Summer Writing for 4th Graders

Summer Writing Ideas for Fourth Grade Students

Writing is and has always been a fantastic way for children to express their emotions and to use their imaginations to create alternate worlds that they can escape to.  During the 4th grade it is imperative that children receive the correct stimulation in order to ensure that their writing skills develop for their future years.  With that being said, whether your children are at home or at school during the summer, you should encourage them to participate in different writing activities and provide them with interesting writing ideas.  Below is a list of writing tasks and writing prompts that may help your children to express themselves in words.Summer Writing for 4th Graders

Creative Journal

Using creative journals provide children with the opportunity to reflect on past experiences and tell another “person” about events that they have participated in.  Creative journals are also a great way to help children create alternate realities with superheroes, villains, and monsters.  Some great writing prompts for creative journals include:

1. Describe a time where you thought that you would be afraid, but you were actually brave.

2. Write a list of different ways that people can make money, if they were your age.

3. Imagine that you woke up and saw a mummy in your backyard, describe what you would do.

4. Describe your favorite television or movie character.



Poems are not only romantic for adults, but they are also a lot of fun for children. There are dozens of different types of poems that 4th graders will learn about during their studies, therefore you will want to reinforce their learning by having your children complete poems at home.  A few examples of 4th grade poem prompts include:

1. Pantoum Poem: The second stanza repeats the 2nd and 4th lines of the first stanza and they become the 1st and 3rd lines of the second stanza

2. Back to School Poem: What they did over the summer before school started

3. Haiku Poem: Possible topics include favorite foods, favorite sports team, favorite flower, etc.

Other General Writing Prompts

It is important to make sure that your children remain refreshed in terms of their writing capabilities, so ideally you will want to provide them with several summer writing opportunities.  A few other general writing prompts that seem to be popular with children include:

1. If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?

2. Explain a time that you have won something.  Describe what it was that you won and how you won it.

3. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?

Until next time, write on!