Creative Writing Ideas and
Journal Topics for Spring and April
April and Spring Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and
journal ideas to use during the month of April?
Below, you will find a list of general April writing topics and a list of
specific calendar dates for April which contain creative writing ideas related to
that particular date in April.
I have created this list of Spring and April writing prompts and ideas for
elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative
writing ideas and topics would also be appropriate for other grade levels.
You will find some Spring and April writing prompts below that contain underlined
links. If you click on an underlined link:
You will be directed to another page on Unique Teaching Resources that contains detailed
lesson plan ideas and printable worksheets for those April writing prompts.
You will be directed to another website that contains useful information
related to those particular April writing prompts.
Write a spring story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write each part of your story in one of
the butterfly's wings. Draw a picture in one of the wings.
This unique creative writing project measures 14 x 14 inches when it has been assembled together.
Click on the link below to view the page where these unique butterfly story writing templates can be found:
Butterfly Writing Templates
Describe the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly using the beginning, middle, and end sections
of these butterfly shaped creative writing templates.
Are you looking for fun reading projects that will help you to design a colorful spring
bulletin board display in your classroom? Try one of these unique book report projects
that are ideal for spring:
Are you looking for unique spring themed sticker charts that will help
you to motivate and encourage your students to reach a goal that you set for them this April? Try one of these unique sticker chart templates that are ideal for spring:
Reading Rainbow Sticker Charts:
This rainbow sticker chart template has 25 sticker boxes to use for encouraging your students to read books independently.
Spring Flower Sticker Charts:
There are 12 different flower templates in this set (only one is shown on the right). You can design a colorful garden themed spring bulletin board display filled with flower sticker charts in a variety of shapes and colors!
Specific April Writing Prompts:
Celebrations, Events, Holidays, and Dates in History:
Scroll through this page, or click on the links below, to read
about each of these April writing prompts and holidays.
The first National Poetry Month was held in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.
This month was created to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of
reading poetry, to celebrate and highlight poetry in education, and to make
poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.
Canada also celebrates National Poetry Month in April and Great Britain
celebrates it in October.
"National Poetry Month offers us a welcome opportunity to
celebrate not only the unsurpassed body of literature produced by our
poets in the past, but also the vitality and diversity of voices
reflected in the works of today's American poetry...
Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new
generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best."
~President Bill Clinton - April 1, 1996
Bates originally wrote the words to America the Beautiful as a poem, so this will tie in well with National Poetry Month, which is also in April.
Why do you think it is important to have National Parks? Have you ever visited a National Park?
Write about a National Park that you have visited or a famous National Park that you would like to visit.
On the National Park Service website, students can find information about state by state national parks and there are also resources for teachers.
April 1 - April Fools' Day
April Fools' Day is observed on April 1 and is sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day.
On this day, people play harmless pranks on others or try to get them to believe ridiculous things.
Write about the best April Fools' Day joke that you have played on someone, or write about a joke you would like to play on someone.
Remember that your joke must be safe and not hurt anyone's feelings.
Many of these jokes were advertising methods used by companies to get people's attention.
Have your students design an advertising April Fools' Day joke for a well known company such as McDonalds, Coke, or Nike.
April 2 - International Children's Book Day
April 2 (1805) - Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday
International Children's Book Day is celebrated on (or near) April 2,
which is Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. He was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805.
Hans Christian Andersen is famous around the world for his fairy tales.
In his lifetime, he wrote more than 150 fairy tales, which have been translated into over 100 languages.
One of the highest prizes in children's literature is the
Hans Christian Andersen Award. This international award is
presented to one author and one illustrator every two years by the Queen of Denmark.
What is your favorite fairy tale? Explain why.
Write a fairy tale set in modern day times.
On my creative writing templates page, you
will find some uniquely shaped writing projects. Some of my favorite templates to use
for writing stories with my own students include:
The Pony Express began on April 3, 1860 and it only lasted for about 18 months, until August 1861.
This fast mail service delivered mail and news that was
carried by horseback riders across the prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains of the
western United States.
During its 18 months of operation, The Pony Express reduced
the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about ten days.
Describe how the delivery of mail has changed since 1860 to the present.
An advertisement for riders to join the Pony Express could have read as:
"Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders.
Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." Design a poster advertising the Pony Express.
The youngest Pony Express rider was 11 years old. Pretend that you are this 11 year old and write a letter to your family back at home describing your new job.
April 12 - D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read)
April 12 (1916) - Beverly Cleary's Birthday
Drop Everything And Read
Day is a special reading celebration day that was designed to encourage
families to make reading together each day a family priority and habit.
On April 12, families are encouraged to read and enjoy books together for at least 30 minutes.
April 12 is also the birthday of the children's author Beverly Cleary.
Beverly Cleary received many letters from students who enjoyed D.E.A.R. time at their school.
After reading these children's letters about Drop Everything And Read time, Beverly Cleary decided to
have her character Ramona Quimby enjoy D.E.A.R. time in her book Ramona Quimby, Age 8.
D.E.A.R. time is when kids can read and enjoy the books they want, just for the pleasure of
reading and with no questions asked! If you do not have this time set aside at your school, consider
having it with your own students.
Start reading a book by Beverly Cleary to your students today and have them respond to the first section of the book that you read to them.
What book do you plan to read tonight with someone in your family?
Which book is "dear" and special to you? Why?
There is a special website devoted to Drop Everything And Read
that explains D.E.A.R. Day, contains D.E.A.R. book lists, and resources for teachers.
The Columbia Space Shuttle was the first space shuttle. It was launched on April 12, 1981 and it
returned on April 14 after orbiting the Earth 36 times.
You have just won the National Science Fair competition and
the prize is to join the next group of astronauts on their space mission. How will your science experiment or invention help the
astronauts on their next mission?
NASA has selected you for the next space mission that will last over 6 months.
You are allowed to bring 2 personal items with you. Which two items would you choose and why?
You have been selected as the pilot for the next NASA space flight and you get to choose your
destination. What planet or other space destination would you choose to visit and why?
April 12 is a great date to begin a fun reading project that has a space theme with your students.
The video below shows examples of the Rocket Book Report Projects
that are found on Unique Teaching Resources.
Click on the link below to read more information
about these fun rocket report projects:
April 21 is Kindergarten Day. Friedrich Froebel founded the first kindergarten in Germany in 1837.
He created this social experience for children as a transitional stage from home to school.
The word kindergarten is a German word that means "children's garden."
Friedrich Froebel believed that young children should be nourished in
"children's gardens" just like plants are nourished and grow in a garden.
Write about a memory that you have from kindergarten or about your kindergarten teacher.
Pretend that you are visiting a kindergarten today as a guest reader.
What book will you choose to bring with you to read to the kindergarten students? Explain why you selected this book.
Design a venn diagram that compares the grade that you are currently in with kindergarten.
The word arbor comes from the Latin word meaning tree. Arbor Day
is a holiday in which people are encouraged to plant and care for trees in their community.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska.
On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.
Morton's simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more
important than ever.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as
National Arbor Day in the United States. All 50 states celebrate Arbor Day,
although the dates may vary from state to state depending on their local climates.
Write an acrostic poem with the word A.R.B.O.R. to express the importance of planting new trees.
If you have 25 students in your classroom, you can create a
caterpillar display that is over 15 feet long with
these unique poetry lesson plans. Each student writes a poem
in one of the caterpillar templates.
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