Fourth grade can be a tough time for students. They’ve got heavier workloads and more responsibility than the younger grades, and hormones are often starting to rear their heads. That’s why it’s so important to create a welcoming and inviting learning environment for kids this age. To help you get started, here’s a list of 18 fresh and fun fourth grade classroom ideas!

1. Use your walls to your advantage

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REALITY CHECK! First year teacher friends: You do not have to go into debt to create a cute insta-worthy classroom. I remember walking into a co-workers classroom last year and thinking that her classroom looks like it should be on the cover of Pinterest teacher magazine (if that is even a thing🤣) and I was STRESSED about it. I wanted my classroom to look like just like hers and I was extremely jealous!! The photo above is from my library from last year. Many of the things you see I made, were donated, or I bought for an extremely low price. I love this corner of my room and I love decorating and making my classroom homey for students but here’s the thing: what makes my classroom wonderful isn’t the decor. It’s the students and our classroom community. I don’t come into work excited to see my beautiful decor everyday. I come into work with a smile on my face because I know I get to see my students!! The trick to being an insta-worthy classroom is to show up every day, love your students hard, be creative, and have fun. THATS IT. Second year teacher over and out ✌🏼. . . . #iteach #iteach4th #4thgrade #classroom #classroomdecor #minnesotateacher #midwestteacher #firstyearteacher #mnteachers #iteach #iteach345 #tptteachersfollowloop #teacherlife #4thgradeclassroom #4thgradeteacher #teachers #fourthgrade #fourthgradeteacher #teacher #teach #elementaryteacher #iteach #iteach456 #iteachfourth #teacherorganization #firstyearteacher #firstyearteacheradvice #teachertips

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Wood accents can add some depth to your fourth grade classroom (even if it’s fake)!

2. Shine a spotlight on heroes


Empower your students by showcasing kids who are activists!

3. Can it be summer year round?

Summer’s fun-loving and carefree energy is great for any season.

4. Create a job board

Hang a “Help Wanted” sign, complete with job descriptions, and encourage them to step up!

5. Do a little at a time

As this teacher reminds us, transforming your fourth grade classroom doesn’t have to happen overnight!

6. Make it feel like home

This inviting classroom library space looks more like a cozy living room!

7. Use sweet color palettes

Pastels add eye-catching color in soothing, calming tones.

8. Break it down

Support kids as they learn bigger concepts, like annotation, with a bulletin board that breaks down the steps.

9. Put an elegant spin on your classroom library

Subdued hues, wicker seating, and an accent rug elevate this decor!

10. Strengthen the core

Those colorful balance ball chairs will engage their minds and bodies!

11. Variety adds spice to life

Different table heights, multiple seating options, and an open concept can spark imagination!

12. Shades of inspiration

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Today was not an easy day! Teaching is not an easy job! I am mentally exhausted. . I’ve really struggled mentally this year.. i literally question everything I do! It’s really taking a toll on me. . I have a very large gap in academic abilities inside my classroom. Some above level, on level, but some 2-3 grade levels behind and I have struggled. . Today was one of those days where it just hit me hard. I wanted to throw my hands up, toss the papers, and never come back! 😭no I’m not being dramatic either. . But there’s always a new day that comes. Tomorrow will be better! It just has to be 🙏🏼 . . . #teachermom #teacherlife #teachermomlife #amienough #fourthgradeteacher #exhaustedteacher #tiredteacher #momtired #teachertired #mentalstruggle #fourthgradeclassroom #outsidelookingin #teachingisnteasy #notforthefaintofheart #mondaymood #tomorrowisanewday

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Choose a color for your classroom and then combine elements in several different shades along with accent pieces. It creates a remarkably complex space!

13. Plant the seeds of gratitude

While you’ll likely cover this in November, find ways to discuss thankfulness all year.

14. Invite kids to share what they are reading

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I hated reading as a kid. I also don’t remember a teacher ever suggesting a book or teaching me how to find one I might enjoy. ⠀ This corner is one of my favorite spaces in our room because it’s a place where we can have the those conversations. We are lucky to have our classroom is bursting with books with them to choose from. I’m not going to say I’m a reader now, but I do love advising my students on books they might like! ⠀ Do you remember what you read in fourth grade? What books do you ALWAYS suggest for your students to read? ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #books #library #classroomlibrary #iteach #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofinsta #teachersofig #teachersofthegram #igconnect4edu #teachersfollowteachers #weareteachers #tftpickme #teacher #teaching #classroom #elementaryteacher #fourthgradeclassroom #fourthgradeclass #fourthgradeteacher #fourthgraderocks #independentschool

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Start a conversation about books with an interactive library corner.

15. Post student “selfies”

Start the year with 4th Grade Selfies. It’s a great way to encourage self-reflection and help kids get to know each other. Keep these to see how much they’ve grown by the last day of school!

16. Take them to the beach!

Okay, you probably can’t go to the beach, but you can bring the palm trees and flamingos to your fourth grade classroom! Check out our beach theme ideas.

17. Celebrate books

This adorable bulletin board reminds kids that reading is an adventure!

18. Add a cozy reading spot

Pom poms, string lights, folding chairs, and a rustic rug? This is a book lover’s paradise!

Plus check out the ultimate checklist for setting up your fourth grade classroom.

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18 Fresh & Fun Fourth Grade Classroom Ideas