Journal Ideas:

Month: Topic:

August and September:

  • Over the summer I...
  • The best thing about summer was...
  • Dogs are man's best friend.  What other animal would you pick to be man's best friend?
  • What is your favorite Disney character or movie and why?
  • My full name and how it was decided on...
  • Some things that you might not know about me are...
  • Yesterday I...
  • Describe a typical day of fifth grade.
  • If I could change one thing about myself, I'd...
  • tell me about a few of your best friends.
  • Describe each member of your family.
  • Describe the most serious illness or accident that you've had.
  • Describe your favorite clothes.
  • Tell me about your house.  What is your favorite part?
  • Describe your favorite place on Earth.
  • Did you have a favorite blanket or toy?  Tell me about it.

October:
  • What is your favorite subject in school?
  • What is your favorite board game and why?
  • What is your favorite video game and why?
  • What is your favorite TV show and why?
  • The best things about fall are...
  • My favorite orange things are...
  • List all of the costumes you have worn in the past.  Which was your favorite?
  • If I were a spider, I'd...
  • Write a recipe for Monster's stew.
  • If I were a scarecrow, I'd...
  • Describe the best pumpkin you ever carved.
  • Do you wish you had more brothers or sisters?  Tell me why.
  • Do you have a special school memory from another grade?  Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about your grandparents.  Do you have any great grandparents?
  • Draw a funny picture of something that makes you laugh.  Tell me why it makes you laugh.
  • Draw a picture of something that you are afraid of.  Tell me why you are afraid of it.

November:
  • Draw a picture with your favorite color.  Why is it your favorite?
  • How do you feel about winning and losing?
  • If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
  • If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?
  • Dentists...
  • Doctors...
  • Hospitals...
  • On Thanksgiving, my family...
  • My favorite Thanksgiving food is...
  • The best things about my family are...
  • List all of your aunts and uncles.  Tell me about one of them.
  • Tell me about a frustrating experience you've had.
  • Tell me an embarassing memory.
  • Tell me about a special talent you have.
  • How do you feel about water?  What are some good and bad things about water?
  • Grandma...
  • Grandpa...

December:
  • Snow days...
  • My favorite thing about December is...
  • If I were an elf, I'd...
  • What would be the best present to give your parents?
  • I followed the strange tracks in the snow and...
  • If you won the lottery, what would you do?
  • Some of my jobs at home are...
  • What I would like to receive for Christmas...
  • Inside the box with the big red bow is...
  • If I could give any present to anyone, I'd...
  • Tell me about your bedroom.  Describe it in detail so when you read this ten years from know you will remember every part of it.
  • What do you do after school?
  • If you could pass one piece of advice on to the next generation, what would you tell them?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • What is your mother's best trait?
  • What accomplishment are you the most proud of so far in your life?

January:
  • My New Year's wish is...
  • Would you rather be a penguin or a polar bear?  Why?
  • When I woke up, there was so much snow that...
  • The best thing about winter is...
  • Beach memories...
  • Suction cup or spiked feet?  Why?
  • In the corner, behind the filing cabinet...
  • Pizza...
  • Football...
  • Not including this year, who was your favorite teacher you've ever had and why?
  • First grade memories...
  • The holiday I wish we had is...
  • The sunshine makes me feel...
  • My dream house...
  • On Saturday mornings, the TV show I like best is...
  • the most amazing thing I've ever seen was...
  • Snow memories...

February:
  • When the groundhog came out of the hole,...
  • If your teeth could talk, what would they tell you?
  • If I were president...
  • What does the tooth fairy do with all of the teeth she collects?
  • My hero is...
  • What if...
  • My favorite pair of shoes...
  • Well doctor, it is like this...
  • the midnight visitor...
  • Something that is a mystery to me is...
  • Spend the rest of your life on roller blades, or stilts?  Why?
  • Dreams...
  • In 20 years, I...
  • Dogs...
  • Cats...
  • When I get to college, I will....

March:
  • My favorite Dr. Suess book is...
  • the day it rained Oobleck...
  • Something that I enjoy doing with my grandparents is...
  • How do you catch a leprechaun?
  • The best book that I ever read was...
  • Someone should write a book about...
  • A conversation between Mr. Triangle and Ms. Circle...
  • Cars...
  • The first thing I ever remember is...
  • The door was locked and I couldn't find the key!
  • Inside the cave...
  • Nobody believed me when...
  • If I were a crayon, I'd...
  • My life as a pencil.
  • How to eat an apple.
  • Who filled the pool with strawberry jello?
  • How to make a paper airplane

April:
  • Instead of raining cats and dogs, it rained...
  • My favorite color of the rainbow is...
  • My favorite thing to do when it rains is...
  • My favorite animal is...
  • Things you like, but do not own...
  • Things you do not own, but hope you never do own them.
  • The worst job in the world...
  • Place you've never been to, but want to go.
  • Tell me some things you'd like to do that you've never done before.
  • I did something really nice.
  • Tell me about a crazy ride home from school.
  • Write the directions to your favorite place from the school parking lot.
  • Tell me about a time you were really nervous.
  • The alarm cut the silence...
  • I like being a kid because...
  • I will never forget the day when ______ did _______.

May:
  • My favorite outside activity is...
  • My favorite things about this past school year were...
  • My mom...
  • What is the best flavor of ice cream and why?
  • What is the ideal age to be and why?
  • Describe a summer thunderstorm.
  • It isn't fair that...
  • My favorite snack is...
  • What would you do with a dirigible?
  • What would you do with a bairn?
  • Describe Saturdays at your house
  • the day my food began to move...
  • The day I babysat a monkey...
  • As I was walking on the beach...
  • If I had a twin...
  • If you were stranded on an island with only one possession, what would it be?
  • If you were on this island and only had one CD, which one would you want and why?

June:
  • My dad...
  • Imagine that you were an ant at a picnic.  What would you do?
  • My favorite thing to do in the summer is...
  • My best vacation...
  • My summer plans...
  • My favorite summer foods are...
  • The best thing about this year was...
  • I will never forget when Mr. Engle...
  • If a genie granted you one wish a day, how would you use them?
  • If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
  • Skyview memories...
  • I hope next year...
Any Time:
  • I'm talking... (worn out words poem)
  • It's about... (expert poem)
  • Journal about your day.  Put it in writing so when you look back ten years from now, you can remember what it was like!

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