Writing Resources K - 6
An Internet Hotlist on Writing Resources for Grades K - 6
created by Maria Leon
Public School One
| Pictures to Use for Ideas
| Writing Prompts
| The Writing Process
| Mechanics & Online Interactive Activities
| Test Prep
In addition to using books and magazines to find out about improving writing skills, why not also use the power of the Internet? The links below will get you started.
The Internet Resources
Pictures to Use for Ideas
- Art Safari - Click on a picture of a great work of art and follow the prompts to create your own story about the picture
- National Geographic - Rich photo galleries and picture of the day.
- National Geographic Kids - Funny animal pictures. Requires Flash 5.
- Pics 4 Learning - Images that may be used for prompts.
- Storybird - Storybird reverses visual storytelling by starting with the image and 'unlocking' the story inside. Explore artists, get inspired, and write.
- The Library of Congress - Images of our culture for writing prompts
- 501 Writing Prompts - Get persuasive, expository, narrative and literary response prompts
- ABC Teach - Thematic and seasonal writing prompts. There are activities with suggested grade use. Some material requires a paid membership.
- Boggles World ESL - Creative writing prompts
- Can Teach - Writing prompts and journal topics
- Creative Writing Prompts - Use the creative writing prompts and creative writing ideas to create stories, poems and other creative pieces from your imagination.
- Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas, Lists, and Teaching Resources - A comprehensive thematic list of creative writing ideas and journal prompts for your students
- Creativity Portal - Seasonal themes and photo inspirations to spark creative writing. It provides questions to consider in writing and an extensive word list. Check out the Imagination Prompt Generator for random writing prompts or story starters for your journal.
- Ed Helper - Tons of reading and writing activities. Make sure to check out the writing theme unit for daily writing prompts. Some material requires a paid membership.
- Education Northwest - 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment with writing prompts
- Education Northwest Organization - Writing prompt ideas
- Education World - This site includes daily writing prompts, the writing process, and writing lessons for grades 1-8. There is also a link to meet authors and many resources not just limited to language arts.
- Enchanted Learning - A variety of topics to research, draw and explore. Do a search for essay topics or graphic organizers.
- Internet4Classrooms Writing Prompts - Links to write about different topics
- Journal Buddies: Holiday - Holiday writing prompts
- Kim's Korner for Teacher Talk - Six Trait Analytic Writing Model: Lesson ideas for the traits, prompts and other resources
- Magic Pen Story Starters - This page contains a number of story starters which can be used as a stimulus for creative writing.
- Story Starters (Education World) - A teacher resource for speculative prompt ideas
- Super Teacher Worksheets - Free creative writing prompts, grammar, reading comprehension, math worksheets and more
- TUSD Stats: Achievement and Accountability - A collection of monthly writing prompts by grade level
- Teach-nology - Writing resources, lessons, and more. Some available for free and some for a required fee.
- The Teacher's Corner - Daily writing prompts, thematic units and many other resources
- The Writing Site - Primary and intermediate writing activities and prompts
- Think Quest Mysterious Story Starters - One way to start a mystery story is to use writing prompts or story starters. On this site, you will find some characters, plots, and writing prompts to help you get started on your own mystery.
- Think Quest Story Starters - Here are some story starters that might help you get your story started. Many of these ideas came from the Reading Teacher Book of Lists
- Web English Teacher - Collection of creative writing exercises
- Writer's Workshop - Check out the monthly journal topics
- Writing Bugs (Education World) - Select a monthly or anytime writing bug activity for great writing ideas and fun
- Writing Prompts Gr. K-3 - Free Printable Writing Prompts for Kindergarten through Third Grade Aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Check out other grades for more CCSS ideas
- Writing Prompts from Associated Content - Many topics, including holidays, to write about
- Zombie Invasion - Tom, the boy zombie, is just a misunderstood monster. Help him tell his story from his point of view with this fun and creative writing prompt
The Writing Process
Mechanics & Online Interactive Activities
- 4th Gr LAL Links - Mrs. Ellis' interactive links for LAL
- BlackDog 4 Kids - Creating a personalized holiday story fun for younger students and more.
- Daily Grammar - Review grammar exercises
- Dictionary - A multi-source, multi-lingual dictionary search service. If you don't know how to spell the word, just guess. You will get a list of suggestions if you are wrong.
- Does it Rhyme? - Find the line that rhymes
- Essay Map - Interactive organizer from Read, Think, Write (printout version available too)
- Examples of Onomatopoeia - Alphabetical examples of onomatopoeia
- Fractured Fairy Tales - A fractured fairy tale takes a story you know and changes the characters, setting, point of view, or plot. Read a sample, & then have fun writing your own!
- FreeRice - FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program. For each answer you get right, they will donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
- Fun Brain - Language Arts games. Check out Writer's Block. Students respond to a topic, choose a character, and view their message on the Web.
- Gr 4 Grammar Links - Mrs. Ellis's interactive grammar links
- Grammar Bytes - Grammar instruction with attitude
- Grammar Games - A compilation of 10 grammar games
- Grammar Games Online - Practice your grammar skills with these games
- Grammar Gorillas - The Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the sentence, they'll get a banana. Choose the beginner level (nouns and verbs only) or take the advanced challenge (all parts of speech)
- Grammar Park - Fun with grammar games
- Grammar Reference - K12 Reader's grammar reference & practice
- GrammarBook - Free English helpful rules, real-world examples, and fun quizzes
- Grammaropolis - A fun way to learn about the parts of speech. Watch short videos starring the cartoon characters that live there, take quizzes, play games and complete word sorts, and color the characters of Grammaropolis in an online coloring book.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing - Learn about writing from words to research papers. This site contains loads of lessons, interactive quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and more, all centered around topics in grammar and writing. Excellent for students and teachers.
- HMH - Grammar Practice Park - Explore the park and practice your grammar skills in these games for grades 3-5.
- HMH Write Source - From Wacky Web tales to help with writing ideas
- IXL ELA Gr. 2-4 - Skills are organized into categories, and you can move your mouse over any skill name to view a sample question. To start practicing, just click on any link. IXL will track your score, and the questions will automatically increase in difficulty as you improve!
- Interactive Language Websites - Interactive language arts fun
- Internet 4 Classrooms - Activities by grade level to practice state assessed skills.
- Learning Through the Arts - Interactive simile fun to create your own story
- Monster Exchange - Create your own monster, describe it, and exchange your descriptions with others so they may reproduce it.
- Penguin Punctuation - How to play First choose which game you would like to play and click on it. Make a sentence: Place the penguins in the correct order on the podiums to make the sentence. Which mark? : Drag the penguin with the correct punctuation mark to the empty podium. Make it interesting : Drag the penguin with the correct descriptive word to the empty podium.
- Power Point Creation - Learn to diagram sentences using PowerPoint
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Information on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- Puzzle Maker - Have fun making different types of puzzles
- ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online student materials to support literacy learning in the K-12 classroom. These interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons and provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills
- Sheppard Language Arts - Grammar, nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, capital letters, vocabulary & word games
- Spelling Wrecker - Interactive spelling & editing fun. Type or paste text & click 'Wreck It'
- Story - It - Picture prompts and fun writing activities.
- Story Jumper - Kids can learn the basics of storytelling. They'll use imagination combined with decision-making skills to help them achieve their goal of a complete story. They'll learn to match images with words to visually tell a tale, and can even use their own drawing skills to create detailed characters and backgrounds. StoryJumper brings together reading, writing, and imagination, giving kids an outlet to express themselves through storytelling.
- Teachers' Mouse Pad ~ Language Arts - Alphabet fun, compound words, contractions, rhyme time, syllabication and more
- Types of Sentence Game -
- Written Sound - Learn to write sounds words (onomatopoeia) as well as listen to them
- 4 2 Explore: Poetry for Kids - Links to a variety of poetry sites.
- Apples 4 the Teacher - Thematic poetry for kids and interactive literacy activities
- Can Teach: Songs & Poems - Poems and songs for prompts
- Classroom Jr. - Poetry for kids (and a lot more)
- DLTK Kids Poetry - Includes a mix of traditional poets (Poe, Frost, Stein, Burns, etc) and younger, nursery rhyme type poems. Most have printable coloring pages and/or crafts to go along with the poem
- ETTC's Poetry Forms - Choose your poetry form, and then just add words to make the poem your own.
- Giggle Poetry - Fun poetry activities created by children’s poet Bruce Lansky
- Literacy Connection - Learn the poetry writing techniques of metaphor and simile.
- Poetry 4 Kids - Poems for prompts
- Poetry Teachers - Teach poetry, poetry theater, & activites
- Poetry Zone - Learn how to write poems and be a brilliant poet
- Shel Silverstein's Poetry - Kids can learn a lot about what makes a poem, different kinds of poems, and writing poems from the printable activity sheets. Check out the Learning Resources tab to view different poetry workshop kits.
- Teachers' Mouse Pad ~ Poetry Place - Great educational sites to enhance your poetry curriculum
- Writing with Writers: Poetry Project - Project idea for teachers. In the course of participating in the "Poetry Writing" project students will: (1) identify unique characteristics of the poetry genre (2) practice poetry writing skills such as rhythm, rhyming, and descriptive vocabulary (3) follow the writing process to create original poetry (4) understand how to review and revise their own writing & (5) use Web technology to post original writing online
- Multi-Genre Writing:Test Prep Gr 4 - Writing test prep geared to 4th grade from Portland Public Schools
- Achieve the Core - Common Core-aligned ELA literacy sample lessons with explanations and supporting resources.
- Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test - Descriptive, expository, narrative and persuasive prompts from the Northwest Regional Educational Labratory
- Common Core Practice - Common Core Test Study Guides with practice questions for reading grades 1-12 and math grades 1-8
- EDinformatics: Education for the Information Age - Released test items and sample questions from most states. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Elementary Language Arts - A collection of language arts links
- Explanatory Prompts for NJ ASK Practice - Explanatory/expository (informative) writing communicates information to the reader to share knowledge or to convey messages, instructions, and ideas.
- NJ ASK Grades 3 and 4 - Released sample test items
- NJ ASK LAL - Writing - LAL writing tasks require students to respond in a variety of modes and forms (e.g., expository, persuasive, narrative) and for a variety of purposes, in keeping with standard 3.2 of the CCCS
- NJ ASK Strategies - Resources compiled by Michele Barto, EdD for the SRI/ETTC from teacher training in Stockton College
- NJ ASK Writing Prep - Get speculative, explanatory and persuasive organizers, prompts, & rubrics. (Designed for grades 6-8, but can be used in 3-5)
- PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers - See how the PARCC assessment will work. Sample test questions are now available online.
- Personal Narrative - Brainstorm, parts of a story, sample stories, and story prompts
- Teacher Created Prompts for NJ ASK - Speculative prompts
- Test Prep Elementary Language Arts - Test prep practice
- The Educator's Reference Desk - Writing lesson plans by grade.
Content by Maria Leon, MLeon@wnyschools.net
Last revised Tue Nov 25 12:25:01 US/Pacific 2014