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4th Grade Writing Prompts PDF (Free)

You asked; we listened. Printable 4th grade writing prompts pdf downloads and writing worksheets are here (and more!). Newly updated with a bonus list of 43 writing prompts for your 4th graders.

Grade 4 Writing Worksheets and Journal Ideas

You already know that writing is an important part of a child’s education. I mean what they learn as a child and how they learn it will stick with them throughout the rest of their lives.


Are your fourth graders writing or journaling regularly?  I hope so!

You see…

After having them practice daily writing for just a couple of weeks, you’ll notice quite an impressive improvement in your student’s writing skill development.


You may also notice an improvement in their ability to present clear, cohesive reasoning for their beliefs.


To help support you in your efforts to provide children with the writing skills they need, we offer you the following free writing resources. Some of the resources are writing worksheets and others are printable prompts. We also share a link to our favorite writing worksheet resource for fourth graders.

If you need fun ways to support your child’s writing skill development, you have come to the right place. I welcome you and hope you enjoy the resources on my blog.

These free writing resources are for you to download and use with your 4th graders. Enjoy!

4th Grade Writing Prompts PDF and Writing Worksheet Printables

More Free Grade 4 Writing Resources

4th Grade Writing Prompts (This is where you can find the prompts from the printable pdf and discover even more great writing information for your grade 4 child.)

For fourth grade students who are getting older and becoming more comfortable in their own identities, journaling is a powerful tool that offers a safe place to explore their deepest thoughts.

Daily journaling is a powerful activity that can ground your students by giving them a stable, reliable place to express themselves. Your students will become more confident in their ideas when they see that their opinions matter with daily writing.

I think you’ll enjoy the fourth-grade journal writing prompts on our list. The ideas will give your students the chance to imagine, reflect, and dream as they write!

Writing Prompts and Printable Writing Worksheets for 4th Grade

73 4th Grade Writing Prompts

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed these free 4th grade writing prompts pdf and writing worksheets.

Let’s explore this…

Bonus List of 43 Prompts for 4th-Grade Students

In addition to the list of 4th grade writing prompts pdf and other resources above, check out this excellent and simple list of journal ideas for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction. 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.

  1. Favorite game or sport
  2. Favorite foods
  3. Favorite place
  4. Favorite person
  5. Favorite book
  6. Favorite fictional character or favorite character in general
  7. Favorite movie and movie star
  8. Favorite animals
  9. Favorite holiday
  10. Favorite toys from childhood
  11. Favorite rides
  12. Favorite sport
  13. Favorite types of clothes
  14. Favorite song or type of music
  15. Best way to spend the whole day
  16. Best way to spend summer vacation
  17. Best gift
  18. A great gift to give others
  19. Write a short story about scientists, a new planet, a spaceship, a time machine, and a chicken.
  20. Write a news story from your perspective
  21. Write about your daily routine
  22. Write a letter to your future self about the types of things that you love in your life today
  23. What type of pet do you wish you had?
  24. What are your best strengths?
  25. Write a story about a frog with new found magical powers who goes on a trip to outer space to find new friends.
  26. Write a story about a hero and a mad scientist who each have an unusual superpower.
  27. Write a story about an elephant traveling to a new city during the autumn season.
  28. Homework, Chores, yay or nay?
  29. Do you enjoy going to amusement parks? 
  30. Have you ever had to start a new school? Write about it. 
  31. Write a diary entry that is a review of the movie you watched in the past week.
  32. Would you like to give or receive a surprise birthday party (or both) and why? 
  33. Pick a random book, open it, and write about the first word you see in it. 
  34. What type of business you would love to own? What types of products attract you to it and why?
  35. If I were in charge of the whole world, I’d…
  36. If I were in charge of the school lunch menu, I’d…
  37. Write the weather forecast from the perspective of a mouse (or an alien if you prefer!).
  38. Set a timer and write non-stop for 3 minutes.
  39. Do you think correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important skills? 
  40. Rewrite the ending of your favorite fairy tale.
  41. Write a travel guide about the town, city, or area where you live.
  42. Oranges for orange juice or lemons for lemonade. Which would you pick and why?
  43. Create a new vegetable that kids love. Write about it in detail. 

Okie dokie, now check out these…

Check out these creative 4th grade writing prompts and more…

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, and the simple act of writing is a powerful way to express feelings, and 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

More Printable 4th Grade Writing Worksheets Discover some fabulous resources brought to you by Great! Schools.

Easy Writing Help & Quick Tips for 4th Grades

Use the tips below to improve the writing process for your young writers and help to keep them engaged.

1. Writing Is Important

Show your fourth grader why writing is important. You can do so by modeling the importance of writing. For example, when you write stuff down do so in front of your child.

You can make this more powerful by reading out loud what you are recording as you are writing it. Explain the value writing offers in the situation. Do what you can to help your child see the value of writing.

2. Proper Writing Tools

Be sure your child has the proper writing tools. This means the correct writing paper for your child’s age. The paper could have lines, no lines, or a fun pattern on it that your child loves.

Children also enjoy writing with their very own “special” crayons, pencils, or markers. You could make getting your child’s writing tools a big deal. Let your third grader know their writing tools are valuable. After all, they support them in learning a vital life skill.

3. Easy Access to Writing Tools

Leave plenty of paper, crayons, markers, and pencils available for your child to use whenever they are feeling creative. Encourage your kids to draw and scribble as much as they want to.

Further, mix it up and ask children to draw and write about activities they did that day. You want them to get used to writing things down, especially in this age of technology.

4. Encourage Writing

Encourage your child to write, write, write. Write when they are happy, when they are sad, and when they are not sure how they feel.  Ask them to write funny stories or their name over and over again. You could have them trace the letters of their first name. Ask them to read back to you everything that they wrote.

To further encourage a child’s writing skill development, do not correct the child on the mistakes that he or she makes. Doing so could end up making them feel bad about writing. Remember, this is writing practice, not a test.

If you decide to go ahead and correct mistakes, you must be gentle. This will help your child feel a little better about your feedback and not take it to heart.

5. Make Learning Writing Fun!

Learning to write doesn’t have to be a hassle or boring for children, rather you can make it fun. When learning any new skill, it has to interest and engage a child.

Consider playing games together that involve writing. For example, you could play Hangman or Scrabble. You could even create a word search that has your child’s name in it.

Don’t forget to encourage your grade 4 child to write some fun stories that will make you both laugh and be sure to encourage them to draw plenty of pictures if they are the more artistic type (or even if they aren’t!).

6. Reward Your Child’s Writing Efforts

When you are offering writing help for fourth graders, you must reward your child when they do a great job. It could be with their favorite food, a special trip to the grocery store to buy their favorite snack, or spending quality time together. The reward could even be a new pack of markers and crayons.

Remember, when teaching writing, you and your child can have a great time. You’re learning and laughing together. Plus, you’re making fun memories that will last a lifetime

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Until next time, keep on practicing those writing skills with your fourth graders…

Journal Buddies Jill
creator and curator

Grade 4 Printable Writing Prompts and Journal Pages
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