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Descriptive Writing Fifth Grade Writing Lessons and Prompts

Descriptive Writing Prompts with Fiction
     Goodies for Good Friends (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 1-5)

     Porter's Letters to Griffin (Reading Level 3; Interest Level 5)

     My Movie Moment (Reading Level 3; Interest Level 5)

     Just Right for Dad (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-5)

     Emma's Eyes (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Peace with Pizza (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Emma's Valentine's Day Mystery (Grades 3-4)

     Room 127: Jack Jumps (Story #3) (Grades 3-4)

     Room 127: Freddie Can Fly! (Story #2) (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Letters from Griffin (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Reaching for the Goal (Grades 3-5)

     Joey Roo and Something New (Grades 3-6; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Grammar Zoo Train (Grades 3-6)

     A Shooting Star over the Shoe Store (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Entertains a Pink Blobulus (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Gets Another Pet (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Gets his License (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Goes to a Potluck (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Has Pet Problems (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Has a Garage Sale (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Visits Earth (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Visits Washington, D.C. (Grades 3-6)

     Weird Earth Sayings (Grades 3-6)

     Where, Oh Where is Monty the Bear? (Grades 3-6)

     The Big Prize (Grades 3-6)

     That's How Ron Rolls: a Skateboarding Story (Reading Level 4; Interest Level 5)

     The Magic in Room 127: Isabella's Story (Grades 4-5)

     The Myth of the Man-eating Monster (Grades 4-5)

     Aliens: Fact or Fiction? (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     The Day the Seagulls Attacked (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Gooaalllll! (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 2-9)

     Soccer History by Mail (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-9)

     A New Game Show on Planet Pearth! (Grades 4-6)

     Animal Outlaws, Volume 2 (Grades 4-6)

     Big Bob Loves Blue (Grades 4-6)

     Escape from the Vampire (Grades 4-6)

     Funny Police Reports out West (Grades 4-6)

     How to Lose Friends and Annoy People (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Gets a Job (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Goes to Summer Camp (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Meets a Bully (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Runs for Class President (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Visits a Carnival (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Visits a Cosmic Garden (Grades 4-6)

     More Weird Earth Sayings (Grades 4-6)

     Rent-a-Genie, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     Rent-a-Genie, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     Rex's Delectable Food Phrases (Grades 4-6)

     Savannah Banana Loves Yellow (Grades 4-6)

     Scarlet Tiara Loves Red (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to Find Your Hidden Talent (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to Paint Your Room! (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to be a Superhero (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book Three (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book Three (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     A Mythic Order Adventure (Reading Level 5; Interest Level 7)

     Zephyr's Choice, Book 1 (Reading Level 5; Interest Level 9)

     Zephyr's Choice, Book 2: The Escape (Reading Level 5; Interest Level 9)

     Science Solves Video Games (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-7)


Descriptive Writing Prompts with Nonfiction
     Doggie Lingo (Grades 2-6)

     Oil in the Gulf (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-9)

     High-Flying Fun (Grades 3-4)

     Life on a Tour Bus (Grades 3-4)

     Pump It Up: All About Your Blood (Grades 3-4)

     P.U. Plants (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Crazy Cars: Wild and Wacky Rides (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Strange but True: Crazy Facts about Food (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Can You Believe it? Wild and Wacky Truths from Around the World (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Oops! More Wild and Wacky Sports Injuries (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     The French Quarter's Quarterback: Drew Brees (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Your Teeth (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Tiffany Visits an Alpaca Farm (Grades 3-5)

     From the Ground Up (Grades 3-5)

     Alive or Not? (Grades 3-5)

     Helen Keller (Grades 3-5)

     Rocks and Minerals (Grades 3-5)

     Desert Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Ocean Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     All-Terrain Vehicles (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Auto Racing (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Prairie Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Temperate Forest Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Types of Auto Racing (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Smoke Jumpers (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     History of Hip Hop (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How Do You Make a Video Game? (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How a Bicycle Works (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Mapping ABC Style (Grades 3-6)

     Amazing Penguins (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Sharks (Grades 4-5)

     Sharks (Grades 4-5)

     Snakes (Grades 4-5)

     The Full Moon (Grades 4-5)

     Awesome Inventions (Grades 4-5)

     Meat Munching Plants (Grades 4-5)

     Meet Dave the Bug Eater (Grades 4-5)

     Cycling's Superstar: Lance Armstrong (Grades 4-5)

     Shaquille O'Neal (Grades 4-5)

     Shaun White: Action Sport Superstar (Grades 4-5)

     Wild and Wacky Color Facts (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Home Sweet Home: Wild and Wacky Houses around the World (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     Underground Treasure: The New York Gold Vault (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     Stop the Car! Wild and Wacky Road Trip Sites (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide: Snakebite (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     It's a Chocolate Thing (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-7)

     Alive at Twenty-Five Driving Day! (Grades 4-6)

     Bald Eagles (Grades 4-6)

     Baleen Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Deserts (Grades 4-6)

     Let's Go Fly a Kite! (Grades 4-6)

     May Day (Grades 4-6)

     Plants in the Rainforest (Grades 4-6)

     Tiffany's Foster Puppies (Grades 4-6)

     Toothed Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Animals and the Oil Spill (Grades 4-6)

     Monster Trucks (Grades 4-6)

     Your Amazing Blood (Grades 4-6)

     Machu Picchu: The City in the Clouds (Grades 4-6)

     Dog Mushing (Grades 4-6)

     The Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth (Grades 4-6)

     Roller Coasters (Grades 4-6)

     Hall of Records at Mount Rushmore (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-13)

     Cameras (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     History of Country Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How We Play Recorded Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Many Faces of Rock Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Motorcycles (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Mysterious Cities (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Origami (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     The History of Pop Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Tropical Rainforests (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Types of Video Games (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Veterinarian (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     CSI: Blood Clues (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Electricians (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 7-9)

     The ABCs of Geometry (Grades 4-7; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     The Legend Behind the Poem (Grades 4-7; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     Making Money: a Rewarding Experience (Reading Level 5; Interest Level 9)

     Animals That Use Mimicry (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Classifying Invertebrate Animals (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Rainbows (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Famous Pyramids (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Mitosis: Cell Division (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Reading a Weather Map (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Amazing Cranes (Grades 5-6)

     Amazing Moths (Grades 5-6)

     Amazing Spiders (Grades 5-6)

     Big Cats That Roar (Grades 5-6)

     Clouds (Grades 5-6)

     Dall Sheep (Grades 5-6)

     Dandelions (Grades 5-6)

     Giraffes (Grades 5-6)

     Macaws (Grades 5-6)

     Monotremes (Grades 5-6)

     Sea Lions (Grades 5-6)

     The Animals of Madagascar (Grades 5-6)

     The Great Barrier Reef (Grades 5-6)

     Derek Jeter (Grades 5-6)

     Extinct Birds (Grades 5-6)

     CSI: Fingerprints (Grades 5-6)

     President Barack Obama (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Who "Dat?" That's Drew Brees! (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 9-12)

     Extreme Destinations (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Extreme Sports: Going to Extremes (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     Fossils From Bone Cabin Quarry, 1898 (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     All About Snow (Grades 5-7)

     The Water Cycle (Grades 5-7)

     CSI: Careers in Forensics (Grades 5-7)

     CSI: DNA Evidence (Grades 5-7)

     Snowmobiles (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     The History of Computers (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 6-9)

     Amazing Mazes (Grades 5-8)

     Bringing in the New Year (Grades 5-8)

     Chichén Itzá (Grades 5-8)

     Endangered Animals (Grades 5-8)

     Gargoyles (Grades 5-8)

     Gypsies (Grades 5-8)

     Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Grades 5-8)

     Pirates: Fact or Fiction? (Grades 5-8)

     Pizza (Grades 5-8)

     Plants on the Arctic Tundra (Grades 5-8)

     The Northern Lights (Grades 5-8)

     Totem Poles (Grades 5-8)

     Let's Eat: Unusual Foods! (Grades 5-8)

     Let's Go Riding: Snowmobile Fun! (Grades 5-8)

     Haiti Then and Now (Grades 6-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     Sedimentary Rocks: Clastic and Non-clastic (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     From Teenager to Teen Idol: Taylor Swift (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     Shaping the Super Bowl (Grades 7-9; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)


Descriptive Writing Books
     Magnificent Mackinac (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 1-6)

     Earth Hour Sleepover (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     Not Just Another Bus Ride (Grades 3-4)

     Oh My! It's a Monk Seal! (Grades 3-4)

     A Day to Remember (Grades 3-4)

     Are You Ready to Run? (Grades 3-4)

     A Weekend in the Smokies (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Leap Year (Grades 3-5)

     Ogres (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Sandcastles on the Beach (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     You and Your Favorite Color (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Rocky Mountain National Park Adventure (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-9)

     Animal Outlaws (Grades 4-6)

     What's in a Name? (Grades 4-6)

     Centaurs (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Unicorns (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Werewolves (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King! (Grades 5-6)

     Vampires (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)


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