “National Trail Mix Day”. Trail mix is a very popular snack and is often referred to as gorp. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*
August 31
On this day in 1870, a famous educator by the name of Maria Montessori was born. What is something new you would like to learn about this school year? Free PDF
September will be “Better Breakfast Month”. Create a ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

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