Free Writing Assignments 4th Grade

Exciting, New Journal Starters for 4th Grade Writers

Whether you’re looking for a new way to keep your 4th grade kids occupied on a rainy day, or hoping to help your class branch out in their writing, journaling can be a wonderful tool to inspire and motivate kids to express their thoughts. 

Journaling has many benefits for both children and adults – the simple act of writing is a powerful way to express feelings, new ideas, and to instill creativity.  Writing daily can translate into encouraging kids to find innovative ways of thinking, and will excite them endlessly with the prospect of possibility.

But kids can be a tough audience – that’s why we’ve provided a list of seventy-three new 4th grade writing prompts.  These prompts are sure to help the wheels start turning, and to brighten up any student’s day.This listing of journal prompt ideas

This listing of journal prompt ideas range from the silly to the reflective, and from practical to the impossible.  This listing of journal starters is sure to help your fourth-grader develop an entirely new outlook on writing and the opportunities that journaling can bring.

Seventy-Three 4th Grade Writing Prompts that
Inspire and Ignite the Imagination

  1. Finding an undiscovered planet
  2. This year, I want to learn…
  3. Hiking in the mountains
  4. My favorite family tradition
  5. My best friend is awesome because…
  6. What my family does on the 4th of July
  7. A list of things on my desk
  8. What America means to me
  9. One of my best memories
  10. Would I rather be rich or famous?
  11. Time capsules are…
  12. Something I’d like to be better at
  13. Climbing the world’s largest tower
  14. A secret garden
  15. Finding a secret room in your house
  16. Jumping on clouds
  17. Diving undersea to find a hidden temple
  18. Becoming a giant
  19. Growing up with cousins
  20. Taking an escalator to the moon
  21. Underwater house
  22. Having a food fight
  23. Being in a video game
  24. Race car driver
  25. Making a new ice cream flavor
  26. Exploring the pyramids
  27. Do aliens exist?
  28. Living on a farm
  29. An epic game of hide and seek
  30. Playing a professional sport
  31. Life as a germ
  32. Playing instruments
  33. Being a rock singer
  34. Write a letter to a pen-pal
  35. If I could live in any state
  36. If I could have any pet
  37. The best compliment I ever received…
  38. My favorite book
  39. Television is…
  40. Cooking with family
  41. Someday, I want to be ________
  42. If I could live in any time in history, I would choose ________
  43. My favorite toy when I was younger
  44. What 5 things would I want if I was stranded on a desert island?
  45. I felt grown-up, when ______________
  46. Brothers/sisters are important because…
  47. If I could trade places with anyone for a day
  48. The best April fool’s joke I ever played
  49. A perfect day
  50. My favorite month of the year
  51. Walking on the ceiling
  52. My favorite pair of shoes
  53. Finding buried treasure
  54. If dinosaurs still existed
  55. My greatest talent
  56. What if there were only 18 hours in a day?
  57. Something that embarrasses me is…
  58. The best restaurant I’ve ever been to
  59. I like living in [city], because…
  60. The most important thing I ever learned
  61. If I were the principal, I would _______
  62. Can wishes come true?
  63. People who I couldn’t live without
  64. My favorite thing in my bedroom
  65. A list of states or countries I’ve been to
  66. What would grow in my garden?
  67. A day in the life of a superhero
  68. Rules are important because…
  69. If I were a color, I would be _______
  70. My favorite thing about myself
  71. I think tests are important/unimportant because…
  72. Staying home alone
  73. The best teacher I ever had

I hope that this listing of 4th-grade writing prompts was inspiring and useful to you and your students, children, and special kids. Happy journaling to you!

Sincerely,
Jill Schoenberg

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4th Grade CCSS: Writing

For fourth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of writing skills by working collaboratively and producing written texts, understanding syntax and vocabulary, and organizing their ideas. Among the complete standards for this grade, fourth graders will be asked to: write opinion pieces, explanatory texts, narratives, be able to effectively write introductions, supporting details, developed ideas, reasons, and conclusions to fully realize a piece of writing, properly use illustrations, formatting, and multimedia to enhance a text, use dialogue, and descriptions of emotions and thoughts to show the response of characters to situations, use transitional words to link events in a narrative, with some adult guidance use appropriate technology to publish writing, demonstrate keyboarding skill, understand writing for specific audiences, go through the process of writing, editing and revision for their written work.

Autumn: The Scarecrow’s Surprise Writing Prompt

Students will further develop their creative writing skills with this Autumn writing prompt activity. This is a great worksheet to keep your students’ creativity flowing!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate

“Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate” is the perfect way to introduce students to their classmates and learn more about one another.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.1.2, W.2.2, W.3.2, W.4.2, W.5.2

Father’s Day Writing Prompt: He’s the Best

Your students will have fun writing about their father in this “He’s the Best” writing activity.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Fourth of July Writing Prompt: What Freedom Means to Me

Teach your students about freedom in America with this fun Fourth of July Writing Prompt printable worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Haiku: Write Your Own!

This worksheet features the Japanese poetry style haiku.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4

Kwanzaa Candles: Who Lights First? Writing Prompt

It’s the first night of Kwanzaa and the entire Thompson family has gathered for the celebration. It’s almost time to light the candles, and the question comes up: who should light the candles tonight? Write a story about how the Thompson family decides who will light the candles. This printable holiday writing prompt is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Learning how to properly structure an essay can be difficult. With this Main Idea Tree, students will create an outline that allows them to better understand the different parts of a five paragraph essay. Students will be asked to write their introduction, a main idea, three topic sentences, three supporting details for each topic sentence, and a conclusion.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.2, RI.4.2, W.3.1, W.4.1

Main Idea Tree

Use this image of a large tree to help your students understand the components of a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will be asked to write a main idea and follow it with three supporting details. What a great way for students to visualize the importance of the main idea in a paragraph!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2, W.3.1, W.4.1, RI.5.1

My Goals for the New Year

This writing prompt about New Year’s goals is a wonderful way to help your students practice their writing skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Native American Heritage: Create Your Totem Pole

In the box on the worksheet, design your own totem pole. Make sure it represents you and your interests. Then in the writing space, describe your totem pole and explain how it illustrates you. This printable Native American Heritage Month activity is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

New Year’s Reflections

Encourage your students to look back on the events of the past year and look forward to the ones ahead with this New Years reflection worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

The Lost Dreidel Writing Prompt

The Goldberg family has lost their Hanukkah dreidel! Write a story and tell how you think the Goldberg family should solve their problem. This printable Hanukkah writing prompt activity is perfect for keeping students engaged in class while learning about the holiday.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Using Story Elements: Plan a Story

Planning a story can be tough. This activity helps students break things down so that it’s easier to envision and write the story. A great beginning writing activity for 3rd – 5th graders.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3.A, W.4.3.A, W.5.3.A

What Happens Next? Halloween Surprise Activity

Keep learning fun during the holidays with this Halloween Reading Comprehension Activity. Students will be asked to read a passage and then answer the given questions about the story. This worksheet is great for use both at home and in the classroom.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Write a Description: Melting Snowman

With this unique winter activity, help your students further develop their writing skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Write Rhyming Couplets

Time for some poetic rhyming couplets!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4

Writing Limericks

This activity lists opening lines for two limericks. Students write the other lines to complete the limerick, remembering which lines that need to rhyme.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W.4.4, W.5.4

Writing Prompt: A New Plant in Spring

Students choose from the letters on a Spring flower and write words that start with a vowel. A fun way to practice vocabulary and anticipate the warm days to come!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Writing Prompt: She’s the Best

Students write about a special sister, grandmother, mother, or friend!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Back to School Diamante Poem

Teach your students a fun way to write diamante poems using our new back to school worksheet.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4, W.7.4

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