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Halloween story starters:  (borrowed from

Scary Halloween movies are...
The best trick I ever played on Halloween was......
If i could make a magic brew, it would........
Halloween should not be banned because......
Halloween has been cancelled because.......
In the year 2025, Halloween will be........
If I could trick-or-treat on the internet, I would go to..........
It was a cold Halloween night when I saw the...
The mad scientist was creating a new monster that could...
The large cauldron of purple liquid started to boil when...
I got an eerie feeling when I heard...
The mysterious object started floating in the air and...
The Halloween pumpkin turned into a...
The black cat started to crouch and hiss when...
Something in the closet was making a strange noise, so I opened the door and...
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw...
As I carefully entered the haunted house, the door shut behind me and...

Start each phrase with "What if ..."

 ... there were no colors except white?
 ... we had three arms?
 ... children were the parents?
 ... there were no stoves?
 ... we had no pencils?
 ... we couldn't cry?
 ... there were no clocks?
 ... we had no policemen?
 ... we went to school at night?
 ... there were only adults in the world?
 ... there were no school at all?

 ... there was no such thing as breakfast cereal?
 ... every country had a king?
 ... it never stopped raining?
 ... we had no cars?
 ... insects were as big as people?
 ... there were no books?
 ... our only form of transportation was horses?
 ... our parents never said 'no'?
 ... there were no music?
 ... we were never hungry?
 ... we didn't have to eat vegetables?
 ... we all looked the same?
 ... we didn't have holidays?
 ... smiling was against the law?
 ... snails could run?
 ... every wish came true?
 ... the world was flat?
 ... we never recycled anything?
 ... people could fly?
 ... there was no gravity?
 ... no one had manners?
 ... all people were selfish?
 ... there were no teachers?
 ... our shadows were alive?
 ... there were no wars?
 ... there were no telephones?
 ... the ocean was made of jelly?
 ... we could only eat pizza?
 ... we used cookies instead of money?
 ... we all acted the same?
 ... water didn't freeze?
 ... trees grew candy?
 ... we never slept?

 Write about:

 ... one of the five senses
 ... your house
 ... a hamburgers ingredients
 ... the best kind of pet
 ... how a turtle protects itself
 ... why your proud of your school
 ... favorite things about your school
 ... the parts of a tree
 ... your favorite animal
 ... something you did over the weekend
 ... an event to remember
 ... things that quench your thirst
 ... the benefits of watching television
 ... your favorite book
 ... your favorite movie
 ... a visit to the doctor or dentist
 ... why you like skateboarding, skiing, bicycling, etc...
 ... places to go in your city
 ... things to do when your sick
 ... your grandma or grandpa
 ... your favorite toy, or video game

In school I do my best when ...
If I were a teacher I would ...
I don't like to eat ...
If I were five years older I would ...
If I had a million dollar I would ...
I get angry when ...
On Saturdays I like to ...
My family likes to ...
I love to eat ...
Something I do well is ...
At school I like to ...
I feel silly when ...
If I could be invisible I would ...
An important person to me is ...
When I become a parent I  ...
I once got hurt when ...
I'd like to solve the problem of ...
I don't like it when ...
I love to give ...
I like going home because ...
If I were very small I would ...
I get attention by ...
I would hate to lose ...
As a friend, I can be counted on to ...
Once somebody helped me by ...
Over the weekend I ...
I wish people would stop ...
I look best when ...
People hurt my feelings when ...
I need to improve in ...
A good friend is someone who ...
If I were a giant I would ...
School would be better if ...
I would like a great big ...
If I had a magic ring ...
An important thing in my life is ...
Something my parents like about me is ...
I wish I could ...
Something I like about adults is ...
When I want attention from my parents, I ...
When I want attention from my teachers, I ...
I would be happier if ...
One of the best things about me is ...
I like to play ...
My best vacation ever was ...
Families are important because ...
The best thing about my family is ..
Some of the rules of my family are ...
A tradition my family has is ...
My favorite holiday is ...
With my best friend I like to ...
When I am around someone I don't know I ...
One of the happiest events of my life is ...
Something I could teach to someone else is ...
If I could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for ...

What is something about yourself that you are proud of?
What is something that your parents say they like about you?
What famous person would you like to meet and why?
What are qualities in other people that you admire?

Explain what you like and dislike about your name.
If you could be any animal, what one would you be and why?
What is your favorite holiday?  Write the reasons for your choice.

Write about your favorite pet--one you have now or have had in the past.  What did it look like?  Why did you like it so much?  (If you have never had a pet, write about a perfect pet--one you would like to have.)

What do you like and dislike about where you live?

Write freely about the bravest thing you have ever done.

List the things you worry about.  Then write about the thing you worry about the most.

If you could be a super hero, what extraordinary powers would you give yourself?

Would you rather be a dog or a cat?

Would you like to live to be 100 years old?

If you could be a superstar in any sport when you grow up, what sport would you choose?

Who or what makes you laugh?  Explain why you think this person or thing is funny.

Imagine that you drank a magic potion and then started to grow smaller and smaller.  Finally you were no larger than a fly.  What would you do?

Imagine that all the television stations stopped broadcasting for one week.  What would you do instead of watching TV that week?

What is  your most prized possession?

What makes you special or unique?

Based on what you  now know about yourself, make five predictions about your future.

Who is a hero of yours?  Explain why this person means so much to you.

Retell a compliment that someone recently gave you.  Explain how that compliment made you feel.

If you could be someone else, who would that person be.

Invent the best dessert in the whole world.

What would you do if you woke up at night to find your room was filled with smoke?

If I could change places with my parents for one day, I would ...
The best day I ever spent was ...
One thing that really makes me angry is ...
If I had three wishes I would wish for ...
If I had things my way I would ...
What is the best present you ever received (or gave) and why?

If you could decorate your room any way possible, what would you do?

Who would you like to hang out with for a day and why?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Tell a story about one of your parents as a child.

If you could choose your name, what would you be called?

Name one sport you would like to be really good at and why.

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Journal Starters

  • How do you take care of teeth?
  • If I could ask Abraham Lincoln three  questions, they would be...
  • What if all the world's scissors disappeared?
  • Your rollers skates won't stop.  You go faster and faster...
  • What do you hear right now?
  • Write a short story about a UFO landing in your backyard.
  • What if all the cats turned into mice?
  • Compare a banana with a pear.
  • Make up a new subject for school.
  • What would you do if you could become invisible?
  • Write a definition for the word WOOZLE.
  • What if it never rained?
  • What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
  • An award I would give someone in my class is ...
  • My long list of animals...
  • What would happen if everyone lived under water?
  • What if all the snow turned to ice cream?
  • Name five gifts that you can make.
  • If you could invent a breakfast, what would it be?
  • Write a short story about your magic glasses.
  • Name three ways to save money.
  • Name five ways to make a sandwich without using bread.
  • Name people you admire.
  • List words that rhyme with snow.
  • What if all the plastic in the world melted?
  • You own a store!  Name it and describe it.
  • You are trapped in the attic.  Write a message for help on a paper towel.
  • How did the giraffe get its long neck?
  • I am good at ...
  • In my free time, I ...
  • For breakfast, I like...
  • This year, I plan to ...
  • Five questions I would like to ask the principal...
  • If I were a car, I'd like to be a ...
  • If I had a different name, it would be...
  • List words  that rhyme with night.
  • The moon is like...
  • Write a list of facts & opinions about cats.
  • List words that mean BIG.
  • The biggest thing I ever saw...
  • Make a list of words that begin with your initials.
  • List chores you have at home.
  • Write the longest sentence in which all the words begin with E.
  • If friendship is golden, what is silver?  What is diamond?  What is granite?
  • If I were teacher for a day...
  • Name something that you used to be afraid to do but that you do all the time now.
  • Why are a bird's wings different from a butterfly's wings?
  • Is it easier to swallow a pill or a spoonful of medicine?  Why
  • "This cocoa is too hot to drink, " Amy said to her mom.  Amy had not yet tasted the cocoa.  What might have made her think it was so hpt?
  • Why do teams have  coaches?
  • Where do you often hear music?
  • Which animals seem to like to be around people?  Which don't?
  • If animals could teach you how to do what they do, what would you want to learn?
  • What do you think cars of the future will be like?
  • Why do people take pictures?
  • Why do babies cry more often than adult?
  • why might a bear with a cub be more dangerous than a bear alone?
  • What crayons would you use to color grapes, ears of corn, and apples?
  • How many doors and windows do you have in your home?
  • Why aren't pictures hung right near the floor or right near the ceiling?
  • Mr. Clark knew he was alone in his house, yet he heard voices in the living room.  Who could have been talking?
  • Does a cat scratch its head with its front or hind paw?
  • When might cats meow?
  • Would you rather worry too much or worry too little?  Why?
  • Is it easier to tie your own shoe or someone else's?  Why?
  • What is your favorite letter of the alphabet?
  • Name two noisy animals.  Name two quiet animals.
  • How are people and mittens alike?
  • Which would you enjoy more:  a snowy day or a sunny day?  why
  • Is it better to be smart or kind?  why?
  • When is it better to speak up than keep quiet?
  • Would you rather be an ocean animal or a land animal?  Why?
  • Why is it important o compliment others?
  • Why do you think so many people don't keep their New Year's Resolutions?
  • In what ways are a computer and the human brain different?
  • How would life change if there were no television?
  • if I can go anywhere, I would visit...
  • Falling leaves remind me of...
  • If my boots could talk, they'd say...
  • With my magic glasses, I can see...
  • What would you like to teach your pet?
  • I can make others happy by...
  • if I had a giant roll of tape...
  • What does a rainbow see?
  • The best thing about numbers is...
  • What is thee were no trees?
  • Where do clouds go?
  • if I were President...
  • what kinds of things do you collect?
  • What color is laughter?
  • If I could design a mall, it would...
  • the hardest thing I ever did was...
  • I would change the sound of ...
  • If I could design a playground, it would...
  • If I found a new star, I would call it...
  • What would you ask George Washington?
  • Would you rather be a cracker or a cookie?
  • Write 5 "wintery" sentences.
  • list things you would never expect to see in front of your house.
  • Write a conversation your pencil might have with your teacher.
  • list five different ways to say that someone is a "nice person."
  • Make a list of five-letter verbs.
  • The title of a story is "The Strangest Breakfast."  How does the story begin?
  • Make a list of words that begin with "b" and end with "n".
  • What I would like to change about myself is...
  • if I were to write a book, it would be about...
  • The one thing I would like to change about the world is...
  • The best thing that happened to me yesterday was....
  • Which is easier to do?  Make a new friend or apologize to an old one? Explain.
  • How is a pizza like a violin?
  • What advice would you give to someone who is going to spend a week visiting in your home?
  • Think of your least favorite food.  Give 4 reasons why you dislike this food.
  • How is a cold like a bad dream?
  • What makes a pet a great pet?
  • What do you think you'll be doing 25 years from now?
  • Name 5 things that you think most adults don't know about kids.
  • If you could change your bedroom (and money wasn't a problem), how would you change it?
  • How might life change if each family were allowed by law to own only one vehicle?
  • If you could relive one past day in your life, what day would you choose?  What was so great about this day?
  • Which is better;  having lots of friends or being famous?  Why?
  • Which would you dislike more:  a rainy day or a day or a day when you were sick?  Why?
  • What is something that always makes you cranky?  Why?
  • Which is easier to do:  tell a friend that he or she has hurt your feelings or ask someone for help?  Explain.
  • Will there be movie theaters in the future?  Why or why not?
  • If you could have a pile of anything, what would you want a pile of?
  • How would the world be different if the computer had not yet been invented?
  • Which is better:  working for a lot of money at a job you did not like or working for less money at a job you did like?
  • Would you rather watch a movie that make you cry or one that scares you?
  • Which is worse:  to interrupt someone who is talking to you or to pretend you're listening when you're really not?
  • Do you think it's important to always be right?  why or why not?
  • If you were to design a flag that shows your personality, what would be on the flag?  What colors would you use?
  • If you could not speak, how could you let someone know that you are thirsty?   

 This list was found on Mr. Krygier's Third Grade Website

  • If I were the teacher, I would...
  • If I could give one piece of advice to any person in history, that advice would be...
  • Describe a dream that you had recently. Provide as many details as possible.
  • The best lesson my grandparent (or parent or any relative) ever taught me was...
  • [on the day after the Grammy Awards are announced.] Do you think the right artists won? Why or why not?
  • Tell five things you'd like to do on your next birthday.
  • Imagine a friend of yours is considering whether to take steroids. What would you tell that friend to persuade him or her not to do that?
  • In 20 years, I will be...
  • Tell about an event in your life that has caused a change in you.
  • I was most angry when...
  • If you could design one room in a house to suit only your needs, what would it look like? (Challenge kids to be as fanciful as they like. For example, would someone have a desk made of chocolate?)
  • Describe your perfect vacation.
  • My worst mistake was...
  • [for high-school students.] Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • If you and your best friend could have a free limo for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?
  • You have the freedom to travel to any city or country in the world. Where would you go and why?
  • What would you do if you were president of the United States?
  • You have an extra $100,000 to give away; you cannot spend it on yourself. What would you do with the money?
  • The qualities that make a best friend are...
  • If you were an insect, what kind would you be and why?
  • Describe your room at home in detail. What are you proudest of and why?
  • [using a current local controversy] Do you agree with the decision? Why? Would you change if anything? What?

This list taken from Education World

What is...

  • What is something you dislike about yourself?
  • What is something you do well?
  • What is your favourite room in your home and why?
  • What is a good neighbour?
  • What is the worst thing parents can do to their children?
  • What is your favourite time of day?
  • What is your idea of a dull evening?
  • What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?
  • What is something you are optimistic about?
  • What is something you are pessimistic about?
  • What is your most indispensable possession and why?
  • What is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last"?
  • What is your favourite song and why?
  • What is the best birthday present you ever received?
  • What is the best birthday present you could receive?
  • What is something that makes you feel sad?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • What is something that really bugs you?
  • What is something that really makes you angry?
  • What is the best advice you ever received?
  • What is your favourite holiday? What makes this holiday special?
  • What is your favourite day of the week?
  • What is your favourite month? Why?

What if...

  • What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
  • What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
  • What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
  • What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
  • What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
  • What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it is important to co-operate?
  • What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  • What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
  • What would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now?
  • What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
  • What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What if everyone did?
  • What if you could walk up walls and across ceilings?
  • What would happen if you loved your neighbour as yourself? What if everyone did?
  • What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?
  • What would happen if children ruled the world?
  • What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
  • What if everyone lived under water? Where would people live? What games would children play? What would school be like?
  • What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?
  • What would you do if a bully bothered you on your way home?
  • What would you do if you did very poorly of a test?
  • What would you do if a friend borrows things from you but never returns them?
  • What would you do if You were the teacher and everyone forgot his homework?
  • What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat began to leak?
  • What would you do if Your friend had a broken leg? How would you cheer him up?
  • What would you do if you saw little bugs in your salad?
  • What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?
  • What would you do if you ordered an ice cream cone and you forgot to bring money?
  • What would you do if someone got in front of you when you were in line at the movies?
  • What would you do if your jelly sandwich fell upside down on the floor?
  • What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor your friend have had one?
  • What would you do if two of your best friends went to the movies without inviting you?
  • What would you do if the surprise party was for you but you weren't surprised?
  • What would you do if you got a present you didn't like?
  • What would you do if you were at home and your homework was at school?
  • What would you do if you dropped the cookie jar and it broke?
  • What would you do if you were invited to two parties on the same day?
  • What would you do if you promised to feed your pet and you didn't?
  • What would you do if someone said you did something wrong and you didn't?
  • What would you do if your new shoes felt fine in the store but now they are hurting?
  • What would you do if someone told you a joke that you don't think is funny?
  • What would you do if an hour before the party you remember you don't have a gift?
  • What would you do if a friend comes to your house and his/her mom doesn't know he's/she's there?
  • What would you do if you had four math problems marked wrong that were right?
  • What would you do if you found in the street?
  • What would you do if you found a magic wand?
  • What would you do if you wanted to be friends with someone who spoke no English?
  • What would you say if someone told you it was all right to steal from a large department store?
  • What would you do if you saw a friend cheating--report it, confront the friend, nothing--and why?
  • If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been?
  • If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?
  • If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to whom?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  • If you received as a gift, what would you do with it?
  • If you could do whatever you wanted to right now, what would you do?
  • If you were principal of this school, what would you do?
  • If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
  • If you were five years older you would...
  • If you were lost in the woods and it got dark, what would you do?
  • If it were your job to decide what shows can be on t.v., how would you choose?
  • If there were no rules, what do you think would happen?
  • If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from stealing from you?
  • If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose and why? If you could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for?
  • If you had to describe yourself as a colour, which would you choose?
  • If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?

What do you think...

  • What do you think of 3D movies?
  • What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our environment?
  • What do you think the world needs now?
  • What do you think your friends say to each other when you're not around?
  • What do you think about the amount of violence on T.V.?
  • What do you think about people polluting the environment?
  • What do you think about having set rules for people to follow?
  • What do you think about people who are inconsiderate of others?
  • What do you think should be done to keep people who are under the influence of alcohol off the road?
  • What do you think the world will be like when you are a grown up?
  • What do you think about ghosts?
  • What do you think of someone who has bad manners?
  • What do you think about people who take advantage of others?
  • What do you think about when you can't fall asleep?
  • What do you think courage means?
  • What do you think makes a good friend?
  • What do you think makes a happy family?
  • What pollutants do you think do the most damage and why?
  • What things do you think are beautiful?


  • What do you like most about yourself?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What kind of animal would you like to be and why?
  • What kind of trophy would you like to win?
  • What TV or movie star would you like to invite to your birthday party?
  • What does "Clothes make the person" mean to you?
  • What does "Have your cake and eat it too" mean to you?
  • What does "The early bird gets the worm" mean to you?
  • What do we mean when we say, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"?
  • What does "You can't take it with you" mean?
  • What do we mean when we say, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar"?
  • What do we mean when we say, "Hitch your wagon to a star"?
  • What does "still waters run deep" mean to you?
  • What does "There are two sides to every coin" mean to you?
  • What does Canada mean to you?
  • What are you afraid of? Why?
  • What are junk foods?
  • What are some nutritious foods that you like?
  • What are some rules you have to follow at home?
  • What are some examples of prejudice?
  • What is more important to you, appearance or personality?
  • What is most important to you in a friend--loyalty, generosity, honesty--why?
  • What is something that makes you melancholy?
  • What makes your best friend your best friend?
  • What makes you feel safe?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What would you invent to make life better?
  • What would you do to entertain your family without spending any money?
  • What effects does watching violence have on people?
  • What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young people?
  • What kind of t.v. commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
  • What kind of pet would you most like to have--monkey, snake, goat--why?
  • What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV--detective shows, comedies, game shows--and why?
  • What advice would you give a new student?
  • What advice would you give to someone who stole something but now feels guilty?
  • What things are better than going to school? Why?
  • What talents do you have?
  • What three words would describe you right now?
  • What four things are most important in your life?
  • What colour makes you think of happiness?
  • What has been the most fun activity at school so far?
  • What quality do you like about yourself--creativity, personality, appearance--why?
  • What eccentric behaviour in a friend disturbs you the most?
  • What parts of nature do you like best?
  • What do you do for exercise?


  • How do you feel when it's your birthday? Why?
  • How do you feel on the first day of winter? Why?
  • How would you feel if you were going to be on a show? Why?
  • How do you feel when you do something wrong?
  • How do you feel when you do something that is very good?
  • How do you feel when you play a trick on someone?
  • How would you feel if a new child moved into your neighbourhood?
  • How do you think the new child would feel?
  • How do you feel when you have had a fight with your best friend?
  • How do you think your friend felt?
  • How do you feel when you are in bed with the lights out?
  • How do you feel when you want something very badly and you cannot have it? Why is this so important to have?
  • How do you feel on a warm sunny day?
  • How do you feel when you stay with a babysitter?
  • How do you feel when you're leaving home on vacation?
  • How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house?
  • How do you feel during a thunderstorm?
  • How do you feel on the first day of school?
  • How do you feel when your parents are upset with you? Why do they become upset with you?
  • How do you feel on Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?
  • How do feel on (any holiday)?
  • How do you feel when something scares you? What do you do when this happens?
  • How would you feel if someone told you that you were his or her best friend?
  • How do you feel about your appearance?
  • How would you change the world to make it better?
  • How do you think eating junk food affects you?
  • How do you have the most fun--alone, with a large group, with a few friends--and why?
  • Explain how to play your favorite game.

I wish...

  • I wish I had a million... Then I would...
  • I wish I had one... because
  • I wish I could be like.... This person is special because....
  • I wish to be a ________ when I grow up. Then I will....
  • I wish there were a law that said..... This would be a good law because....
  • I wish I could forget the time I ..... because....
  • I wish trees could..... because....
  • I wish I could see...... because.....
  • I wish I could learn..... because.....
  • I wish I didn't have to eat...... I don't like this food because.....
  • I wish everyone would learn to ..... Then everyone would.....
  • I wish I never......
  • I wish I had one more chance to..... Then I would.....
  • I wish there was an electric......
  • I wish I had enough money to......
  • I wish everyone loved......
  • I wish all children would......
  • I wish everyone had.....
  • I wish I could touch......
  • I wish animals could...... If they could, then.....
  • I wish I looked like.... because......
  • I wish there were no more.....
  • I wish I didn't have to.....
  • I wish I could go to.....
  • I wish there really was..... If there really was, then.....
  • I wish I could hear......
  • I wish I could give......
  • If all my wishes came true, I would......


  • Describe a time when you felt vengeful.
  • Describe your favourite toy. Why do you like it best?
  • Describe the most ludicrous outfit you can think of.
  • Describe the best teacher you ever had.


  • When you are angry, how do you look?
  • When are you happiest?
  • When have you felt lonely?
  • When do you feel proud?
  • When was the last time you cried and why?
  • When a friend was in an embarrassing situation, what did you do?
  • When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling your friends the truth?
  • When might it be bad to be honest?
  • When someone picks on someone else, how do you feel? What do you do?
  • Once, when you were very frightened, what happened?
  • Once, when you were embarrassed, what happened?
  • Once, when your feelings were hurt, what happened?


  • Which quality best describes your life--exciting, organised, dull--and why?
  • Which quality do you dislike most about yourself--laziness, selfishness, childishness--and why?
  • Which place would you most like to visit--Africa, China, Alaska--why?
  • Which holiday has the most meaning for you-Canada Day, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day--and why?
  • Which is least important to you--money, power, fame--and why?
  • Which is most important to you--being popular, accomplishing things, being organised--and why?


  • Who do you talk to when you have a problem?
  • Who is your favourite Star Wars character (or other movie/book/t.v. show, etc.)?
  • Who or what has had a strong influence in your life?


  • Where would you prefer to be right now--mountains, desert, beach--and why?


  • Why is it important to be honest?
  • Why is important to have good manners?
  • Why do you think adults smoke/drink?
  • Why is exercise important to someone your age?
  • Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?
  • Why do you think the rules you must follow are good or bad?
  • Why would it be good to be honest?
  • Why have men and women usually only done certain types of work?
  • Why should or shouldn't a man stay home to care for the house and children while his wife goes to work?
  • Why do you think some people take advantage of others?
  • Why do you think prejudice exists in the world?
  • Why would we say that someone is "passing the buck"?
  • Why would a Prime Minister have a sign on his desk which read, "The buck stops here"?
  • Why do you think tact is an important quality?
  • Why is it not wise to squander your money?
  • Explain why we say, "dead as a door nail".


  • Do you think there is too much fighting on t.v. Why or why not?
  • Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?
  • Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners?
  • Should there be a dress code in places such as school, restaurants, and places of business? Why or why not?
  • Should animals be used for medical research?
  • Should the Canadian Government financially support Olympic teams?
  • Should people be prohibited from smoking in certain places?
  • Families are important because...
  • Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you like to be famous for?

This list taken from Can Teach

About Yourself
 Have you wondered about ________...?
 Let me tell you about_______...
 Have you ever wondered why...?
 I like to ________ for many reasons.
 I know how to _________. First...
 I think _____ was ________ for many reasons.
 I just learned facts about...
 Let me tell you about...
 It's fun to ________. First you...
 Many changes happen to __________ as they grow.
 My dream school
 My dream teacher
 What I would like to change about myself.
 My idea of hard work.
 What I REALLY enjoy doing.
 My worst fear is...
 A miserable feeling is when...
 What happened on my way home from school
 What happened on my way to school
 What I did last night (or last weekend)
 What I am doing tonight (or next weekend)
 What really bothers me
 What really excites me
 What really scares me
 What really surprises me
 The funniest thing I ever saw was...
 The scariest thing I ever saw was...
 My favorite movie is _______ ...explain
 My favorite tv program is _______ ...explain
 My favorite subject is _______ ...explain
 My least favorite subject is _______ ...explain
 My recipe for goonacke (make up a word)
 When my friend moved away
 I really hate it when...
 I really wonder about...
 I remember when I was ______ years old and...
 I remember when I first ate _____________ and...
 I remember when I first met _____________ and...
 If I could fly I would...
 If I could chose a time to live it would be ________ ...explain.
 When I'm old...
 Fifteen things I want to do in my lifetime
 Love is...
 Friendship is...
 Being happy is...
 When I get out of school...
 My best birthday
 My most embarrassing moment
 My favorite trip
 When I grow up
 In 20 years, I will be…
 I was most angry when…
 My worst mistake was...
 My safe place
 Three items I would place in a time capsule. Why?
 I don't leave home without ______ because...

 I woke up this morning the size of a blueberry (feeling like a blueberry, looking like a blueberry, etc.)
 I woke up one morning and everything was blue (missing, tiny, different, etc.)
 My pet, the shark (snake, flamingo, bear, etc.)
 My dog thinks he is president
 My pet dinosaur (iguana, kangaroo)
 My friend the robot
 My talking pen
 My magic carpet
 Suddenly everyone forgot who I was
 The day the food on my plate began to move
 The day I became Waldo (or some weird person, famous person, etc)
 The day I went bungee jumping (sky diving...)
 The day I babysat a monkey
 The day I became a cartoon character
 The day I caught a porcupine
 The day I became a dentist, (rock climber, astronaut, singer, artist)
 The day I won power
 The day I met the president
 The day the teacher was gone and they asked me to be the substitute!
 The day my pet fish began to sing (talk, do tricks, etc.)
 The day it snowed twenty feet
 The day the sun grew
 The day the sandwich turned into a _________?
 The night the Martians landed
 The night before Halloween
 The night I saw the Tooth Fairy
 The night I saw a monster
 The night the lights went out
 The year it wouldn't stop raining (snowing)
 The crazy day started when I was on my way to school... (downtown, to Grandma's)
 A day in the White House
 The great flood (earthquake, tornado, etc.)
 Suddenly my submarine sprang a leak
 The trap door in my closet
 While I was walking home from school...
 I would use a magic wand to...
 In the year 2099...
 On planet Zeon...
 I heard a noise under my bed
 There was a loud knock at the door
 As I was walking on the beach...

If I . . .
 If I could have a worm farm...
 If I could move anywhere in the U.S. (world, state, etc)...
 If I could apologize to one person...
 If I could make all the rules...
 If I could speak to animals...
 If I could climb a rainbow...
 If I could change shape...
 If I could meet anyone in the world...
 If I could ride on the Magic School Bus...
 If I had a brontosaurus...
 If I had 3 wishes, I would wish for...
 If I had $1,000,000...
 If I had a twin...
 If I had an airplane
 If I were stranded alone on an island (in an elevator, etc)...
 If I were trapped in an elevator...
 If I were in a blizzard...
 If I were stranded in the woods...
 If I were one inch tall...
 If I were invisible...
 If I were the teacher...
 If I were principal...
 If I were a fence post...
 If I were boiling...
 If I were an animal, I would be...
 If I were a rock...
 If I were a bird...
 If I were a pencil...
 If I were a movie star...
 If I lived in a castle...
 If I lived in a cave...
 If I lived in a tree...
 If I lived in a spaceship...
 If I lived underwater...
 If I lived on a mountain...
 If I won the lottery
 If I got to be captain of a boat

 Green eggs and ham
 Jellybeans
 Worms
 Shoes
 Aliens
 Pets
 Good luck charms
 Haunted houses
 Clowns
 Chores
 Homework
 Sports
 Dancing
 Flying
 Fishing
 Cooking
 Playing
 How to make____________

 George Washington
 Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Abe Lincoln
 Columbus
 Johnny Appleseed
 Helen Keller
 Benjamin Franklin
 Betsy Ross
 Rosa Parks
 Sally Ride
 The Boxcar Children
 Arthur
 Clifford
 Curious George
 Junie B. Jones
 Nate the Great
 Doctors
 Teachers
 Scientists
 Lawyers
 Mechanics
 Artists
 Singers
 Writers
 Dancers
 Dentists
 Vets
 Pharmacists
 Mail Carriers
 Fire Fighters
 Police Officers
 Ambulance Squad Members
 Secretaries
 Computer Programmers
 Actors
 Athletes
 News Anchors
 Jewelers

Using Your Imagination
 Pretend you are a raindrop. Where would you land and what would happen along the way?
 Write a conversation that a shoe might have with a sock. (circle/square)
 If you and your best friend could have a free limo for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?
 What is a best friend?
 You could to travel to any city or country in the world.
Where would you go and why?
 Describe a dream that you had. Give as many details as possible.
 You have an extra $100,000 to give away, and you cannot spend it on yourself. What would you do with the money?
 If you were an insect, what kind would you be and why?
 Your mother has just returned from a distant planet and brought you back an alien pet- describe it in detail.
 Design your dream house (school, room, classroom, playground etc)
 Write a letter to me and tell me what you'd like to learn this year.
 Write the direction from your house to school.
 Write a description of your favorite toy, room in your house, favorite relative, etc.
 If the items in your lunch box could talk, what would they say?
 Write 3 questions you would like to ask your teacher.
 Write a story called "Meet My ______"
 What is your favorite food and how do you make it?
 List all the reasons why people need to know how to read.
 What do you think would happen if an elephant walked into the schoolyard?
 What color do you think love is? Explain your answer.
 What color do you think hate is? Explain your answer.
 How do you think rain sounds when it falls?
 How does happiness feel?

This list taken from

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