Below are daily writing prompts for January 16th-31st. 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 several 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 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 16, 1932, Dian Fossey was born. Dian is well known for her work with the mountain gorillas in Africa. If you choose one endangered animal to research and become an expert on, which animal would you choose and why? (You may need to use resources in your classroom to learn which animals are endangered.) 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
On this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Benjamin Franklin and summarize them in your own words. 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 January 18, 1803, the first official exploration of unknown spaces was undertaken by the United States government. This exploration was conducted by Lewis and Clark. Would you liked to have joined these two on their adventure? Why or why not? 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 is “National Thank You Month.” Take a minute and create a list of everyone who you could send a Thank You Card/Letter. (This doesn’t have to be for a gift.) Select at least one of these people and write them a card or letter. PDF
January 19th is “Popcorn Day.” If you could invent your own flavor of popcorn, what would it be and why? PDF
Today is “Cheese Day.” Describe all the different ways you could eat cheese. PDF
Today is “National Hugging Day.” Make a list of the people you would like to hug. PDF
On this day in 1984, the Apple Macintosh was introduced. Since 1984 computers have evolved a great deal. What do you think computers may look like in the next 20 years? Be sure to include a sketch with your writing. PDF
Today is “National Measure Your Feet Day.” Have everyone in your class measure their feet, collect the measurements and then find the following landmarks in your data: mean, mode, median, maximum, and minimum. PDF
On this day in 1848, gold was discovered in California at Sutter's Mill by John Marshall. Would you have liked to have been an early miner? Why or why not? What do you think it was like for these men? PDF
On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics were held. What is your favorite event to watch during the Winter Olympics? Explain your answer. PDF
Today is “Australia Day.” It marks the date that Australia was first settled in 1788. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about Australia and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1832, author Lewis Carroll was born. His most famous piece of work was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Who is your favorite character in this book and why? PDF
Today is the birthday of Sesame Street character, Ernie's birthday. If you could create a television show for kids, what type of a show would it be? What is its name? What type of information would it contain? 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
Today is “National Puzzle Day.” What is your favorite type of puzzle to solve and why? PDF
On January 30, 1882, the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was born. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about Roosevelt and summarize them in your own words. PDF
Today is “Chinese New Year” and the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about Chinese New Year and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1919, baseball great Jackie Robinson was born. What do you think it takes to be a great athlete? Write about the characteristics and qualities it takes for someone to reach a level of greatness in a sport. PDF
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