Here are 10 Arbor Day writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.
J. Sterling Morton, a nature lover and journalist, started spreading his
enthusiasm for trees when he became the editor of a Nebraska newspaper in the
1850s. What subjects might you talk about if you were in control of a type of
news? Would you use your influence for improving the world or helping yourself?
After becoming a member of the Nebraska government, Morton continued to stress
the need for trees and eventually put together the tree-planting holiday Arbor
Day on April 10, 1872. Imagine that you had an idea so good that you'd be
willing to spend decades on achieving it. What might such an idea be? How would
you make it a reality?
Over one million trees were planted on that first unofficial Arbor Day. How
long do you think it would take you, your family, and your friends to plant
that many trees? What would be the most difficult part of this agricultural
work and why?
The holiday spread throughout many other states and is now celebrated in all 50
states and in many countries. Imagine that you started a trend that spread to
every other person in your school or neighborhood. What might that trend be?
How would you feel being the person who started such a popular way of doing
One reason the holiday became so popular is because of the many benefits of
trees. What are some positive aspects of trees that you can think of? Why might
having millions of new trees throughout the world each year be important?
While trees are important to humans, they also serve as the home to many different
types of organisms in nature. Imagine that you were a small creature living in
a tree. What might your day-to-day life be like? How would you show your
appreciation for the tree you lived in?
Even though trees are so important, many of them are cut down every year
throughout the world for various reasons. What are some of the reasons trees
get chopped down? What could happen in a wooded area if trees don't get
You have been asked to hold an AD festival in your town. What events
might you organize to celebrate the holiday? How would you get everybody in the
area to attend? What would have to happen at the event for you to consider it a
success and why?
Arbor Day isn't just about planting trees, because the trees that are already
planted may need help too. Imagine that you were a tree doctor who went around
tending to sick trees. How might you make a sick tree become healthy again?
780. There is a tree in Inyo County, California,
named Methuselah that is thought to be over 4,800 years old. Imagine that you
were Methuselah and you were able to watch the world change dramatically over
nearly 5,000 years of life. What would be some major events that stuck out to
you? How would you feel about living for so long and why?
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