December Writing Prompts and Word Work Activities

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Do you find yourself scrambling for journal prompts that keep your students engaged and excited about writing? Let me ease your frustrations with my December writing packet! In this download, you will discover a writing prompt for each day in the month of December, a December writing menu (perfect for a writing center), word work cards, writing tips, and a student writing rubric. Take a look to see what other teachers have to say about this December writing resource! I can guarantee you will have your students on the "WRITE" track in no time!


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Link-Year Long Writing Prompts Bundle



My hope is that you will find this product requiring very little effort to equip your writing center each month, and that your students find the prompts engaging and interesting. Some ideas for you, the teacher, that will allow you to keep your sanity while managing your writing station. An attractive and well stocked writing station is a key component that will create an inviting atmosphere for your students.

1. Make sure all materials are available and easily accessible for the

students. The idea is that once the students arrive at the station,

they do not leave.

2. Keep a container of sharpened pencils for students to use while at

the writing station.

3. Make sure extra erasers are available.

4. Provide a container of crayons/markers for the students to use

when illustrating while they are at the writing center.

5. Have a designated place for students to place their writing journals

or unfinished work.

6. Have a designated folder for students to place finished





1. Describe what you look forward to most in December.

2. Write a summary about your favorite holiday movie.

3. Describe your 5 senses in December. Think about the things you

see, smell, taste, touch, and hear this time of year.

4. If you could give a gift to anyone this season, who would you give it

to and what would you give them? Explain why you chose this


5. Describe the decorations at your house in December.

6. Imagine that you were one of the children on the Polar Express.

Describe your adventure.

7. Tell about the time that you received the most unforgettable gift you

have ever gotten.

8. If Santa could bring you any gift, tell about the gift you would ask

him to bring.

9. If you were one of Santa’s elves, what job would you want in

Santa’s Workshop? Describe what a day at your job would be like.

10. Write about some of your favorite family traditions.

11. Write a story about a reindeer that was disobedient on Christmas


12. Describe what “Peace on Earth” means to you.

13. Write a story about the day your teacher was absent and Santa

was your substitute teacher.

14. Describe some ways you could bring joy to someone less

fortunate than you are this Christmas.

15. The first day of winter is in December. Write about some of your

favorite winter activities.

16. Write a friendly letter to someone you will not be seeing this

holiday season.

17. Write a thank you note to the person that gave you your most

favorite gift last year.

18. If Santa brought your school a present, what gift would you want

him to bring and why do you think your school needs that.

19. Explain and illustrate what the true meaning of Christmas means

to you.

20. Explain some ways Mrs. Claus could pamper Santa to make sure

he is well rested and relaxed before his long Christmas Eve night.

You will also notice that the borders for each month will change. These borders will allow you to pinpoint the time of the year your students’ wrote so that you can observe their growth throughout the year. For example, you will know that writings with the pencil border was written in September, pumpkin border in October, turkey border November, etc.


A student friendly rubric for students to use in order to evaluate their writing samples. The rubric is in a “yes/no” format. Your students can simply check the boxes as they apply.


This is a great writing tool for students to keep in the front of their writing journal or in their binder! It is full of friendly writing tips that students often misuse. As the year unfolds, you can individualize the scaffolding of these pointers…fewer skills for students below grade level, and additional skills for students on or above grade level. These guidelines can be introduced based on the developmental age of your students or ability level.



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Some other writing resources that may be of interest can be found in my Writing Category. Please click the link below to take a look and see what other teachers have to say!


If you would like to keep your writing prompts consistent throughout the school year, I have a writing and word work packet available for each month!

Link-September Writing Activities, Daily 5, Work on Writing

Link-October Writing Activities, Daily 5, Work on Writing

Link-November Writing Activities, Daily 5, Work on Writing

Link-January Writing Activities, Daily 5, Work on Writing, Work on Words

Link-February Writing Activities, Daily 5, Work on Writing, Word Work

Link-March Writing Prompts, No Prep Writing Activities

Link-April Writing Prompts, Daily 5, Work on Writing Activities

Link-May Writing Prompts, Daily 5 Work on Writing & Work on Words, Writing Journals

Link-Fall Writing Bundle, Daily 5, Work on Writing

Link-Winter Writing Bundle, Daily 5, Work on Writing, Work on Words

Link-Writing Process

Link-Writing Anchor Charts

Explanatory Text Writing Lesson

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