60+ 3rd Grade Journal Prompts

Do you have a journal or diary? We believe that everyone, no matter how old they are, should keep a journal. And to get you started here are over 60 3rd grade journal prompts to inspire your students. 

Journal writing isn’t some kind of chore or homework you have to do every day, otherwise, you’ll get in trouble. It’s a way of expressing your thoughts freely, privately and without any judgement from others. Keeping a journal should be encouraged from a young age, especially if you have kids in the second or third grade. At a young age, students are learning so much at school and at home. They are developing new interests, skills and developing their confidence. All stuff that should be remembered and noted down in a nice little journal or notebook.

Keeping a journal has so many benefits for kids, such as:

  • Allowing students to reflect on themselves and their experiences
  • Keeping a record of their greatest achievements
  • Expressing their feelings – Good or bad.
  • Regular practice to improve their writing skills

Over 60 3rd Grade Journal Prompts:

Let the writing begin! Here’s our exciting list of journal prompts for 3rd-grade students to think about:

  1. Write about something you recently learned.
  2. What is the best memory you have of your life so far?
  3. How about describing your worst memory?
  4. What are your fears? Describe them and you could even draw pictures.
  5. What do you really want? Maybe you could make a wish list of things you want in your life.
  6. Write about a nice dream you recently had?
  7. Are you facing any challenges or finding something difficult?
  8. Create a food journal – Think about what food you ate yesterday.
  9. What things do you dislike doing and why?
  10. Write about a book you read recently
  11. Jot down your favourite song lyrics. You can even illustrate it with doodles.
  12. Design and describe a character
  13. Write about something that you’re proud of? Did you win any competitions recently or get a high score in something?
  14. Who inspires you and why?
  15. Make a list of things you want to learn?
  16. Write a movie review of a recent movie you’ve seen.
  17. Create a wish list of things you wish you could buy.
  18. Make a list of all the chores you have to do around the house.
  19. Practice gratitude by writing down at least five things you are grateful for.
  20. Set yourself daily goals to achieve.
  21. Make a list of things that make you smile.
  22. Describe yourself in 10 words.
  23. What is your biggest mistake and what have you learned from it?
  24. Write down at least 10 things you like about yourself.
  25. Make a bucket list of all the places you want to visit.
  26. What’s your morning routine?
  27. Finish this sentence: If I could change one thing about myself, it would be…
  28. What do you think the world will be like in 10, 50 or even 100 years time?
  29. Write a secret letter to someone you really care about.
  30. Set a timer for around 20 minutes. Now write everything or anything that comes to mind.
  31. What have been your highs and lows of the day so far?
  32. Write about your dream job.
  33. Make a list of potential short story ideas. You can use our story idea generator to help you.
  34. Create a list of potential book or poem titles that you can use.  You might find this book title generator a useful tool to use. 
  35. Pick an inspirational quote and design a whole page around it in your journal.
  36. Write about an alternative universe where everyone you know is there, but they are somehow different.
  37. What has your inner voice been telling you lately?
  38. How do you deal with people that make you angry or upset?
  39. Finish this sentence: For lunch today, I…
  40. What is the nicest thing anyone has said to you?
  41. Write a poem about a chore you hate doing.
  42. Document the weather for a whole week.
  43. Create a sleeping diary to monitor your sleep patterns, along with some tips to help you.
  44. Write a poem about your best friend.
  45. Have you ever got into trouble – How did you feel?
  46. What things would you change in the world?
  47. Write about a recent disappointment you faced.
  48. Describe a fight you recently had with someone – How did you feel?
  49. Do you like school? Explain why.
  50. Write about a nightmare you recently had.
  51. Finish this sentence: 5 years from now I will…
  52. What character from a book or movie would you like to meet and why?
  53. Have you ever been angry? What did you do to calm down?
  54. If you had $1 million dollars, what would you spend it on?
  55. What is your favourite hobby?
  56. Keep a nature journal – You can track your favourite bugs or animals in the wild every day or week!
  57. When was the last time you helped someone? How did you feel afterwards?
  58. Write something special about each of your friends and family members.
  59. What is the biggest problem in the world today and how can you help to fix it?
  60. Think about your dream home – What would it look like?
  61. Make a list of all your favourite things, such as food, movies, books and so on…

Hope you’ve found these 3rd-grade journal prompts useful for your students.  Feel free to share your own journal prompt ideas in the comments below. Take a look at these bullet journal layouts for writers for more inspiration.

3rd Grade Journal Prompts

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