Fourth grade is a time for students to continue to hone their writing chops as they put to use the skills they’ve learned and gain confidence in their abilities. We’ve collected 50 fourth grade writing prompts—including opinion, persuasive, informational, and narrative—to spur your students’ imaginations and get them writing!
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1. Would you rather be good at sports or good in school? Why?
2. If you had a YouTube channel, what would you talk about?
3. Would you rather have lots of money or lots of friends? Why?
4. What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
5. Are fourth graders ready to stay home alone? Why or why not?
6. Name two characters from different books that you think might be good friends. Why?
7. Which is more important for success—skill or luck?
8. Should kids be paid an allowance to do chores around the house? Why or why not?
9. What’s the best book you’ve read recently? What was it all about?
10. Why are classroom rules important?
11. If you won a million dollars, how would you spend the money?
12. If you met an alien, what three questions would you ask them?
13. Why is math important?
14. Why is science important?
15. Pretend you drank a magic potion that made you as tiny as an ant. Where would you go and what would you do?
16. Pretend you ate a magic pill that made you as tall as a redwood tree. Where would you go and what would you do?
17. Should fourth graders have cell phones? Why or why not?
18. Describe what you think of as perfect weather.
19. Describe how to build a birdhouse step by step.
20. Share one of the stories your family has told you about when you were a baby.
21. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
22. If you could open a store, what type of store would it be and why?
23. If you had a time machine, what era of history would you visit?
24. Write about an adult you look up to.
25. What’s the nicest thing anybody has ever done for you?
26. Is it ever okay to tell secrets? Why or why not?
27. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
28. Write about a time you felt like quitting but didn’t. How did you keep yourself going?
29. Do you like nonfiction books or fiction books better? Why?
30. What makes your family unique?
31. What would you say is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness?
32. Write five rules for staying organized.
33. Which would you rather read—a scary story that gives you goosebumps or a funny story that cracks you up? Why?
34. What is the worst book you ever read?
35. Describe the physical appearance of someone in your family in detail.
36. If you made a time capsule of the year 2020, what would you put in it?
37. There’s an old saying: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” What do you think this saying means?
38. One of your little cousins is very nervous about starting kindergarten. What would you tell them to make them feel better?
39. Write a story that includes these five words: keys, spaghetti, uncle, jellyfish, rocketship.
40. Imagine you are in a hot air balloon above your house. Describe everything you can see.
41. Are you a patient person? Why or why not?
42. Describe how to play your favorite board game.
43. What is the hardest thing about being a fourth grader?
44. If I were the ruler of the world, the first law I would pass would be _______ because_____.
45. What is something you’ve never done that you would like to try?
46. What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you?
47. Describe your perfect day.
48. If you found a backpack filled with dollar bills, what would you do?
49. What would the world be like if dinosaurs still existed?
50. Imagine you are an adult and describe your dream job.
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