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Spring Writing Prompts & Activities for First Grade

I love the start of a new season! It gives me the chance to freshen up routines and activities in my classroom. In my opinion, the transition into Springtime is one of the best in first grade (hence why I’m writing about spring writing prompts). The students have come so far, and it’s easy to see it by this time of the year!

The tough thing about Spring, however, is that everything starts to feel a little stale. I find it harder to engage my students in the same old activities week after week. They have been working on the same center rotation, in the same classroom, with the same kids for so many months.

We all know that when students aren’t feeling motivated, behavior problems start to arise, and work quality drops. The best way I have found to re-engage my students is through seasonal work, such as spring writing prompts!

Related Reading: How to Motivate Reluctant Writers

Why Seasonal Activities Work

At this point in the year, our students are almost second graders. There’s no time to waste, and maintaining the same amount of rigor in class work is important! We want our students to have the skills and stamina that they need for the next grade. Working seasonal activities into your classroom will help keep your students working hard for a few reasons:

1.) They can make better connections to the work. When the work students are doing in the classroom reflects the activities, weather, holidays, etc. outside of the classroom, it is easy to make connections! When students can make connections from classwork back to their own lives, it’s easier to motivate them!

2.) Motivation = resilience. When our students are motivated to finish an assignment, we see more focus and resilience against distractions around the room. We also see students digging deeper to finish work, even if it’s more difficult. Having more connections to an assignment, and finding the work more engaging will motivate students to finish.

3.) Resilience results in growth! When our students are focused, engaged, and pushing through distractions, we will ultimately see more growth. The more students practice any skill in our classrooms, they more they will grow.

Ideas for Spring Writing Activities

Writing is the perfect activity to turn into a seasonal center during any season! However you practice writing in your classroom, you can keep your routines and procedures exactly the same, but make everything feel brand new with a seasonal assignment.

One of my favorite seasonal writing activities are ‘Draw It! Write It! Read It!’ journals. They are the perfect spring writing prompts for first grade! Each page of the journal comes with a brief, directed drawing, as well as a title that prompts students to come up with a story.

Draw It! Write It! Read It! Journals

a first grade student writing about a rainy day in March | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Students use the steps of the directed drawing to sketch an illustration that matches the title of the paper. After drawing, they write a story to go along with their illustration!

My Spring Draw It! Write It! Read It! journal has 10 different writing prompts and directed drawings themed around springtime! My 1st graders love these writing prompts so much, we use them in my classroom all year long. I know yours will love them too, and your students will grow as writers!

Some of the writing prompts include topics like:

  • Butterflies
  • Flowers
  • Birds
  • Umbrellas and more
student practicing writing with spring-themed prompts | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Would You Rather Spring Writing

Everyone has an opinion! Using “would you rather” style writing prompts is a powerful way to get students thinking and writing!

opinion writing prompts with spring themes like jumping in puddles, butterflies, and ladybugs | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

These fun spring-themed “would you rather” prompts include topics like:

  • Would you rather jump in puddles or drink hot cocoa instead?
  • Would you rather have ants crawl all over you or sleep in a bed of spiders?
  • Would you rather remain a caterpillar or turn into a butterfly?
  • Would you rather have ladybug spots or tiger stripes? And much more!

Check out these opinion writing prompts for the spring season here.

Scrambled Sentences Activity for Spring

There’s something extra fun about scrambled sentences that gets first graders excited!

Scrambled sentence activities help kids use critical thinking skills AND writing skills, all at once.

This spring edition comes with 12 different scrambled sentences. Just print, laminate, and cut. Easy!

Check out the scrambled sentences for spring here.

Spring Journals

Journaling is a fantastic way to get students excited about writing. Everyone loves to reminisce on fun experiences and ideas, and the same goes for 1st-grade students.

These spring journals come in varieties with primary lines and plain lines. There’s even a prompt about asking kids what it would be like to be a bug! 🐛

Check out the spring journals here.

Recap of Spring Writing Prompts for First Grade

Using seasonal activities in your classroom can help your students stay engaged and focused, even as we get closer to the end of the school year!

Here’s a recap of some fun spring writing activities for first grade classrooms:

  • Draw It! Write It! Read It!
  • Would you rather opinion writing
  • Scrambled sentences
  • Spring journals

If you’re looking for easy-to-use spring writing prompts for first grade students, I’ve got you covered. You can grab the Spring Draw It! Write It! Read It! Journal HERE.

Oh, and if you’re interested in the whole year, you can grab the year-long bundle HERE.

layout of printable spring writing prompts for elementary students | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

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