Below are daily writing prompts for December 16th-31st. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our December 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.
Even though your students may not be in class all the days of December, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our December Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have a bunch of other December Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place. This was an historic event in colonial history. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Boston Tea Party and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight. Orville and Wilbur had to do a great deal of teamwork in order to be successful. Think of a time that you were involved in teamwork. Explain the situation and why you feel teamwork was needed to be successful. PDF
On December 18, 1886, baseball great Ty Cobb, was born. Baseball is considered to be “America’s Pastime.” How do you think this statement came to be? Why do think the game of baseball was selected? PDF
December 19th is “National Oatmeal Muffin Day.” Muffins are a great choice as a part of a healthy breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast can help you perform better in school. Persuade a classmate or sibling to eat a healthy breakfast everyday. PDF
December 20th is “Games Day.” Think about all the different games you play. Now think of your favorite two. How could you combine these two games to make one new game? What would you call this new game? What rules would the game have? How would someone win the game? PDF
Today, December 21st, is the first day of winter. What is your favorite winter activity that involves snow and why? If you don’t live in an area that receives snow, what snow activity would you most like to do and why? PDF
On this day, the first crossword puzzle was published in a newspaper. Using one of the subjects you are currently studying, write at least 10 clues for a crossword puzzle that you could create and give to a classmate. Using graph paper or the computer, you can then create your puzzle. PDF (Teachers - your students can utilize The Teacher's Corner's Crossword Puzzle page for this activity.)
On this day in 1882, the first Christmas lights were sold. Why do you think people enjoy decorating with Christmas lights? How do you think this tradition began? Does your family decorate with lights for Christmas or any other holiday? PDF
December 23rd is known as “Roots Day.” These “roots” refer to your family. Make a list of all your family members. With some help from an adult, create a family tree that shows the relationships between all of the family members. PDF
On this day in 1968, Apollo 8 reached the moon. Would you liked to have been one of the first astronauts to reach the moon? Why or why not? PDF
Today is Christmas. Gifts are often a focus of this day. Describe the best gift you have GIVEN someone else. Explain who that person was, what you gave them, why you gave them that specific gift, and what made that gift-giving experience special. PDF
December 25th is “National Pumpkin Pie Day.” Make a list of all the fruits and vegetables that are used to make different varieties of pies. Are there any fruits or vegetables that you think should be used for pies and currently are not? Which type of pie is your favorite and why? PDF
Kwanzaa, an African Harvest Festival, begins the last week of December. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the festival and summarize them in your own words. Do you know someone who celebrates Kwanzaa? PDF
December 26th is “National Whiners Day.” You or your classmates may sometimes whine about the food served at your school cafeteria. Do you like the food your school serves? Explain. If you don’t like the food, what would you change and why? PDF
December 27th is “Visit the Zoo Day.” When people visit zoos, they get the opportunity to see a variety of different animals. Do you believe that zoos are a good thing to have? Why or why not? PDF
On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the state of Iowa and summarize them in your own words. After you have learned about the state, would you like to visit Iowa? Why or why not? PDF
On this day in 1869, chewing gum was patented. Even though gum is for chewing, list as many other uses for gum as you can think of. PDF
On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the state of Texas and summarize them in your own words. After you have learned about the state, would you like to visit Texas? Why or why not? PDF
Tomorrow will be New Year's Eve. Begin thinking about your New Year's Resolutions or Goals. Record them on a paper and place them in a location where you will be able to see them often. PDF
December 31st is New Year’s Eve. It is the last day of the year. Think back to everything that happened over the course of this last year. Choose from the following to write about:
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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!