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Sloth Story Starters - Animal Writing Prompts

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 5

Help students get over writers’ block with these cute sloth-themed writing prompts.

Encourage Reluctant Writers with Fun Writing Prompts about Sloths

If you have reluctant writers, it is often a chore to get them to write a paragraph or even a sentence. It takes a lot to get struggling writers moving, and one of the best ways to do that is to give them something fun to write about. Kids are happy to write about video games and playing outside, but what they love the most is writing about animals. Writing about animals is a good way to encourage kids to write for several reasons:

  • Kids have a natural fascination with animals.
  •  Many kids have pets or have encountered different animals, making writing about animals a familiar and comfortable topic.
  • Writing about animals can provide a lot of room for creativity and imagination, allowing kids to let their minds run wild and write stories and descriptions that are imaginative and fun.
  • Writing about animals can help kids develop their vocabulary as they learn new words to describe different animals and their behaviors.
  • Writing about animals can help kids improve their writing skills, such as sentence structure, storytelling, and descriptive writing.

Get those creative juices flowing with these adorable sloth-themed writing prompt worksheets. If you have reluctant writers, these worksheets are a great way to inspire them and get them to write. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding  

If you have students that have finished these worksheets earlier than others, have them proofread their work and encourage them to expand 1-2 sentences to make them more interesting, or encourage them to use some new vocabulary.

For those students who may find this challenging, have them sit in a small group and brainstorm together. Write up some more vocabulary on the board for them to utilize and encourage them to think of their personal writing goals, so they know what they need to work towards.

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Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.


This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a teacher in Florida and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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