Squiggle Stories: Creative Writing Prompts for K-5

Christy Howe
Grade Levels
PreK - 5th, Homeschool
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87 pages
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Squiggle Stories promote creative thinking and a range of important writing skills. Open-ended and fun, Squiggle Stories will help to motivate and engage even your most reluctant writers!

Here’s how they work: Using their imagination, students turn the squiggle on each page into a detailed picture. Students then write about their illustration, using words to clarify and enrich their illustration.

Squiggle Stories are appropriate for students of ALL ability levels because they are inherently differentiated! This open-ended task provides multiple entry points for students. Students can participate where they are, reflecting their individual strengths and skills. Squiggle Stories also give students ample room to grow; there is no ceiling or limit to what students can author and create!

** Check out the preview to learn more and grab a FREEBIE Squiggle Story to try with your class!

What's Included:

- 36 squiggle stories (one for EVERY week of the school year!)

- 1 set of 36 on primary writing paper

- 1 set of 36 on lined paper

- A blank template for you and your students to create your own

- Blank writing paper – primary and lined

- A creativity checklist for students

** Get the MOST out of Squiggle stories with six pages of detailed teacher tips, examples, and photographs of student work!


- Writing centers and stations

- Daily 5/CAFÉ

- Work on Writing

- Independent learning contracts

- Extension Activities

- Homework

- Enrichment for fast-finishers

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Please contact me if you have any questions! I’d love to hear from you!



© Christy Howe. Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.

Total Pages
87 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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