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Fourth Grade Writing Prompts

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This assortment of fourth grade writing prompts will spark some great ideas and fun writing samples. Kids will write about exploring a new planet, repairing damage from a book work, and many more things. They'll also 

fun fourth grade writing prompts

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a camel at the window

1. You look out the kitchen window, and are surprised to see a camel looking back at you. What do you do? What does the camel do?

2. What are three good questions to ask when you are trying to get to know someone?

3. Bubbles are floating throughout your school. How did they get there? When and how will the bubbles stop?

4. Your little brother seems to know how to disappear and then quickly reappear when he is needed. How does he do this? Will he teach you to do this, too?

bookworm eating through a large book

5. This bookworm is eating its way through every book in your library! How will you fix all the holes in all the books?

6. You need to decide if you are going on a weekend trip to the mountains with your friend’s family. Why do you want to go? Why do you not want to go?

7. Suppose you had eighty pairs of shoes. What would you do with them?

8. What’s better, soccer or tennis? Why?

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9. In your opinion, what is the world’s most beautiful animal? Describe this animal and tell why you chose it.

10. A new planet has just been discovered, and you have been chosen to visit it. What do you see when you get there?

11. Why are your crayons magic, and what kinds of pictures do you draw with them?

12. A squirrel is studying a big book under your oak tree. What is he reading, and why? 

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Suggestions for using these fourth grade writing prompts:

  • Each prompt contains one or more bold faced words. These bold words appear on our 4th grade spelling words.
  • Suggest to your students that they try to use the bold word at least once or twice in their responses.
  • If time allows, encourage students to illustrate their responses with their own drawings or clip art. Post student work in a classroom display, or supply notebooks for in which each student can compile his/her work. 
  •  You may wish to assign one prompt to every student by posting it in a prominent place in your classroom each week. Or, pass out the entire list and allow students to write about the prompt of their choice.
  •  When possible, post students' writing samples. Before posting, however, give writers the opportunity to edit and improve their work. 
  • Use these fourth grade writing prompts, too! 

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105 Short Story Ideas!  These short story ideas are ideal for classroom use, or for anyone looking for prompts to spark creative thought and writing. These ideas loosely follow the calendar with many holiday and seasonal topics. Be sure to read through all of the prompts, because some are useful for anytime of the year. Here are just a few examples:

A) It’s National Wiggle Your Toes Day on August 6.  Write a story about a conversation among your happy toes!

B) National Be Late to Something Day is September 5th. Write a story about someone who is late to something, and it’s a very good thing.

C) While you’re writing a report about Johnny Appleseed, whose birthday was September 26, 1774, apples start falling from the sky. Tell what happens next.

D) National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is November 15. Write a story about the surprising things your family finds inside your fridge and what you do about them.

E) Turkeys are scared this time of year. Write a story about how they conspire to avoid your dinner table.

F) Twin Day falls on December 18. Write a story in which you imagine you’re the twin of a famous person.

G) If you could spend the holidays anywhere, where would you go, and how would you get there?

Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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