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73 Great 4th Grade Journal Prompts to Inspire

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. Best of alll…

Writing Ideas Prompts for 4th Graders

If you need some excellent ideas to inspire, we’ve got you covered with some awesome 4th Grade Journal Prompts.

You see…

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


Kids can be a tough audience and that’s why we’ve provided a list of seventy-three great 4th-grade writing prompts.

These prompts are sure to help the wheels start turning and to brighten up any student’s day.

Ok, without further ado, here are those exciting new journal starters for 4th-grade writers. Take a look now and enjoy!

73 Fabulous 4th Grade Journal Prompts to
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 talent4th Grade Writing Prompts
  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 kids.

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BONUS: 11 Expository Writing Prompts for 4th Graders

  1. Describe how things will be different for you in middle school when you have a locker to put your things in. What will you put in your locker? Will you decorate it in any way?
  2. Explain the rules and requirements at your new middle school and where they differ from your current school.
  3. Think about the homework you have in the 4th grade and explain how homework might differ in middle school.
  4. When you enter middle school, describe some ways that you can go about making new friends.
  5. Define the characteristics that make a good friend.
  6. Explain several ways that you might handle someone who is trying to bully you.
  7. Define what being a good listener means to you, and explain ways you can be a good listener in your new middle school environment.
  8. Define the term “time management” and describe ways you can make use of it in middle school.
  9. Describe how you believe you have matured in the past year.
  10. Mistakes are not all bad if you learn from them. Think of a mistake you’ve made and explain what lesson you learned from it.
  11. Define the term “dress code” and explain why a school might have a dress code.

Now, if your 4th-grade students need even more inspiration, check out these…

4th Grade Writing Prompts & Resources

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The Favorites List of Writing Ideas

In addition to the list of fourth grade writing prompts above, I have this excellent and simple list of journal topics for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction. You see…

For those reluctant writers or non-writers, I suggest you use the time-tested favorite writing prompts. They are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort. Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.

4th Grade Journal Topics and Writing Prompts
Have students write about their:
  • Favorite foods
  • Favorite place
  • Favorite book
  • Favorite toy
  • Favorite season
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite animal
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite board game or favorite game
  • Favorite vacation 

Use any of these ideas for daily journaling and to improve your learner’s writing skills.

Some of the Awesome Benefits of Journaling

Journaling has many benefits for both children and adults, and 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.

Here are a few brief points about the fabulous benefits of journaling. Check this out!  Journal writing can help students:

  • Clarify their thoughts and feelings
  • Know themselves better
  • Reduce stress
  • Solve problems more effectively
  • Resolve disagreements with others

Those are some amazing journal keeping benefits if you ask me. I hope you agree. Above all, I hope your fourth grade students agree.

Ok, tht’s all for today.

Happy journaling and writing to you! Until next time, write on…

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17 thoughts on “73 Great 4th Grade Journal Prompts to Inspire”

  1. Love the site! I specialized for many years in inspiring and growing reluctant writers, and there is so much here to recommend to teachers and parents! Wish you all the best! Write on!

  2. Why thank you, Janet! I checked out your website and it is packed full of wonderful resources. In fact I’m so fond of your site that I’ve added a link to it on my resources page! Write on is right!!! 😀

  3. Hello, Jill! I had to stop by and browse around a bit more for additional inspiration in planning lessons for the students I tutor! Writing and journaling truly helps kids-and adults!-transform into the transcendent selves they were always meant to be, and it’s wonderful that your website and work are making that happen!

    I feel honored that you like my own fledging little site! I so enjoyed writing with kids of all ages- and across the curriculum- during the years that I was in the classroom, that I decided to build a resource sharing my material. I have a long way to go: more pages of content, dozens of photos and templates to edit and post, contact forms, etc., etc. I’m writing in between tutoring students and training dogs!:)

    Again, thank you for the kind words, and I’ll probably order a few of your Journal Buddies shortly! As well as drop by soon!


  4. Indeed there is little on earth that journaling, writing, creative self-expression can not help one to process, deal with, understand, transform, transcend and grow from as we adventure through our wondrous (and sometimes very challenging) lives here on earth.

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  5. I like writing. These are great journal starters for me.

    Here are some other good journal starters:
    If I had three wishes
    My best adventure
    My museum/amusement park
    A museum where strange things begin to happen
    I’m a fashion designer
    A trip to the big city
    Living in an apartment
    I found an old house in the woods
    I saw a tiger in a cave

  6. I love your journal prompt ideas, Alyx!! Thanks for sharing them and helping to inspire even more writing. 😀

    Jill, Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

  7. You are very welcome, Jessica. Please bookmark our site and/or sign up to get email notifications when new articles get published as there will be hundreds of journal prompts added in the coming months. Seriously… in October alone there will be some 300+ prompts! And please share this resource with other moms if you would. 🙂

    Journal on…

    Jill, Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

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