Creative Writing Ideas and Journal Topics
For St. Patrick's Day and March
March and St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and
journal ideas to use during the month of March?
Below, you will find a list of general March writing topics and a list of
specific calendar dates for March which contain creative writing ideas related to
that particular date in March.
I have created this list of St. Patrick's Day and March 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 St. Patrick's Day and March 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 March writing prompts.
You will be directed to another website that contains useful information
related to those particular March writing prompts.
General St. Patrick's Day and
March Writing Prompts:
Do you have a special item (coin, favorite piece of clothing, keepsake, etc)
that you consider to be a good luck charm??
Do you have a favorite number that you feel is lucky for you?
It is St. Patrick's Day and a Leprechaun visits your school. He is carrying a large sack filled with magical items. He opens the bag and gives you a magical item. What is it and what can it do? Tell what happens when you use it.
Write a poem about a time that you were very lucky.
The legend of St. Patrick includes the story that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Have your students
research this legend and write a poem about it using the simile snake templates shown below.
Below are some websites that contain information about St. Patrick and how he banished snakes from Ireland:
Many vegetables are green. List as many green vegetables as you can think of and how often you eat these vegetables.
Name 5 things that are green and where you see them.
For a fun green project that will require a lot of green crayons, green coloring pencils, and
green glitter this March,
read your students "The Enormous Crocodile" by Roald Dahl. Then, assign your students a fun
crocodile group project that they can complete together.
For an extra large eye catching green bulletin board display in your classroom this March,
read your students "ESIO TROT" by Roald Dahl. Your students will think that
these turtle shaped group projects are a fun green activity to complete together.
National Women's History Month in March highlights the
extraordinary achievements of women throughout our history.
It also recognizing the significant obstacles that women have had to
overcome along their road to success.
Women's History Month traces its beginnings
to the first International Women's Day in 1911. The public celebration
of women's history in the United States began in 1978 as
Women's History Week in Sonoma County, California.
In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Representative Barbara Mikulski
of Maryland co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming
a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the
celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month.
March 2 - Read Across America Day
March 2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2 and it is an annual
reading motivation and awareness program that celebrates the importance of reading.
This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of a famous children's
author, Dr. Seuss. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2,
1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved
children's book authors of all time.
Write a letter to a younger student about why it is important to learn how to read.
The inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He is best known for his development of the telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell's mother and wife were deaf,
and this influenced his life's work. His research on hearing and
speech led him to experiment with hearing devices. Alexander Graham Bell was awarded
the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876.
Describe three ways that life would be different if telephones had never been invented.
Write a letter to Alexander Graham Bell and describe the features of today's cell phones.
What do you think our telephones will be like in 20 years?
Design a phone of the future and describe the features of the phone that you designed.
What do you think is the most important invention of all time? Why?
Draw and design a new invention. Write a description about your new invention and why it will be so useful to people today.
This is a great time to assign your students a book report project that uses unique
cell phone templates. Click on the following link to view a fun phone project that is available on Unique Teaching Resources:
Glue the front and back phone templates together
to create a unique 2 sided book report project.
March 11 - Johnny Appleseed Day
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774 in
Massachusetts. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on March 11.
Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer and is best known for roaming the
countryside planting apple seeds from which many apple orchards are said to have begun.
John Chapman was raised on a small farm on Massachusetts. His favorite place was his father's apple
orchard because he loved apples and this inspired him to introduce and plant
apple seeds through the frontiers of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Johnny Appleseed Day is sometimes celebrated on September 26, which is acknowledged as his birthdate.
The March 11 date is usually preferred because it is during planting season. The March 11 date is
believed to have been selected because Johnny Appleseed died on March 11, 1845 according to many
accounts. Wikipedia's Johnny Appleseed page lists March 18, 1845 as
the date of his death.
As your students are writing their prompts, bring in an apple for each student to eat.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away." What do you think this popular saying means?
If you could choose the seeds from one fruit or vegetable to carry around and plant, which one would you choose? Give reasons for your choice and where you would plant these seeds.
I have designed apple shaped creative writing templates (shown below) that would be great to use for
a writing assignment about Johnny Appleseed. Click here to go to Heidi's apple writing templates page.
Johnny Appleseed Day is a perfect day to begin using reading incentive charts with your
students. My good apple sticker charts (shown below)
will help you to motivate your students to read 17 books in the time period that you select.
Girl Scout Day is celebrated on March 12.
The Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in
The Girl Scouts aim to empower girls and develop qualities in them that will
serve them all their lives. The goal of this youth organization for girls is
to teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character,
sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through activities that include camping
and community service.
The Girl Scouts organization welcomed girls with
disabilities early in its history, at a time when they were
not included in many other activities. There are now more than
3 million members of the Girl Scouts.
Write a story about a hiking or camping adventure.
Clubs and organizations are a great way to learn important skills.
What types of clubs and/or organizations do you belong to? What are some of the skills that you have learned in this club?
If you don't belong to a club, which club would you like to join?
The Girls Scouts are well known for selling cookies as one of their fundraising activities: "Every Cookie Has a Mission: To Help Girls Do Great Things."
Go to Meet the Girl Scout Cookies to find out more about this program.
The scientist Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Germany.
At an early age, Einstein showed a great interest in math and science.
He built models and mechanical devices for fun and began to show a talent for mathematics.
Einstein is widely regarded as one of the most influential and
best known scientists and intellectuals of all time.
He is often regarded as the father of modern physics.
Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.
How and why is math important to everyday life and jobs?
Write these quotes by Einstein on your board and have students select one to write about:
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
What are the major differences between a scientist and an inventor?
Design a character body biography project about Albert Einstein that highlights his achievements
as a scientist. For ideas and lesson plans
for a fun biography project, please see this page on my website: Character Body Book Report Projects.
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.
Are you looking for a unique way for your students to create
family tree projects this March? Your students will be branching out to learn
about the members of their family as they design their own family trees.
This set of The Giving Tree lesson plans will help your
students complete a creative writing activity based on Shel Silverstein's book. This set includes
an idea web, first draft, final draft, leaf templates, and a grading rubric.
One of my students' favorite projects of the year is this large group project for The Enormous Crocodile.
Students write about the 4 clever tricks that the
crocodile plans in order to eat the children in town.
For this cooperative group project, students work together to
describe the two main characters, the problem, and the solution of the story.
There is an area on the tortoise templates for students to draw a picture of Alfie.
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