Summer Writing Prompts for Fourth Graders— By the time students reach the 4th grade, they will be expected to have a well-developed set of writing skills. In order to help your 4th-grade student be prepared for the next year of school, you should encourage your child to write as frequently as possible throughout the summer.
Keeping a summer journal is an excellent way to improve your child’s writing skills. Many students do not prioritize writing over the summer, and this can leave them feeling a bit behind or frustrated when school starts in the fall. At the beginning of the summer, encourage your child to select a special notebook as their summer journal. This will help them feel invested in the idea and will get them excited about writing throughout the break from school.
In 4th grade, educational standards require that students begin developing complexity of thought in their writing. They will spend a lot of time writing independently, which is one of the reasons why a summer journal is the perfect way for 4th graders to practice writing. Fourth-grade students will continue working on organizational structure, complete paragraphs, writing tone, and style. These are elements you should look at and evaluate when you are reading your child’s summer journal.
Of course, the best way to help enhance your child’s writing skills is to make the writing process as fun as possible. These summer writing prompts for 4th graders can serve as the perfect starting point for any journal entry.
14 Summer Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
- Begin your summer journal by making a list of three goals that you have for yourself this summer. Why have you chosen these goals? What will you do to accomplish them?
- Imagine that you are planning a summer picnic for you and your best friends. Your picnic will need to have a theme, and you will have to plan the meal accordingly. What theme will you choose? What food will you make? What decorations will you bring with you to the picnic?
- Write about the most recent trip to the zoo that you took with your family. What was your favorite animal? Now, write about what you would do if you had to take care of that animal all day at the zoo.
- Write a poem about the perfect summer day.
- Describe your dream vacation. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do once you get there?
- How late do you think you should be able to stay up during the summer months? Write a persuasive essay to your parents to try to convince them to change your bedtime.
- Write about what the last day of school was like for you. How did you feel? Do you wish that the day had gone differently? What would you change about the last day?
- Do you plan to do any reading over the summer? Take the time to make a list of the books you want to read. Write a complete paragraph about the type of books you like best and why.
- Imagine that you were playing in your yard and you saw that the kid across the street was being picked on by someone older than you. What would you do? Why would you react that way? How do you feel is the best way to respond to that situation?
- A lot of times people travel to other states or countries for vacation. Imagine what it would be like for someone to travel to your hometown for their summer trip. Write about all of the reasons why your local area would be a great place to travel to.
- Think about your best friend and write about that person’s five best qualities. Why do you like those qualities? Do you try to be like your friend?
- When you think about the next year of school, what type of teacher do you hope you will have? Describe the best possible teacher for you.
- Write a realistic fiction story about a 4th-grade student from 20 years ago. What was their daily life like? How was it similar to yours? How was it different?
- What are you able to do during the summertime that you are not able to enjoy during the school year? How does this make you feel?
Students who are entering 4th grade should be provided with prompts that will make the writing possible enjoyable for them. The prompts also should encourage them to dig deeper and be as descriptive as possible.
No matter what prompts you use with your 4th grade student, just remember to tell them to keep on writing!
More Summer Writing Resources
- FREE printable PDF page for you of summer writing prompts.
- 53 Summer fun journaling ideas
- 4th Grade summer worksheets and printables
The following article was first published in July 2006 —
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 Grade Kids
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:
- Describe a time where you thought that you would be afraid, but you were actually brave.
- Write a list of different ways that people can make money if they were your age.
- Imagine that you woke up and saw a mummy in your backyard, describe what you would do.
- 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:
- 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.
- Back to School Poem: What they did over the summer before school started.
- 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:
- If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
- Explain a time that you have won something. Describe what it was that you won and how you won it.
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
Until next time, write on!
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