Below are daily writing prompts for the month of May. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our May 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 May, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our May Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have many other May Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
Today is “Mother Goose Day.” Select two of your favorite Mother Goose Rhymes and combine them into one, new nursery rhyme that could possibly take place today. PDF
The first week of May is “Teacher Appreciation Week.” Take a minute and think about all of the teachers you have had in school. Write a paragraph describing the qualities of a “great” teacher. PDF
The first week in May marks “National Postcard Week.” Think about a subject or topic you are currently learning about in your classroom. Draw and color a picture that represents this subject on one side of a blank index card. On the other side, write a paragraph explaining the topic and why you selected it. PDF
May 3rd is “Space Day.” We see the moon almost everyday. Do you think we will ever live on the moon? If we do inhabit the moon, what type of housing do you think we may construct? After writing your thoughts, you may want to draw an illustration. PDF
May 3rd is “National Teacher’s Day.” Plan and write a letter, or poem, to a teacher who has made a difference in your life. PDF
May 4th is “National Weather Observer’s Day.” Different types of weather occur around the world. What is your favorite type of weather? Be sure to explain why you like this particular type of weather. PDF
May 5th is “Cinco de Mayo.” This day marks the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about this event, Mexico and/or the Mexican culture. Summarize your findings in your own words. PDF
The Freedom 7 space capsule took the first American, Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., to space on this day in 1961. If you had been the first American in space, how do you think you would have felt before, during and after your flight? PDF
The second week of May is “National Pet Week.” Dogs are America’s most popular pet. Why do you think so many people in America own dogs? If you have a dog, what do you enjoy most about them? If you don’t have a dog, would you like to own one? Why or why not? PDF
On this day the first stamp collection was started. Do you collect anything? If so, what do you collect and why did you decide to collect this item? If not, is there an item you might like to collect? Or why do you think people collect things? PDF
Socks come in many colors and designs. May 8th is “No Socks Day.” If you could design a pair of socks that would best describe you, what would those socks look like? What type of colors would you use? What designs or patterns would be on them? Would you include drawings? Be sure to include all the details as well as a drawing. PDF
On this day in 1754, the first newspaper cartoon was printed. If your school had a newspaper and you were asked to write and draw a cartoon, what type of cartoon would you create? After explaining what you would make and why, you can draw the actual cartoon. PDF
On this day in 1754, the first American newspaper cartoon was published. Plan, write and illustrate your own cartoon. You may want to write about: a current event, your friends, your family, a subject at school, etc. PDF
May 10th is “National Clean Your Room Day.” We have all let our room get a little too messy. Write about something that you found during one of your room cleanings. It can be something gross, something you thought you would never find again, or even something that you forgot you owned! Describe the item and how it became lost in your room. PDF
May 11th is “School Nurse Day.” Your school nurse or health assistant sees all kinds of cuts, bruises and other injuries. Describe the worst injury that you have experienced at school. PDF
May 12th is “Limerick Day.” After your teacher shares with you the guidelines for writing a limerick, as well as several limerick examples, you will write your own limerick. After writing your poem, you may want to draw an illustration. PDF
May 13th is Mother’s Day. Use one of the sentence starters below:
The last full week before Memorial Day is "National Backyard Games Week" so start planning! Create an afternoon or night of fun for your family! Plan several games that you could all enjoy. You may even want to draw a map of your backyard and decide where each game will be played. Don't forget, you could even invite the neighbors. PDF
On this day in 1804, the Lewis & Clark began. Their journey had them exploring unknown land in the West. Would you liked to have been a member of their expedition party? Why or why not? PDF
May 15th is “National Chocolate Chip Day.” Think about all the ways that chocolate chips can be used. Create a new dessert that includes chocolate chips as an ingredient. Explain how to make your new and yummy treat! PDF
Return to the Writing Prompts index.