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Expository Writing Fifth Grade Writing Lessons and Prompts

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

     Lucky Leprechauns (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 1-5)

     The Gingerbread Man (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 1-5)

     Oh Man, Stan! (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 4-5)

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

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

     Percy the Penguin (Grades 3-4)

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

     Collecting For a Collection (Grades 3-5)

     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 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)

     The Big Prize (Grades 3-6)

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

     Fun Facts About Frogs (Grades 4-5)

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

     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)

     The Story of Cupid and Psyche (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 3: Victory (Reading Level 5; Interest Level 9)

     Zebras (Grades 5-6)

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


Expository Writing Prompts with Nonfiction
     Emperor Penguins (Grades 2-3)

     Bats Are Like Birds - Aren't They? (Grades 2-3)

     Giant Pandas (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     Strange but True: Wild and Wacky Laws (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     Munchable Mysteries: Busting Food Myths (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Ladybugs! (Grades 2-4; Interest Level: Grades 1-6)

     Chipmunks (Grades 2-4)

     Columbus Day (Grades 2-4)

     National Hispanic Heritage Month (Grades 2-4)

     Pumpkin, Pumpkin, We Like Pumpkin! (Grades 2-4)

     What Do You Know About Polar Bears? (Grades 2-4)

     Weird and Wonderful You! Book #1 (Grades 2-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Doggie Lingo (Grades 2-6)

     Professor Know-It-Owl Explains the Seasons (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-5)

     Backyard Birds (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Hooray for Halloween! (Grades 3-4)

     Life on a Tour Bus (Grades 3-4)

     Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. (Grades 3-4)

     The Man Who Followed Favre: Aaron Rodgers (Grades 3-4)

     What Do Animals Do During the Winter? (Grades 3-4)

     Strange but True: Wild and Wacky Sports (Grades 3-4)

     Bug Off! Bizarre Bugs From Around the World (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Extreme Snow (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Mind Your Animal Manners (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Your Cat's Baffling Behavior (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Meet Bigfoot (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Presidential Pets (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Wild and Wacky Athlete Injuries (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Weird and Wonderful You! Book #2 (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     In the Pit...With the Crew: A NASCAR Pit Crew (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Meet Miranda Cosgrove (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Pass it Peyton! Peyton Manning (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Watch Out! It's a Wolfsnail! (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide: Quicksand (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     All in the Family: The Manning Brothers (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     Apples, From the Farm to You! (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     How We Hear Sounds (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Music From A to Z (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Phases of the Moon (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Prairie Dogs (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     What Causes the Seasons? (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

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

     I Broke My Arm! (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-8)

     Meet the Orchestra (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-8)

     The History of Labor Day (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-8)

     Is It a Raven or a Crow? (Grades 3-5)

     Tiffany Visits an Alpaca Farm (Grades 3-5)

     Groundhog Day: The History and the Holiday (Grades 3-5)

     From the Ground Up (Grades 3-5)

     Alive or Not? (Grades 3-5)

     Autumn's Changing Colors (Grades 3-5)

     Autumn's Changing Colors (Grades 3-5)

     Constitution Day (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)

     The ABCs of Baroque Music (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     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)

     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)

     Spiders: Carnivores Without Teeth (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     What Does MyPlate Want You to Put on Your Plate? (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     You Could be an Olympic Athlete! (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     Ten Fascinating Facts About Bats (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     All About Frogs (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Arctic Birds (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Frogs (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Owls (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Penguins (Grades 4-5)

     Amazing Sharks (Grades 4-5)

     Ants (Grades 4-5)

     Beavers (Grades 4-5)

     Butterflies (Grades 4-5)

     Desert Plants (Grades 4-5)

     Glaciers (Grades 4-5)

     Hyenas (Grades 4-5)

     Marsupials: Kangaroos and Koalas (Grades 4-5)

     Owls (Grades 4-5)

     Porcupines (Grades 4-5)

     Sharks (Grades 4-5)

     Snakes (Grades 4-5)

     Squirrels (Grades 4-5)

     Back to School All Around the World (Grades 4-5)

     Big, Bigger, and Biggest Animals (Grades 4-5)

     Getting to Know the Jonas Brothers (Grades 4-5)

     Meat Munching Plants (Grades 4-5)

     Meet Dave the Bug Eater (Grades 4-5)

     Meet President Obama (Grades 4-5)

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

     The Crazy Crashes of NASCAR (Grades 4-5)

     Bright Lights in the Deep, Dark Sea (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Cleanup in the Gulf (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Kelly Pickler: From Small Town Girl to Big Time Star (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Pet Power: Animals to the Rescue (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Unlikely Animal Friends (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Your Dog's Baffling Behavior (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Eww! Being Stinky to Stay Safe (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Extreme Floods (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     My Body Can Do That? (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     The Titanic: The "Unsinkable Ship" that Sank (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Weird and Wild Sports from Around the World (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Military Machines (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     The Greatest Spectacle in Racing (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 1-8)

     Explorers of North America (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     The Inside Story of Your Teeth (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

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

     How Sound Travels (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Ocean Life in the Intertidal Zone (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Your Skeleton (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Oh, the Stories He Wrote! The Life of Dr. Seuss (Grades 4-6)

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

     Animals in the Rainforest (Grades 4-6)

     Bald Eagles (Grades 4-6)

     Hermit Crabs (Grades 4-6)

     How Caves Are Formed (Grades 4-6)

     Landmarks of the United States (Grades 4-6)

     Redwoods (Grades 4-6)

     Seals in Alaska (Grades 4-6)

     Tiffany's Foster Puppies (Grades 4-6)

     Whales (Grades 4-6)

     What's Inside a Cave? (Grades 4-6)

     Animals and the Oil Spill (Grades 4-6)

     Monster Trucks (Grades 4-6)

     Photosynthesis (Grades 4-6)

     The Sport of Climbing (Grades 4-6)

     Under the Big Top: Circus Performers (Grades 4-6)

     Your Amazing Blood (Grades 4-6)

     Why Do We Have Red Ribbon Week? (Grades 4-6)

     How About a Corn Snake for a Pet? (Grades 4-6)

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

     Storm Chasers: Into the Storm (Grades 4-6)

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

     Anne Frank (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-10)

     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)

     Pirate Ships and Pirate Crews (Grades 4-8)

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

     A Look Into Space (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

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

     Bo Obama, the First Dog (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)

     See the Light (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Sinkholes: Erosion Under the Ground (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

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

     What Time Is It? (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Your Amazing Brain! (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

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

     The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-10)

     The Story of USS Arizona (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-10)

     A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Chemical and Physical Changes (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     El Nino (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Everglades National Park (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

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

     Life in Colonial America (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Matter, Atoms, Molecules, and Elements (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

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

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

     Ocean Zones (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Olympic National Park (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Out of This World (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

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

     The Neritic Zone (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     The Sense of Taste (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     The Sense of Touch (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     The Solution Is Lemonade (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Amazing Cranes (Grades 5-6)

     Amazing Sea Turtles (Grades 5-6)

     Animals in Antarctica (Grades 5-6)

     Antarctica Explorers: The Race to the South Pole (Grades 5-6)

     Big Cats That Don't Roar (Grades 5-6)

     Butterfly Families (Grades 5-6)

     Camels (Grades 5-6)

     Clouds (Grades 5-6)

     Condors (Grades 5-6)

     Cranes (Grades 5-6)

     Dall Sheep (Grades 5-6)

     Dandelions (Grades 5-6)

     Frederick Douglass (Grades 5-6)

     Giraffes (Grades 5-6)

     Gray Wolves (Grades 5-6)

     Ice Cream (Grades 5-6)

     Lions (Grades 5-6)

     Macaws (Grades 5-6)

     Monarch Butterflies (Grades 5-6)

     Moose (Grades 5-6)

     Muskoxen (Grades 5-6)

     My, Oh, My! Mummy Tales From Around the World (Grades 5-6)

     Pacific Walruses (Grades 5-6)

     Polar Bears (Grades 5-6)

     Pumpkins (Grades 5-6)

     Rainbows (Grades 5-6)

     Sea Turtles (Grades 5-6)

     Small Cats (Grades 5-6)

     The Emergency Room (Grades 5-6)

     The Rhinoceros (Grades 5-6)

     Vampire Bats (Grades 5-6)

     Watch Out! I'm Dangerous! (Grades 5-6)

     Fun Facts about America's First President (Grades 5-6)

     Invasive Species (Grades 5-6)

     The AC/DC War (Grades 5-6)

     The Periodic Table (Grades 5-6)

     The Universe (Grades 5-6)

     Wet and Wild Water Slides (Grades 5-6)

     Punkin Chunkin' (Grades 5-6)

     CSI: Fingerprints (Grades 5-6)

     Welcome Aboard Air Force One (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Jennifer Hudson (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 7-9)

     So You Want to Be a Fashion Designer? (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 7-12)

     Wow! The New Seven Wonders of the World! (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 7-12)

     Animal Invaders (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Solving the Mystery of What Killed the Dinosaurs (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-10)

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

     All About Snow (Grades 5-7)

     Hedgehogs (Grades 5-7)

     Salamanders (Grades 5-7)

     What's Behind the Mask? (Grades 5-7)

     As Quick as Lightning (Grades 5-7)

     Classical Music 1750-1820 (Grades 5-7)

     Earth's Tectonic Plates (Grades 5-7)

     Madam C.J. Walker (Grades 5-7)

     The National Baseball Hall of Famers: The First Ten (Grades 5-7)

     Where Dinosaurs Walked (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)

     El Camino de la Muerte: The Road of Death (Grades 5-8)

     Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize (Grades 5-8)

     Animals on the Arctic Tundra (Grades 5-8)

     Bringing in the New Year (Grades 5-8)

     Famous Pirates (Grades 5-8)

     Frisbees (Grades 5-8)

     Gargoyles (Grades 5-8)

     Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Grades 5-8)

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

     The Tower of London (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)

     The World of Skateboarding (Grades 5-8)

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

     Antarctica, Land of Surprises (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     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)

     Explorers of the New World (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     One Hundred Years of White House Pets (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 5-9)

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


Expository Writing Books
     If I Lived at the White House... (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 3-5)

     Philly's Dream Come True (Grades 2-4; Interest Level: Grades 1-5)

     The Message of Red Ribbon Week (Grades 2-4)

     Chang's Chinese New Year (Grades 3-4)

     The Smoke Detector Saved Me! (Grades 3-4)

     The Trip in Time (Grades 3-4)

     Dream a Little Dream...What Does it Mean? (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     The Hummingbird That Lost Its Hum (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 1-5)

     The Twelve Days of Christmas (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

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

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

     Wild and Wacky Money Myths and Traditions (Grades 4-5)

     A Trip to the International Space Station (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Busting Bad Luck Myths (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     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)

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

     Nessie and Friends: Famous Lake Monsters (Grades 5-8)


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