Below are daily writing prompts for May 16th-31st. 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.
On this day in 1866, the first US nickel, called the “Shield Nickel” was minted. Over the past several years, a series of state quarters have been minted. Design a new coin for your state that highlights an important place, event or symbol. Be sure to include a description of your coin, along with a sketch. PDF
On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held. This is an annual event that honors film makers. Think back to some of the recent movies you have seen. In your opinion, which movie do you think should receive the Oscar? Be sure to explain why. PDF
On May 17, 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was held. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Kentucky Derby and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens , a volcano that had long been dormant, erupted. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about Mount St. Helens and summarize them in your own words. PDF
The third week in May is “National Police Week.” Take a minute to reflect on the value of our police men and women. Why is their help so valuable to the community? PDF
On May 19, 1884, the Ringling Brothers Circus premiered. What is your favorite act at the circus and why? PDF
On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off in the airplane called the “Spirit of St. Louis” and became the first to fly the Atlantic Ocean alone. In order to achieve this historic flight, Lindbergh had to be brave. What is the bravest thing you have ever done? Why do you consider this action to be considered brave? PDF
On this day in 1862 the Homestead Act was signed into law by President Lincoln. This act provided farmers to purchase land at a discounted price, hoping to encourage people to move West. Would you have taken part in the Homestead Act and moved your family West? Why or why not? PDF
On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. The Red Cross provides aide to people and communities in times of need. Describe a time when you helped someone. PDF
May 22nd is “Buy-a-Musical Instrument Day.” Do you play an instrument? How long have you been playing? Why did you decide to play this instrument? If you don’t play an instrument, what instrument would you like to learn how to play? PDF
On this day in 1803 the first public library in the United States opened its doors. Why do you think our public libraries and other public services are so important? PDF
Today is "Penny Day." Many people believe that if you find a penny face up, it might be lucky and you should pick it up. They also believe if you find a penny face down, you should leave it on the ground. What are your thoughts? Do you think there is such a thing as a "lucky penny?" PDF
On May 24, 1844, the first Morse Code message was sent from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about Morse Code and summarize them in your own words. If you have time, create your own “secret” code. Create a message and the code’s key that someone can use to solve your message. PDF
May is “National Bike Month.” If you could create a bicycle path through your neighborhood or town, where would the path lead? Include a description of the sites and sounds someone would see along your bike path. You may also want to include a map of your path. PDF
May 25, 1787 marked the beginning of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about Constitutional Convention and summarize them in your own words. PDF
Today is Memorial Day. Once known as “Decoration Day,” this holiday commemorates the men and women who have died serving in the U.S. Military. Using any form of poetry, write a poem honoring the brave men and women of the United States. PDF
May 26th is “Blueberry Cheesecake Day.” Create a new flavor of cheesecake. What are the unique ingredients in your cheesecake? Why did you select these ingredients? PDF
On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Golden Gate Bridge and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1888, Jim Thorpe was born. Thorpe was an amazing athlete playing both professional sports and participating in the Olympics. Thorpe's achievements were recognized on a postage stamp. Think of another famous American you know about and create a postage stamp for their achievements. PDF
On this day in 1917, the 35th President, John F. Kennedy was born. For many of his school years, Kennedy attended a private school for boys. Do you think that boys and girls should go to separate schools? Why or why not? PDF
On this day in 1848, the ice cream freezer was patented. Choose one of the following to write about:
“World No Tobacco Day” is celebrated on May 31st around the world. Persuade someone to stop smoking or to stop using chewing tobacco. Explain to them the dangers of tobacco products. PDF
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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!