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Creative writing ideas for third graders

May 28, 2018

What does this child need to learn next?

Although this story has a beginning, middle and end, it ends rather abruptly. This writer is a reluctant writer who just wanted his story to end. The writer should be encouraged to add more details to the middle of his story and make a longer, more drawn out ending. A popular reading comprehension strategy is to have students write alternate endings to books they have read.

Since he has already made it unrealistic with a shark in his dad's swimming pool, the teacher could challenge him to make several endings, each one more amazing and creative than the last. The class could then get involved by voting on which ending they like most. Here's an example of an assignment in which students are asked to write an alternate ending to Lemony Snicket (262K PDF).

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Cycle 1 : le cycle des apprentissages premiers qui concerne l’ensemble des classes de maternelle :

– [Maternelle] Toute petite section de maternelle (2-3 ans)
– [PS] Petite section de maternelle (3-4 ans)
– [MS] Moyenne section de maternelle (4-5 ans)
– [GS] Grande section de maternelle (5-6 ans)

Il est organisé autour de cinq domaines :

– Mobiliser le langage dans toutes ses dimensions
– Agir, s’exprimer, comprendre à travers l’activité physique
– Agir, s’exprimer, comprendre à travers les activités artistiques
– Construire les premiers outils pour structurer sa pensée
– Explorer le monde

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December Writing Prompts

December Writing Prompts and Creative Journal Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas and Journal Topics For:
Winter, Christmas, and December

December Creative Writing Prompts For Elementary School Teachers and Students blue bullet point Winter and December Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and journal ideas to use during the month of December?

blue bullet point Below, you will find a list of general December writing topics and a list of specific calendar dates for December which contain creative writing ideas related to that particular date in December.

blue bullet point I have created this list of Christmas and December 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.


blue bullet point You will find some Christmas and December writing prompts below that contain underlined links. If you click on an underlined link:


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General Christmas and December Writing Prompts:




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Specific December 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 December writing prompts and holidays.


Late November to Late December - Hanukkah

Hanukkah Writing Prompts and Lesson Plan Ideas blue bullet point Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days and nights. The first day of Hanukkah falls on a different day each year because the Jewish calendar is lunar based. This holiday usually occurs between the end of November and the end of December.

blue bullet point The Menorah, or candle holder, is an important part of the tradition of Hanukkah and it is why this holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, spinning the dreidel, and eating traditional foods such as latkes (potato pancakes).


December 1 - Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks December 1, 1955 blue bullet point On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus driver's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.

blue bullet point Rosa Park's quiet and courageous act of defiance became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement and the resistance to racial segregation. She has been nationally recognized as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement" in America.

Rosa Parks Lesson Plans and Project Templates

Above: Go to School Bus Book Report Projects








December 5 - Mozart's Birthday

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Birthday December 5 Lesson Plans and Writing Prompt blue bullet point Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on December 5, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. He began composing his own music at the age of five and toured Europe as a concert pianist at age six.




December 5 - Walt Disney's Birthday

Walt Disney's Birthday December 5 blue bullet point Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. Walt Disney is a famous American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, and theme park creator.

blue bullet point Walt Disney is best known as the creator of Mickey Mouse and the founder of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

blue bullet point In the late 1940s, Disney first drew sketches of his ideas for an amusement park where he envisioned his employees spending time with their children. His original idea expanded in concept and eventually became Disneyland, which first opened in 1955.


December 7 - Letter Writing Day

Letter Writing Day December 7 blue bullet point December 7 is Letter Writing Day. Letter writing is fast becoming an almost lost skill. Most letters that are written today are e-mails and now even shorter messages (called instant messages) have become a very popular form of communication.


December 10 - Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony December 10 blue bullet point The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place on December 10 in Oslo, Norway each year.

blue bullet point The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year on this day to people who have made the most valuable contributions to the good of humanity.

blue bullet point The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee presents the Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of the King of Norway on December 10 each year, which is the anniversary of Nobel's death.


December 21 or 22 - Winter Solstice/First Day of Winter

Winter Solstice December 21 First Day of Winter blue bullet point The winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere and on June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.

blue bullet point The winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and the longest night of the year. This is when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.


December 25 - Christmas

Christmas Writing Prompts and Lesson Plans blue bullet point Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on December 25 by people around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning "Christ's Mass."

blue bullet point This holiday is now celebrated by an increasing amount of non-Christians and Christmas symbols now include Santa Claus, reindeer, and stockings.


December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Writing Prompts and Lesson Plan Ideas blue bullet point Kwanzaa is a week long celebration which honors African-American heritage and culture. This holiday was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at the California State University and it is observed from December 26 to January 1.

blue bullet point The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning first fruits of the harvest. Kwanzaa features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and ends with a feast and gift giving.

blue bullet point There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, one for each of the 7 days of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.


End of December Writing Prompts


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Free Download #1:

December Calendar Set (Christmas Theme)

My free December calendar set is designed to fit inside monthly calendar pocket charts that many teachers use. The calendar pieces can also be displayed on a classroom bulletin board.

This December calendar set contains the following printable worksheets:

Christmas and December Printable Monthly Calendar

Above: The large December calendar title is a 2 page banner.

Christmas and December Printable Worksheets Calendar

Above: This printable calendar set for December includes large days of the week templates for the 7 days of the week.

Christmas and December Printable Calendar For School Teachers

Above: This free December calendar set includes smaller pieces for the 7 days of the week that will fit inside your calendar pocket chart.

There are 31 square calendar number dates in this teaching resources set.

There are squares for you to print and write your students' names and birthdays on.

There are 11 printable worksheets in this free teaching resources set.

Click the link below to download this free December calendar set.

Click Here ===> 12 Free Printable Classroom Calendars

Note: On the above page, you will find links to download all
12 of my FREE classroom calendar sets for January - December!


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Free Download #2:

December Calendar Set (Winter Tree Theme)

Below is a second December calendar set.
I have designed this calendar with a winter theme.

December Printable Monthly Calendar
December Printable Worksheets Calendar
December Printable Calendar For School Teachers

Click the link below to download this free December calendar set.

Click Here ===> 12 Free Printable Classroom Calendars

Note: On the above page, you will find links to download all
12 of my FREE classroom calendar sets for January - December!


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Below are some ideas and examples of teaching resources
that can be used for some of the Christmas and December
writing prompts that are found on this page:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - by Dr. Seuss


Lesson Plans For How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children's authors of all time and his Christmas story featuring The Grinch is a favorite of both kids and adults. His message that "Maybe Christmas," he thought "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." is timeless.

After you have read your students this story, they will enjoy completing a fun activity related to Dr. Seuss' book. I have created a flip booklet and I designed the templates for this unique project in the shape of the Grinch's head.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Bulletin Board Display Banner
How The Grinch Stole Christmas Dr. Seuss Student Project Templates

Your students will enjoy creating their own Grinch flip books using these fun and unique Grinch templates.

This set of resources includes first draft worksheets, Grinch flip book templates (shown above), a 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above), a crossword puzzle, rhyming word puzzle, and maze worksheet.

$4.50

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas


Christmas Carol Wreath Project


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
6 Wreath Templates
Group Project

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Lesson Plans
Wreath Creative Writing Templates For A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas Carol Wreath Projects

There are 6 wreath templates in this resource set: Jacob Marley's Visit, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet To Come, Scrooge Before, and Scrooge After

$4.50

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Christmas Carol Wreath Projects


Christmas Carol Scrooge Project


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge
Character Body Project

A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge Character Project
Ebenezer Scrooge Christmas Carol Project
Ebenezer Scrooge Character Body Book Report Project

For this group or individual project, students design a character body for Scrooge. Students choose colorful adjects that describe Scrooge and write a character description for him.

$2.99

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Christmas Carol Scrooge Projects




Snowman Writing Templates


Winter Snowman Projects and Creative Writing Templates
Snowman Shaped Creative Writing Templates for Winter Themes

Your students will discover that writing is "snow" much fun with these unique snowman templates. These creative writing templates will make a brilliant winter bulletin board display!

$3.50

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December Writing Prompts
Snowman Creative Writing Templates


A Gift From the Heart - 3D Box


Box Project - Gift From the Heart
3D Three Dimensional Fun Student Project

Your students will write about gifts from their hearts and create 3 dimensional gift boxes using these unique 3D projects. December is an ideal time to use this activity.

$2.99

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December Writing Prompts
A Gift From the Heart



Winter Wreath Templates


Winter Wreath Projects and Writing Templates
Winter Wreath Creative Writing Templates and Worksheets

Your students will enjoy writing winter stories inside these wreath templates. These unique oval shaped project templates will help you design an eye catching winter bulletin board display!

$2.50

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December Writing Prompts
Winter Wreath Templates


S.N.O.W. Globe Templates


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Winter Snow Acrostic Poem and Poetry Templates

This S.N.O.W. acrostic poem is designed inside a snow globe template. There are separate templates for girls (shown here) and boys. Your students will enjoy these fun winter poetry lesson plans.

$2.50

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December Writing Prompts
S.N.O.W. Globe Templates



Our Frosty Winter Stories


Our Frosty Winter Stories Bulletin Board Display Banner
Our Frosty Winter Stories Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

These snowman language arts worksheets are ideal for a wide range of creative writing topics and will make a colorful winter bulletin board display.

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December Writing Prompts
Our Frosty Winter Stories


Penguin Chill Out Stories


Winter Penguin Stories Bulletin Board Display Banner
Winter Penguin Stories Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

You can use these worksheets for a science unit about penguins, a reading response to a story with penguins in it, or as a winter writing assignment.

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December Writing Prompts
Penguin Chill Out Stories



Winter Tree Worksheets


Winter Tree Poems Bulletin Board Display Banner
Winter Tree Poems Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

These winter tree creative writing templates are ideal for a wide range of creative writing topics and will make a dynamic winter bulletin board display.

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December Writing Prompts
Winter Tree Worksheets


Winter Wonderland Worksheets


Winter Wonderland Creative Writing Bulletin Board Display Banner
Winter Wonderland Creative Writing Worksheets for Language Arts

These winter wonderland language arts worksheets are ideal for a wide range of creative writing topics and will make a colorful winter bulletin board display.

$0.99

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December Writing Prompts
Winter Wonderland Worksheets



Reading Sticker Charts - Winter Themes

Snowglobe Sticker Chart


Winter Snow Globe Reading Sticker Chart Template
Snow Globe Shaped Reading Incentive and Sticker Charts

This "Reading is SNOW Much Fun!" is a unique reading sticker chart set that contains a winter theme.

This set contains 2 snow globe templates: one for boys and another for girls (above). This set encourages students to read 16 books during the winter months of the school year.

$3.50

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December Writing Prompts
Reading Snowglobe Sticker Chart


Penguin Sticker Charts


Penguin Sticker Chart Templates
Penguin Shaped Reading Incentive and Sticker Charts

Encourage your students to "Chill Out With a Good Book" with these cute penguin reading sticker charts.

These penguin shaped reading sticker charts are a fun teaching resource to use to motivate your students to chill out and read during the winter months of the school year.

$2.99

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December Writing Prompts
Penguin Reading Sticker Charts



Sticker Charts - Christmas Themes

Stocking Sticker Chart


Christmas Sticker Chart Templates - Stocking Shape
Christmas Stocking Sticker Charts and Templates for Kids

This Stuff Your Stocking With Stickers incentive chart is ideal to use with your students before Christmas.

These uniquely shaped Christmas sticker charts can be used for a variety of different purposes during the month of December: homework, reading, math, spelling, or good citizenship.

$1.50

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December Writing Prompts
Christmas Stocking Sticker Chart


Christmas Tree Sticker Chart


Christmas Tree Sticker and Incentive Chart
Christmas Tree Sticker Charts and Templates for Kids

Encourage your students to work towards achieving a goal by using these colorful Christmas tree sticker charts.

There are 17 places for stickers on this colorful sticker chart template. These incentive charts will help you to motivate your students to Decorate Their Christmas Trees with stickers this winter.

$1.50

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December Writing Prompts
Christmas Tree Sticker Chart



Fun Powerpoint Presentations:

Wreath of Fortune Homophones


Christmas Santa Homophones Powerpoint Lesson Plan
Christmas Grammar Homophones Powerpoint Presentation

This Christmas Wreath of Fortune Game is named after Wheel of Fortune. Your students will love playing this fun powerpoint game while reviewing homophones!

$3.00

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December Writing Prompts
Wreath of Fortune Homophones


Wreath of Fortune Verbs


Christmas and Santa Verbs Powerpoint Lesson Plans
Christmas Grammar Verbs Powerpoint Lesson Plans

This Christmas Wreath of Fortune Game is named after Wheel of Fortune. Your students will love playing this fun powerpoint game while reviewing present and past tense verbs.

$3.00

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December Writing Prompts
Wreath of Fortune Verbs



Christmas 4 Parts of Speech


Christmas Parts of Speech Powerpoint Lesson Plan
Christmas Grammar Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs Powerpoint Presentation

Your students will love playing this Christmas Who Wants To Be A Millionaire game while reviewing these 4 parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

$3.00

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Christmas 4 Parts of Speech


Mr. and Mrs. Claus Go Shopping


Christmas Santa Math Powerpoint Lesson Plans
Christmas Math Word Problems Powerpoint Presentation

Students use addition and multiplication to solve these Christmas word problems. This activity involves money, so students are reviewing decimal points and place value as well.

$2.00

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Mr. and Mrs. Clause Go Shopping



Solve Santa's Puzzles


Christmas Powerpoint Presentation Math Lesson Plans
Christmas Math Addition and Subtraction Puzzle Powerpoint Lesson Plans

Students have to solve addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations, using a fun Christmas puzzle style format. There are 5 puzzles in this set of resources.

$1.50

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Solve Santa's Puzzles



Multiplication Incentive Charts and Classroom Displays

Multiplication Chart


Multiplication Bulletin Board Display Banner
Math Multiplication Ice Cream Sticker Charts and Templates

This unique multiplication chart grows in height as your students learn their multiplication facts.

As students learn a new times table, they place an ice cream scoop on top of their cones. When students have learned all of their times tables, they will have 10 (or 12) scoops on top of their cones.

$3.50

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Ice Cream Multiplication Sticker Charts


Multiplication Display Set


Multiplication Classroom Display Set
Multiplication Charts For Classroom

There are 12 multiplication displays in this resource set for the 1 - 12 times tables. The ice cream cones stack on each other to create tall vertical displays.

The cone displays come in a variety of different bright colors and they will create an eye catching math display in your classroom.

$4.50

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Multiplication Classroom Display Set



Word Problems - Key Words


Math Key Words For Word Problems Display
Word Problem Key Words Classroom Display Set Ice Cream Cones

This ice cream classroom display set highlights the key words used for solving addition (shown above), subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems.

These brightly colored ice cream bulletin board sets will make an eye catching word problem display in your classroom.

$3.50

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Key Words For Solving Word Problems




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Christmas and Winter Lesson Plans for Elementary School Teachers

Click on one of the bottle caps below to view the different categories of
Christmas and Winter Teaching Resources that are available on my website:


More December, January,
Christmas, and Winter Resources:

Click on the graphics below to view each resource.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book Cover and Project

Above: Grinch Flip Book Templates
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lesson by Dr. Seuss



A Christmas Carol Author Charles Dickens Fun Scrooge and Wreath Projects

Above: Ebenezer Scrooge Character Body and Wreath Projects
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens



Free Download For December Classroom Calendar Set

Above: Free December Classroom Calendar Display Set



Free Download For January Classroom Calendar Set

Above: Free January Classroom Calendar Display Set



December Writing Prompts

Above: Writing Prompts for December and Christmas



January Writing Prompts

Above: Writing Prompts for January and Winter



Christmas and Winter Lesson Plans, Ideas, and Activities

Click on one of the calendars
below to go to a specific page
of monthly writing prompts:

On these pages, you will find creative writing prompts
that pertain to each month's themes, holidays, and events.




Creative Writing Prompts and Journal Ideas For December

Thank you for visiting my December writing prompts page.

Please be sure to check out the other pages on Unique
Teaching Resources
for a large variety of fun lesson plan activities
that will engage your students in learning and save you valuable time.

Heidi McDonald

Creator and Website Manager
Unique Teaching Resources


Engage Your Students In Learning

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Christmas and Winter Teaching Resources for Elementary School Teachers
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