Grade 4 creative writing topics

Grade 4 creative writing topics DEFAULT

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  1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?
  2. Describe one time when you were brave.
  3. If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.
  4. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.
  5. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.
  6. Describe your favorite character from a book, a movie, or television.
  7. Write a story titled, "My Journey on a Pirate Ship." You and your friends can star in the story.
  8. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.
  9. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, tell what they're like. If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.
  10. If you could have lunch with any famous person who would it be? What would you talk about with this person?
  11. Write a story titled, "The Bat Who Couldn't Fly."
  12. Imagine you were a wonderful painter and your parents would let you paint anything you wanted on your bedroom walls. What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.
  13. Describe the oldest person you know.
  14. Describe the youngest person you know.
  15. Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.
  16. How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.
  17. Imagine you worked at a football stadium. What would your job be? (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you would do while you were on the job.
  18. What do you like best about your home?
  1. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Describe what happens when you're on the show.
  2. Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.
  3. Write a story titled, "The Baby Dragon."
  4. Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.
  5. Would you want to visit the moon? Why or why not?
  6. If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.
  7. Which superpower would you most like to have-- invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers.
  8. Think of a time when you've won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.
  9. Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it.
  10. Describe one thing you're really good at.
  11. Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like.
  12. If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children's doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like.

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Creative Writing Journal Prompts


Creative Writing Prompts: 
Ideas, Lists, and Teaching Resources

Creative Writing Prompts, Ideas, and Teaching Resources
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Are you looking for a comprehensive list of creative writing prompts and journal ideas for your students?

On this page, you will find a large list of writing topics that will spark creative ideas in your students during journal and creative writing activities.

I have created these writing lists during my 22 years of teaching experience. I have grouped these creative writing prompts together into categories of similar topics to make it easier for you to find writing ideas in the area that you are interested in.

First, you will find creative writing prompts for each month of the year. On these monthly web pages, you will find topics that pertain to each month's themes, holidays, and events. You will also find writing ideas for specific dates and events for each month.

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Second, you will find general writing prompts that you can use all year long with your students. I have divided these general creative writing prompts into the following categories: school, favorites things, friendship, memories, personal and feelings, famous people, animals, create or invent, what if, and story starters.

I have created this list of writing ideas for elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative writing prompts are also appropriate for other grade levels as well.

As you read through these creative writing prompts, you will find links to related lesson plans found on Unique Teaching Resources. When appropriate, I have also included useful links to other informational websites. that will help save you time in planning your lesson activities.

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I hope that you will be able to find some creative writing prompts in the following lists that will be fun and engaging for your students to write about throughout the school year.

  1. School
  2. Favorite Things
  3. Friendship
  4. Memories
  5. Personal and Feelings
  6. Famous People
  7. Animals
  8. Create or Invent
  9. What If (things that could possibly happen)
  10. What If (using your imagination)
  11. Story Starters (creative ideas for beginning stories)

Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Elementary School Students
  • What are your goals for this school year? 
  • What are 5 things that you can do to become a better student?
  • Compare what it was like being in first grade to the grade that you are in now.
  • The most important thing that I learned last year in school was ...
  • What is your most significant memory from each grade level in school?
  • Write about your favorite subject in school. What is your least favorite subject?
  • If you could eliminate one subject or one activity to your school day, what would it be?
  • Invent a new subject for school.
  • The best things about a computer is ...
  • If I were a character in a book, I'd be _____ because ...
  • Ten crazy reasons why I couldn't do my homework.
  • A kind teacher that I will always remember.
  • If you were a teacher, what subject would you most like to teach? What grade level would you most like to work with?
  • If you were the principal of this school, what would you do?
  • If you were a principal and you had to hire some new teachers for your school, what qualities would you look for in a teacher? Explain what would make a good teacher.
  • If you had to design a new uniform for your school, what would it look like?
  • Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Elementary School Lunch Menu
  • If you could choose any animal for a class pet, what animal would you choose and why?
  • I would add this food item to our school cafeteria.
  • If you were asked to design a menu for the cafeteria for one week, what would it consist of?
  • Everyone likes snacks! Write instructions that explain how to make a healthy snack that would be good to pack in your lunch box.
  • Write an essay on the benefits of a healthy diet.

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Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Favorite Sports
  • What is your favorite game? Explain how you play your favorite game.
  • Describe your favorite toy and when you received this toy.
  • What is your favorite hobby? How often do you get to do this activity? Is this something that you are good at, or are you just learning how to do this activity?
  • Describe your favorite sport and explain the rules for playing this game.
  • What is your favorite athletic team? Describe why this is your favorite team.
  • Who is your favorite athlete? Describe the sport that this athlete is famous for and why you admire this athlete.
  • Which is your favorite season and why?
  • What is your favorite type of weather? Why? Write about the activities that you do during this type of weather.
  • What is your favorite holiday and why? What traditions do you and your family share during this holiday?
  • What are your favorite foods? What are your least favorite foods?
  • Describe your favorite restaurant.
  • Describe how to prepare your favorite meal.
  • What is your favorite television show and why?
  • What is your favorite movie and why?
  • What is your favorite song and why?
  • Write about your favorite pop star. Explain his/her music and why it appeals to people.

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Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Best Friends and Friendship
  • What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  • How do you try to be a good friend to others?
  • Can you remember your first friend? Who was it? What were some of the things that you did together?
  • Describe your best friend.
  • How would you feel if your best friend was moving to a different country?
  • Describe a time when you had a disagreement with your best friend.
  • What is most important to you in a friend: loyalty, generosity, honesty? Why?
  • Your friend wants to come to your house. Write directions telling how to get to your house from school.
  • What would you do if you saw a friend cheating? Would you report it, confront the friend, or say nothing? Why?
  • If another child was making fun of your best friend or bullying them, what would you do? Write about how you would help your friend in a positive way.
  • Your friend was absent from school today. Write a letter to tell your friend what happened in school today and what he/she missed.
  • Interview a classmate.

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Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Feelings and Emotions
  • Think of a real experience you have had that would be hard to forget. Think about what makes it so hard to forget. Tell what happened.
  • Write about a time you experienced or learned something for the first time.
  • Write about a time when you were surprised.
  • Write about a time when you were embarrassed.
  • What is one of the funniest things that has ever happened to you?
  • Write about one person who has made a difference in your life.
  • Think of a time when you achieved a personal goal. How did you feel when you accomplished this goal?
  • Recall a time when you felt really disappointed about something.
  • Think about a time when you felt scared about something.
  • What is the most special gift that you have ever received?
  • What is the nicest thing that you have done for someone?
  • What is the toughest decision that you ever had to make? What made this decision so difficult?
  • Have you ever done or said something that you regret? How would you change these words or actions if you were in this situation today?
  • Almost everyone has had at least one teacher who is hard to forget. Write about a teacher that you will always remember.
  • Write about a disastrous trip or vacation.
  • Write about your favorite trip or vacation.
  • Write about a trip to the zoo.
  • Describe the most beautiful place or scene you ever saw.
  • Describe a visit to the dentist.
  • Describe a time that you were hurt or a time you were in the hospital.
  • Write about a time that you went to an amusement park or fair.
  • Weather can affect your life. Think about a time in your life when you have been affected by some kind of weather.

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Journal Prompts Writing Ideas World Peace
  • How would you make this world a better place to live in?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What is one thing that you wish you could do better?
  • What do you want to do when you finish school? Is there anything you can do right now to prepare for your future plans?
  • What do you think is the "perfect" age to be? If you could choose one age and stay that age forever, what would you choose?
  • I wish I could be like.... This person is special because....
  • Have you ever had to apologize for something you did? How did you feel before and after the apology?
  • Do you own anything that is so special that you would never sell it for any price? Explain why you would never sell this object.
  • What advice would you give to someone who stole something but now feels guilty?
  • Which country would you most like to visit the most? Why?
  • If I could live anywhere in the world it would be ...
  • Traveling to Any Country in the World
  • How would you feel if you learned that you were moving to a new city next month?
  • Your family has just moved to a country where you don't speak the language. What would you do? How would you feel?
  • What would you do if you were invited to two parties on the same day?
  • Describe a typical day in your life. Use sensory detail (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) to make your daily experiences come to life.
  • Write about what you do on the weekends. How do your weekends differ from your weekdays?
  • How do you like to spend your free time?
  • Describe the clothes you are wearing. Why did you choose these clothes to wear today?
  • Do you have any nicknames? Describe where the nicknames came from and what they mean to you. If you don't have a nickname, choose one for yourself and explain why you chose this nickname.
  • Should children have strict bedtimes? What do you think is a fair bedtime for children your age and why?
  • Write about your brothers and sisters. If you don't have any, do you wish you did?
  • What do you think is the most significant invention ever made?
  • Name three inventions you could not live without and explain why they are so important to you.

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Newspaper Reporter Elementary School Writing Prompts
  • Who is a person that is alive today that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask this person?
  • Who is a person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask this famous person?
  • If you could change places with anyone, who would it be and why?
  • What TV or movie star would you like to invite to your birthday party?
  • If you could take 3 famous people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?
  • Pretend that you won a contest to go on a concert tour with your favorite music singer. Write a story about your adventure.
  • You have won a contest to go out to dinner with your favorite movie star. Which movie star will you select and which restaurant will you choose?
  • Imagine that you are a talk-show host and getting ready to interview a famous person. Prepare for the interview by writing some questions that will help you learn useful and interesting information about your guest.

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Journal Prompts and Ideas Cool Pet and Dog Writing Ideas
  • What kind of pet would you most like to have? Why? What responsibilities would you have in order to take care of this pet?
  • What kind of pet do you have? Describe this pet. If you don't have any, what kind of pet would you like to have?
  • Write a description on an extinct species and what would have happened if it were still alive.
  • If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?
  • Invent a new animal. Describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, how it moves, and what it eats.
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island and could take one animal to accompany you, what animal would you take with you?
  • What would happen if you could talk to animals? What would you ask them?
  • What would it be like to have a pet dinosaur?
  • What would it be like if you were a bird and you could fly?
  • What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
  • What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?

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Journal Prompts and Writing Ideas: Create or Invent Something New
  • Think about an invention that you'd like to have or make. Write about what this new device would do and why you'd like to use it.
  • If you could create a new T.V. show, what would it be about?
  • You have been chosen to create a movie based on your favorite book. Which book would you choose? Which actors would you choose to play the lead roles?
  • You've designed a new video game for kids. What is it like?
  • If you could create your own website on any topic at all, what would it be? Write about why you chose this topic, what the website would contain, and who else you think might be interested in going to your site.
  • If you could open a business of your own, what kind of business would it be?
  • If you could build the world's greatest playground, what would be in it?
  • Create an imaginary country and describe its rivers, mountains, exports, customs, holidays, money, climate, history, and politics.
  • You have invented a time machine. Which time in the past will you visit first?
  • Create a new planet. Describe the important features of the landscape, what the climate is like, and if there are any life forms on this planet.
  • Create a new holiday. What would this holiday celebrate? How would you celebrate it? Would there be any special food or symbols for your holiday?
  • Invent a new animal and describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, how it moves, and what it eats.
  • Sometimes we eat something that we think tastes disgusting. Think of a food that you do not like and create a new recipe for it that you think would improve the flavor of it.
  • Create a new car for the future. What special features would this car have that cars do not have today?

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Journal Prompt Writing Idea Winning a Million Dollars
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • What would you do if you had a million dollars to donate to a person or a charity?
  • What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?
  • Describe a "fantasy" day in your life. If you could design a whole day to do anything and everything you wanted, what would you choose to do?
  • If you could take lessons to learn how to do something new, what would you choose to learn?
  • If you could learn to speak a new language fluently, which language would you choose and why?
  • When you get to school, there's a sign on the door stating, "School is Closed." What would you want during this day?
  • If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island and could send out one message in a bottle, what would you write in your message?
  • If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island and could take three items with you, what three items would you take and why?
  • What would you do if you were the President?
  • What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good or bad? Why?
  • If you could be a new character on your favorite T.V. show, who would you be?
  • Describe your favorite T.V. show and your new role in it.
  • If you could participate in an Olympic event, which event would you choose and why?
  • If you could break the Guiness Book of Records, what would it would be for?
  • Imagine that there were no telephones, cell phones, or computers. Write about the different ways that you would communicate with people in different places.

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Journal Writing Prompts and Ideas for Being a Superhero
  • If you could choose one superpower to have for a day, which superpower would you select? Describe your day as a superhero.
  • What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
  • What would you do if you were the tallest person in the world?
  • What would you do if you were one inch tall?
  • What would happen if one morning you woke up and realized that you were invisible? Describe what happens.
  • What would you do if you found a magic carpet?
  • What would you do if you found a magic wand?
  • A flying saucer has been sighted over your town.
  • Aliens have abducted you as you were walking to school. Write a letter to your best friend on Earth telling him or her about this experience.
  • If you could make it rain anything except water, what would it rain? How would this rain affect people and the environment?
  • If you had a robot, how would the robot help you with your daily life?
  • If you could talk with Mother Nature, what questions would you ask her?
  • Describe an imaginary place that you'd like to visit.
  • If I could visit any planet in the solar system, I would go to...
  • Describe what it would be like if you lived on the moon.
  • 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 all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
  • One morning you wake up and look out the window and discover that a huge castle has appeared next door overnight.

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Journal Prompts and Ideas For Zoo Animals
  • Why do zebras have stripes?
  • This was the strangest zoo in the world ...
  • Newsflash: A _____ has escaped from the zoo!
  • I woke up and found a dinosaur in my back yard.
  • As I was walking through the forest, I stumbled upon a gigantic egg.
  • On my Africa safari, I suddenly came upon some poachers with a gun and they were about to shoot a ...
  • You don't normally see a ____ (animal) in/at a _____ (place)!
  • Something brushed up against my foot and my surprise turned to horror as I looked down and saw ...
  • Dear Teacher, I couldn't do my homework last night because ... (create an idea that a teacher has likely never heard of before)
  • The championship game was tied and there was one minute left in the game. I was suddenly passed the ball and ...
  • I had made it to the semifinals of American Idol and tonight ...
  • My dream came true and I was finally going to ...
  • Today I am attempting to break the world record for ...
  • I woke up, and could not remember my name or where I was. Then ...
  • It was an ordinary day, except for ...
  • It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my mom came into my bedroom and said ...
  • I opened my closet door, walked in, and suddenly I was in ...
  • My bed moved and I looked under my bed and saw ...
  • Late one night there was a knock on my front door ...
  • The elevator stopped suddenly, and I was stuck inside the elevator with ...
  • Everyone avoided the big old mansion. It was believed to have ...
  • It was not the birthday gift I was expecting.
  • As I looked in the mirror, I saw my hair turn ...
  • It happened so quickly I had no time to think, only react.
  • I was not expecting what was waiting for me just as I rounded the corner.
  • This was the worst place imaginable to run out of gas in my car!
  • My life as a pirate ...
  • My scuba diving adventure ...
  • My magical roller blades take me on exciting adventures.
  • I was the lead detective on a very difficult case to solve.
  • Moving to Antarctica ...
  • Inside the ancient Egyptian pyramid I discovered ...
  • After the king gave his orders, we all picked up our helmets, swords, and shields.
  • While sailing with Ponce De Leon, I helped him find the Fountain of Youth.
  • 5 ...4 ...3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF!

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4th Grade Writing Prompts

Students in fourth grade need varied practice developing their writing skills. According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, fourth-grade writing should include opinion pieces, informative or explanatory texts, and narratives about real or imagined experiences. Additionally, a fourth-grade writing curriculum should include short research projects. 

These writing prompts offer diverse forms of inspiration for every student.

Opinion Essay Writing Prompts

In an opinion essay, students must state their opinion and back it up with facts and reasons. Ideas should be organized logically and supported by details.

  1. Best Friends Forever. Write an essay explaining what makes your best friend the best best friend. 
  2. Awesomeness. Describe the most awesome thing about being in fourth grade.
  3. New Worlds. Would you rather help start a colony on a new planet or a city under the ocean? Why?
  4. School Food. Name one thing you would like to change about your school’s menu and explain why.
  5. Someday. If you could be a race car driver, an astronaut, or president of a country, which would you choose and why?
  6. Cityscapes. If you had a friend visit from another state, what is the one place in your city you would insist he or she had to see? What makes this place so special?
  7. Shipwrecked. You find yourself stranded on a deserted island with only three items in your backpack. What would you want those items to be and why?
  8. Flat Earth. Some people still believe that the Earth is flat. Do you agree or disagree? Include supporting facts.
  9. Extra! Extra! Name one class, sport, or club you wish your school offered and explain why it should be available.
  10. Seasons. Which season is your favorite and why?
  11. One-star. What is the worst book you have ever read and what made it so terrible?
  12. Fandom. Who is your favorite TV, movie, or music star? What makes him or her the best?
  13. Progress. Identify a way in which you would like to improve as a student this school year. Explain why you would like to get better and list some steps you can take to make it happen.

Informative Essay Writing Prompts

When writing an informative or explanatory essay, students should introduce the topic clearly, then develop the topic with facts and details. When explaining a process, students should outline the steps in a logical order.

  1. Bullied. Explain how you would handle being bullied and the steps you would take to stop a bully.
  2. Mad Skills. Describe an unusual talent, hobby, or skill that you possess.
  3. Cuisine. Describe a food that is unique to your family or area of the world to someone who has never tasted it.
  4. Role Model. Think of a person who has made an impact on your life and describe the role they’ve played.
  5. Pay It Forward. What is one thing you would like to do—either now or in the future—to make the world a better place?
  6. Packing. Explain the most effective way to pack for a trip to ensure that you have everything you need.
  7. Wild Kingdom. Of all the animals wild or domesticated, write about your favorite. Include interesting facts about this animal in your essay.
  8. Gaming. Explain how to play your favorite video or board game to someone who has never played it before.
  9. Problematic. Describe a problem you’re facing and three ways you could possibly solve it.
  10. Extreme Weather. Choose an extreme weather condition or a natural disaster such as a tornado or a volcanic eruption. Explain its causes and effects.
  11. Sweet Treats. Explain the process of making your favorite dessert.
  12. Learning Styles. Think of the way you prefer to learn, such as by reading, listening, or doing. Explain why you think you learn best that way.
  13. Edison.Thomas Edison said that he didn’t make mistakes, he just learned 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. Describe a mistake you made and the lesson you learned from it.

Narrative Essay Writing Prompts

When writing narrative essays about real or imagined experiences, students should use descriptive details and logical sequence. They can use dialogue and sensory details to develop their essay.

  1. Microscopic Details. Imagine being microscopic. Describe an adventurous trip through your body.
  2. Alone. You find yourself locked in your favorite store alone overnight. Where are you and what do you do?
  3. Homeless. A friendly stray dog follows you home from school. What happens next?
  4. Time Travel. Imagine you could travel back in time to when your mom or dad was your age. Write an essay about your relationship with your fourth-grade parent.
  5. Mismatched. Write a story about someone your age. The story must include a giraffe, a mouse, a flying carpet, and a large birdcage.
  6. Pet Peeve. Recount a moment when something really got on your nerves. Describe the experience and why it irritated you so much.
  7. Surprise! Think of a time your teacher surprised your class. Describe what happened and how the class reacted.
  8. Special Moments. Think of a specific day or event that you will always remember. What made it so special?
  9. Travel Through History. Imagine you could travel back in time to live through one event from history. Describe the event and write about your experience.
  10. The Most Terrible Day. Write an essay about a day when everything went wrong. How did the day start and end, describe the experience.
  11. Road Trip. Write about a favorite family vacation or road trip. Where did you go? What made it special?
  12. Funny Pet Tricks. Can your pet do a funny or unusual trick? Describe it.
  13. President. If you could be president for a day (or the principal of your school), what would you do?

Research Project Essay Writing Prompts

Fourth-grade students should also complete short research projects using books, magazines, and online sources. Students should take notes and provide a list of the sources they used in their research.

  1. New Puppy. You want a new puppy. Do some research to determine the best breed for your family and write about it.
  2. Battles. Research and write about what you consider the most significant or famous battle in history.
  3. Famous People. Choose a famous person from history or science and write about their lives and contributions.
  4. Animal Kingdom. Select an animal to research. Include facts about its behavior, habitat, and diet.
  5. Countries. Choose a country. Investigate its culture and holidays, and find out what life there is like for kids your age.
  6. States. Pick a state you’ve never visited. Learn three to five unique facts about the state to include in your essay.
  7. Inventions. What do you think is the greatest or most useful invention of all time? Find out who invented it and how and why it was invented.
  8. Native Americans. Choose a Native American tribe. Learn about where they lived, their culture, and their use of natural resources in their area.
  9. Endangered Species. Research and write about an animal that is endangered. Include facts about why it is endangered and any changes that people can make to help increase its population.
  10. Fine Arts. Learn more about an artist or composer. Include facts about their life and death and most well-known works.
  11. Authors. Research an author whose books you enjoy. Include facts about what inspired him or her to start writing.
  12. Dig Deeper. Research something you’ve studied in history, science, or literature but would like to know more about.
  13. State Standouts. Choose a famous person from your state. Learn about his or her life and contributions.
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Below is some fun fourth grade writing prompts that will tap into your kid’s imagination.

The writing prompts here are suitable for children who struggle to find something to write about.

Using the fourth grade writing prompts you can even encourage your child to practice their writing skills. It can be added to their daily journal. It is a good way for them to reflect on their day and emotions.

It has plenty of fun prompts that will make a child want to write about their thoughts and feelings.

67 fun fourth grade writing prompts:

1. What would it be like to have a snake as a pet?

2. Write a time that you felt very excited.

3. Write a time that you felt very excited.

4. Write 3 places you would like to go on your next holiday.

5. What do you dream of becoming once you grow up?

6. Who do you admire the most at home?

7. If you can have one superpower, what would it be?

8. If you have a box of courage, what would you write in it?

9. Write down things you are too scared to try but would like to give it a go?

10. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it?

11. Write down about your favorite animal

12. Write a story about a boy who got lost in the zoo.

13.Write a story about a girl who had to spend the night at the museum.

14. What would it be like to climb the highest mountain in the world?

15. If you are the principal of your school, what rules would you change?

16. If you are the leader of your country, what is the first thing you would do?

17. Imagine animals can talk to you, what will they say?

18. Write a story about a boy who found a treasure in his back garden.

19. You woke up one morning and found a rocket ship at the back of your house. You climbed into it. Write what happens next.

20. If you can be invisible for one day, what will you do?

21. If you are going to spend a whole year on a remote island, write down the things you would pack.

22. Write about your favorite sport. What do you like about it?

23. If you can have anything for your birthday, what would you wish for?

24. Imagine being a crazy scientist, who invented a new drink. What would it be called? What would it taste like? Is it safe to drink?

25. You are walking down the woodlands and heard footsteps. You turned around but no one was there. What happens next?

26. What do you think the world will look like in the year 2100?

27. Write about your favorite summer holiday.

28 If you can meet someone famous, who would you like to meet?
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29. If you can be friends with a cartoon character, who would you like to be friends with?

30. Imagine waking up one morning and all your toys started talking to you, what did they say?

31. What is your favorite book? Can you rewrite the ending of the book?

32. What do you think the world will look like if there was no electricity?

33. If you can be a parent for one day, how will you do things differently from your parents?

34. You have been invited to visit the Buckingham Palace and meet the Royal family. Write about what the day was like? How were you greeted? What food did they serve you? What protocols you had to follow?

35. Redesign your school uniform.

36. Write a story about the biggest shark in the sea.

37. If you could be an animal, what would you be?

38. Write your own comic.

39. Imagine the dog really ate your homework, how will you convince your teacher?

40. Imagine being stuck on a roller coaster ride. How did you ask for help?

41. Write a story about a day out on the beach. What did you do? Who was with you? How sunny was the day?

42. Imagine discovering a book that would transport you into your favorite video game. Describe what happens next.

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43. A magician called you on stage and said that he will make you disappear for a few minutes. However, he forgot his magic trick and you got loss for a much longer time. Describe how you found your way back? Where did you? What did you do when you disappeared?

44. Are there any chores at home that you love doing? What would it be?

45. Open a random book to any page. Write for 5 minutes about the first word that you read.

46. Write down 5 things you can do to share kindness with others.

47. If you can eliminate one subject in school, what would it be? Why do you think that subject is not important?

48. If you can change something about your school, what would you change?

49. What is your favorite movie? Can you change the ending of the movie?

50. What are you grateful for today?

51. What do you like most about your family?

52. Can you rewrite the story of Cinderella, from the point of view of the sisters?

53. If you can start your own business, what will you sell?

54. Imagine opening up a new store, what will you call it? What will you sell in it? Where will your store be located?

55. Imagine having a dragon living right next door. What will you do with the dragon?

56. Write a letter to your future self. Include your goals and ambitions in it.

57. Write a list of things you need that will make you feel happy.

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58. If you can invent a robot of any type, what would you build? What can the robot do? What will the robot look like?

59. Write a thank you letter to someone you care about.

60. Write down something that you learned today.

61. If you can grow your own vegetables, what will you grow?

62. If you can change your school menu, what will you add to it?

63. Write something about your best friend. What do you like about him/her? What makes him/her fun?

64. Write a story about your first sleepover experience.

65. Imagine living in a farm, what do you think life would be like?

66. Imagine you discovered a time capsule, where did you go?

67. Write something about your favorite teacher.

68. Describe what it would be like to be a grown-up?

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100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Offering age-appropriate inspiration for older elementary kids, these creative 4th grade writing prompts will get minds thinking and pencils moving across the page. From funny prompts to thought-provoking questions, there's something to inspire everyone.

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Funny Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

Older elementary kids are fine-tuning their sense of what is funny. They find absurd things hilarious, as well as gross humor. They are becoming better at wit and sarcasm, too. These writing prompts will have them laughing:

  • Describe the most disgusting school lunch you can imagine. How do the other kids react to it?
  • Would you rather have glitter rain down on you when you walked through a doorway or have your shoes make a loud honking sound with every step? Explain your choice.
  • Imagine you spend the entire school day with four hands. How are things different?
  • Picture two kids sitting face-to-face with cardboard boxes on their heads. They are playing a game. You write the rules.
  • You wake up one morning, and dogs can talk. Describe your day.
  • A witch casts a spell on your mom so she can only meow instead of talk. You spend Saturday working with her to break the spell.
  • You try a new shampoo and it makes leafy branches sprout from your head. How do you get through your day?
  • It's opposites day, and you have to say everything as an opposite. Write about your favorite food.
  • A baby is your substitute teacher. What happens?
  • You wake up one morning with a tail. How does it help or get in the way?
  • Write a story about a character who only knows how to say the word "Yes."
  • You have a dream that you are performing your favorite song in front of the entire school while wearing a horse mask. Then, you realize it isn't actually a dream. What is going on?

    100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Poetry Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

Writing poetry is a great way for 4th graders to express themselves. Great writing prompts help them experiment with new poetry forms and learn about using imagery.

  • Write a poem about a sound you love without ever naming the thing that makes the sound.
  • Use poetry to tell about a time you were teased or bullied.
  • Write a poem from the perspective of the street you live on.
  • Write a haiku about the weekend.
  • Describe someone you love in a poem of 25 words or fewer.
  • What does it feel like to wait for your birthday to come? Write a poem about it.
  • What makes you feel better when you're sad? Write a poem in the form of a recipe or doctor's prescription for feeling better.
  • Have you had to give something up as you've gotten older? Write a poem about that thing.
  • You're walking down a path through a field when you realize it splits in two directions. Write a poem about how you decide which way to go. Read about Robert Frost for inspiration.
  • Rewrite your favorite song, making it about school.
  • Think of something that is special in your house, such as a decoration or precious item. Describe it in a poem.
  • Write a poem about lying awake in your bed at night.
  • Think of something broken, such as a bike, a window, a phone, or anything else. How is that broken thing like a situation in your life or in the world?
100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

4th Grade Fiction Writing Prompts

The middle grades are the golden time for reading, and many 4th graders love fiction. Inspire them to write wonderful and imaginative short stories with these helpful prompts that explore character, setting, and other important elements of fiction:

  • Your neighbor tells you she saw a werewolf.
  • Your mom asks you to move a picture on your living room wall. When you lift it up, an envelope falls out. It has $1,000 in it.
  • A character wakes up surrounded by mist. He or she starts walking, and the mist begins to clear. What does the world look like?
  • Every time you open a book, the first page disappears and is replaced by a single word. It's always the same with every book you try to read. What is the word and why does it keep appearing?
  • Your main character finds an old film camera in his or her grandparents' house. It still has film in it. When they develop the film, what do the pictures show?
  • You find a journal from 1865. It's written by an 11-year-old. You read it, and on the last page, it says, "Please come help me." What happens next?
  • The main character of your story wakes up one morning to discover he or she has aged five years overnight.
  • You step into your grandmother's coat closet and discover it leads to a jungle. What happens if you step inside?
  • Write a story about a boy who wakes up one morning as his own dad and has to go to work in an office.
  • You're riding your bike home from your friend's house one evening when you see a UFO. It lands on the path in front of you.
  • Write a story about someone who is afraid to try anything new. What happens when that person has to become a taste tester for a cooking show?
  • A new girl joins your class. During math, she passes you a note that says, "Do you remember me?"
  • Write a story about children who have a magical tea party with animals.

    100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Animal Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

Animals offer a great way for kids to explore their descriptive powers and imagination. These writing prompts will inspire animal lovers:

  • You can suddenly understand what dogs are saying when they bark, and you start translating for them.
  • You get up in the middle of the night to get some water and step on your brother's toy dinosaur. You hear a roar and lift your foot just in time to avoid being bitten.
  • You're out in your backyard when you suddenly shrink down to six inches tall. A bunny hops up. It's gigantic.
  • Your dog turns into a pig, and you're the only one who notices.
  • Write a shape poem or concrete poem where the words are in the shape of your favorite animal.
  • A kid wakes up to find a giraffe standing over his bed. What happens next?
  • If you could have any pet, what would it be?
  • Tell about how you and your pet met each other, but tell the story from your pet's point of view. If you don't have a pet, make one up.
  • Imagine you are going on a trip. Tell someone how to take care of your pet snake while you're gone. What should they feed it? What should they watch out for?
  • What kind of pet would you choose for your teacher? Why?
  • Are there animals that make bad pets? Why or why not?
  • You get a call from a scientist who needs your advice. She is trying to design a new animal by combining DNA from other animals, and she wants to know which animals to use.
  • You wake up one day with bird wings. How is your day different?
  • You walk into your kitchen to see your little brother and your cat eating breakfast together at the table. Your brother acts like nothing strange is going on.

    100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

4th Grade Opinion Writing Prompts

Whether kids are learning to write a persuasive essay, a speech, or any other type of opinion piece, these prompts can help them hone their skills. These are subjects 4th graders will be passionate about:

  • Should there be school in the summer? Why or why not?
  • Is it right that parents can get in trouble if kids don't go to school?
  • What is the best bedtime for a 4th grader?
  • Is sugar bad for kids? Why or why not?
  • Who is the best singer on the planet right now? How come?
  • Should siblings share a bedroom?
  • Are there movies kids shouldn't be allowed to see until they're in middle school?
  • Is homework good for learning?
  • How old should kids be when they get their own phones?
  • Who makes the best pizza? Why?

4th Grade Writing Prompts About Emotion

These prompts can help kids add emotion to their writing. This is a great way to introduce memoir and creative nonfiction. Try these inspiring ideas:

  • A princess cries tears that have magical properties, but she is always happy. Write a story about how an evil villain tries to make her cry.
  • When did you last laugh so hard you were gasping for breath?
  • How do you know when your parents are upset?
  • When was the last time you felt angry? What happened?
  • Are there things in your life that are unfair?
  • When was the last time you were perfectly happy?
  • How do you feel on your birthday?
  • What do you worry about at night?
  • Write a poem about the last time you cried.
  • Write a story about a girl crying on the school bus. What happened?

    100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Journal Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

Journal writing is a great way to explore personal narratives and process feelings. These prompts will inspire older elementary kids to share:

  • Write about your favorite blanket or toy from when you were little.
  • If you had one wish and couldn't wish for more wishes, what would you ask for?
  • Make a list of 25 things you love about your life.
  • Who inspires you?
  • What kind of object are you like?
  • Have you ever out-smarted another person?
  • How do you feel about rainy days?
  • What is something that you've never done before but want to?
  • What is your favorite hobby? Talk about the last time you did it.
  • How are you like someone else in your family?
  • How would you handle it if you saw someone being bullied?
  • What was the last hard decision you had to make? Why was it difficult?
  • Have you ever been homesick? What was it like?
  • What would you say to your kindergarten self?
  • Have you ever been talked into something? How did it work out?
  • Has anything weird ever happened on a family outing or vacation?
  • What has a grandparent or other older adult taught you?
  • Is school different for girls and boys?

Descriptive Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

Writing descriptively is a skill kids are developing in 4th grade. They're learning how to use adjectives and other descriptive words in creative ways. These writing prompts can help spark some ideas:

  • Describe a common food, such as pizza or waffles, to someone who has never heard of it before.
  • Tell about the last time you hurt yourself. What happened? What did it feel like?
  • Describe your mom's three best qualities.
  • Tell about someone you know who is a good friend. What makes that person awesome?
  • Write about your favorite holiday meal.
  • Describe your state or province to someone who has never been there.
  • What does your bedroom look like?
  • What is your favorite season? What makes it great?
  • What were you for Halloween last year? Describe your costume.
  • What do you know how to cook? Detail the steps involved in making that food.

Help 4th Graders Become Writers

Writing is a great way to teach 4th grade grammar, word usage, and spelling. It's also fun for kids to learn to express themselves with words. You can use these 4th grade writing prompt ideas to encourage kids to experience the joy of developing their own voices.

Kate Miller-Wilson

B.A. English

Class 4 English Creative writing


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