Fourth Grade Writing Prompts: 87 Fantastic Ideas

Check out this list of fourth grade writing prompts that give students plenty of creative and fun ideas to write about.

These fourth grade writing prompts encourage critical thinking, develop writing skills, stretch the imagination, and motivate kids to express themselves.

Fourth Grade Writing Prompts

1. What has been your favorite science experiment this year, and why did you like it so much?

2. Imagine that you are a house plant. What gift requests would be on your Christmas list and why?

3. Draft a heart-felt letter to your grown-up self.

4. Write a combination of metaphors and similes to describe your mom or dad. See examples of kid-friendly metaphors and examples of kid-friendly similes.

5. Tell about a time that you had to help someone with something they couldn’t do on their own. 

6. What are 3 different things that make you who you are? How do these things make you different from your friends?

7. List 10 words related to space. Then compose a poem including these words.

8. Draft a letter to a third-grader explaining what to expect in fourth grade. Give tips for how to best prepare so that his/her year is a success.

9. Give detailed instructions for how to organize one’s desk.

10. Brainstorm a catchy social media hashtag for fourth grade. Which activities, moments, adventures, and ideas would your hashtag be known for?

11. What is one new thing you learned about yourself this year?

12. Have you ever had a fight with your sibling? If so, how did you make up afterwards?

13. Do you think cats or dogs are smarter, and why?

14. What does it feel like to be in love or love someone else? Name a person in your family that you love. Describe their characteristics.

15. Share your after-school routine. What is the first thing you do when you get home after school?

16. Do you prefer sweet or salty food? Tell about your favorite sweet food and your favorite salty food. 

17. What is so special about a secret recipe? Do you know anyone who has a secret recipe?

18. Sketch a mythical mermaid. Then write one to two paragraphs describing her. 

19. Using all five of your senses, describe chocolate-flavored ice cream.

20. What does it mean to be a team player, and do you think that you are a team player?

21. Tell about why it is good to try new things in life. What is one new thing you tried in the past?

22. Tell me why it is good to meet new friends. Who is one new friend you made this year?

23. When did you learn to ride a bike? Was it hard, and if so, what made it so hard?

24. Pretend that you get to jump into your favorite book and hang out with one of the characters. Which character will you be with, and what exciting things will you two do together?

25. What are you most looking forward to doing in the 5th grade?

26. Imagine that you are the owner of a pet store, and a parent asks about pets that are good for kids allergic to fur. What are your recommendations? Other than lack of fur, what makes these animals good pet options for kids?

27. Explain your favorite recess game to someone who doesn’t know how to play.

28. What things do you miss the most about being in the 3rd grade?

29. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live? Why would you choose this place?

30. Tell about a time that a friend gave you a gift. What was the gift and what did it mean to you?

31. Do you like to learn about science? What is one thing you like about science and one thing you dislike about science?

32. Tell about a hobby you do when you’re at home that you can’t do when you’re at school. 

33. Talk about a time when you were sad. What did you do to help yourself become happy again?

34. Imagine that you are the owner of a pet store, and a parent asks about pets that are good for kids allergic to fur. What are your recommendations? Other than lack of fur, what makes these animals good pet options for kids?

35. Explain to a fourth grade how to make a good grade on a spelling test.

36. Write a creative story using these words: automobile, walking, faster, fly

37. Explain your favorite recess game to someone who doesn’t know how to play.

38. The answer is “The First Day of School”. Write five different questions.

39. Who is the most important person in your life? Why are they important, and what is one nice thing they add to your life?

40. Do you think that playing sports makes you a better person? If so, why?

41. Have you ever gone to a play in a theater? How was it different than watching a movie or a TV show?

42. Think of a memory that you have of a holiday. Is it a good memory or a bad memory, and why?

43. Do you think it’s better to be old or young? What are some reasons that one is better than the other?

44. If you could read someone’s mind, but only one person, whose mind would you want to read?

45. If you could have the power of invisibility, what would be three bad things about being invisible?

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46. What do you think people would miss most about you if you disappeared tomorrow?

47. What are the qualities that make up a good best friend? Which of these qualities do you possess?

48. What do you think the world would be like if there was no color in it? Describe it.

49. What do you think cars will look and sound like 100 years from now?

50. Do you have any family members who are also your friend? What makes them a good friend AND family member?

51. What does it mean to have an imagination, and what can you do with an imagination?

52. Have you ever seen the ocean? If so, how did it smell different than the way your town smells?

53. What do you think life is like on Mars? Talk about the sights, smells, and sounds you think you would find there. 

54. What makes someone a true hero? What would they do and say to make them a hero?

55. Do you think that school is hard? If so, what would make school easier or more fun?

56. Tell about a time that you saw your favorite animal. Why is this animal your favorite animal?

57. Would you rather live in the city or near a forest, and why?

58. What does it mean to be mysterious? Is being mysterious good or bad?

59. How many feelings can you think of off the top of your head? Which feeling is your favorite feeling? What colors, in your opinion, represent each of these emotions?

60. Do you think that it’s good to be yourself? Why or why not?

61. What’s the best way to respond to fourth grade writing prompts? Explain to a classmate how to answer appropriately.

62. Have you ever helped someone who had less than you? What did you do to help them?

63. Write a story in 10 sentences about the best day of your life. 

64. Explain the helpfulness of using text features when reading non-fiction texts.

65. Brainstorm a catchy social media hashtag for fourth grade. Which activities, moments, adventures, and ideas would your hashtag be known for?

66. What are the three best things about being a fourth grader? Why?

67. Write a story in 10 sentences about the worst day of your life. 

68. Compare and contrast fourth grade to third grade. Be specific.

69. Describe the similarities and differences between a mother, aunt, grandmother, and sister.

70. What is it like to go on a scavenger hunt? Talk about the best way to get to the end of a scavenger hunt. 

71. Do you think that schools should also have recess in middle school and high school? Why or why not?

72. What is your favorite thing so far that you have learned in school this year? Why did you enjoy it so much?

73. What is one goal you want to achieve by the time you are 50 years old?

74. Do you think you could be the President? Why or why not?

75. What was the best book you ever read, and what kind of person was the main character?

76. What would the world be like if humans could fly?

77. Would you rather ride a rollercoaster or watch a good movie, and why?

78. Have you ever been in a fight with your best friend? How did the two of you make it better?

79. What does being a good person mean to you?

80. Describe 3 things about yourself that make you fun to be around. 

81. Why should people want to be friends with you?

82. Write a letter to the principal, persuading her to allow scooters during recess. Provide good reasons so that it will be hard for her to say no.

83. Describe the way that it feels to play outside. 

84. Write about a typical day from the perspective of a pencil. What kinds of challenges and adventures does it experience?

85. Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips to fourth graders about how to use study skills to improve their grades.

86. How do you add two improper fractions? Explain the steps.

87. Write a new scene for your favorite movie or read aloud book. Which characters are there, and what new challenges do they face? How is the issue eventually solved?

88. Create five fourth grade writing prompts that you think your teacher will like.

89. Wild Card Prompt: Write a creative or fun story that involves life as a fourth grader. Your writing piece can be a narrative, mystery, fantasy, tall tale, poem, comic, etc.

90. Explain the helpfulness of using text features when reading non-fiction texts.

91. What are the three best things about being a fourth grader? Why?

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