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Grade 4 Creative Writing Project (Short Stories – Fairytales)
Grade 4 Creative Writing Project (Short Stories – Fairytales) Genre: Short Stories – Fairytales Word Document
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50 Creative Fourth Grade Writing Prompts (Free Printable!)
Inspiration for your students’ daily writing practice.
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!
If you’d like even more upper elementary writing prompts, we publish new ones twice a week on our kid-friendly site: the Daily Classroom Hub . Make sure to bookmark the link!
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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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5 Writing Enrichment Activities for 4th Grade Students
by Studentreasures | Mar. 3, 2021 | Writing Skill-Building Activity
Like playing pretend, creative writing is the art of creating something from nothing. Creative writing is painting with any brush and any palette you like. It’s writing music without being restricted to using traditional instruments.
As beloved children’s author C.S. Lewis once said, “you can make anything by writing.”
The key to teaching 4th grade creative writing is coming up with enrichment activities that encourage your students to fully explore the “creative” side of the equation.
It’s all about going beyond the simple understanding of writing and its mechanics in order to discover and play with new ways of using them to create something totally unique.
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Activity #1: Silly Simile Grab Bags
This enrichment activity puts the fun back into the fundamentals of creative writing by bringing out your students’ silly sides. Have each of your students come up with a single simile using the framed sentence “a [noun] as [adjective] as a [noun] .”
Then, provide them each with three index cards. On the backs of two of the cards, have them write “noun.” On the third card, have them write “adjective.”
On the opposite sides of the cards, ask them to write the adjective and nouns from their simile. For instance, the simile “a dog as clever as a fox” would generate a noun card for “dog,” an adjective card for “clever,” and a noun card for “fox.”
Have all of your students place their noun cards in one large bag and their adjectives in another.
Mix them up well! Then, have each student choose two noun cards and one adjective at random and use them to create a new simile.
Chances are there will be more than one strange comparison as a result! Be sure to have your students share their new similes with the class and talk about how each one could actually make sense if you look at it the right way.
Even the weirdest similes can be made to work with a little creativity!
Ask your students to write short stories that are inspired by their new similes and draw illustrations to match. Then, publish their stories and drawings into an awesome classbook that will transform your young writers into published authors!
Activity #2: Collaborative Blackout Poetry
This enrichment activity introduces a little creative collaboration to the writing process.
Start by having your students brainstorm together as a class to develop a theme to write about. Ask them to each write a one-page short story on that theme.
Then, ask them to make clean copies (type them up and print them out if possible!) and trade their stories with a fellow classmate.
Finally, walk them through the process of creating blackout poetry, using their partner’s short story as the canvas for their work!
Ask your students to decorate the margins of their stories and poems with doodles and colorful designs. Then, collect their writings and publish the original stories alongside the poems in a creative and memorable classbook that showcases the power of collaboration and the written word!
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Activity #3: Character Creation
If you or your students happen to be fans of games like Dungeons & Dragons or The Elder Scrolls, you’re in for a treat with this creative writing activity .
Begin by creating or finding and downloading a free copy of a generic character-building worksheet.
Ideally, this will include items like the character’s name, where they are from, their age, their occupation, their gender, et cetera.
Divide your students into pairs or groups and have them work together using the worksheet to create an original fictional character.
Once the characters are complete, ask each team to share theirs with the class. Have your students take notes or make copies to share.
When every character has been introduced, ask your students to each write their own individual short stories about how all of these characters wound up in the same place.
It’s an excellent exercise in both character and plot development, and of course, it’s super fun! You can even join in the good times and create a character of your own to use as an example for the class!
While each group will work together to fill out the character-building sheet, ask each student to draw their own individual interpretation of what they believe the character looks like.
They must follow what’s on the sheet, but they have complete creative license beyond that. The only other rule is that they cannot share their drawings with the rest of their team until everyone is done.
Once they are finished, have your students share their drawings. Use the results to fuel a discussion about how differently people can interpret the same character or story, no matter how clearly you think you’ve explained it.
Finally, publish their stories and illustrations into a beautiful full-color classbook that will do their creativity justice.
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Activity #4: fictional history.
This enrichment activity combines the creative freedom of fiction with historical context to help develop your students’ writing skills .
Ask your students to create an imaginary historical figure and give them a name, an occupation and a time period in which to reside.
Ask them to write about their fictional creations and describe their greatest historical achievement (and explain why no one has heard of them or their achievement before now!)
Here’s the catch… their stories must include factual details that reflect the setting they have chosen.
This can include anything from referencing events from their chosen time period to describing the city, town or country in which they achieved greatness (or infamy!).
Ask your students to draw portraits of their characters using the style of other portraits from their chosen time period as a guide. Match the portraits to the fictional biographies and publish them in a neat historical-fiction-themed classbook ! You can even use your students’ portraits to create a collage and use it as the cover image!
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Activity #5: Nutty News Articles
This writing enrichment activity is similar to the previous one, except your students will be creating fictional current events, as opposed to fictional historical figures and events.
Start by creating or getting ahold of some newspaper-article-inspired graphic organizers to help your students format their creative writing into a piece that a journalist would write.
Then, have your students come up with their own nutty news headlines and pretend to be the investigative reporter who is covering the story.
If you want to provide them with some inspiration, you could bring in some newspaper articles or share a few links from reputable news sites in the hope that it will get their creative juices flowing.
Here are some examples of a few nutty news headlines.
- Epic Battle Between Heroes and Villians in the Heart of L.A.
- Gargantuan Snow Storm Turns Ecuador Into Frozen Wasteland
- Mystery UFO Rains Candy Down Upon the Down Under
- What a Pass! NFL Quarterback Throws Football Into Outer Space
Once your students have all come up with their wacky headlines, have them use the aforementioned graphic organizers to create their very own news articles for the Nutty Newspaper .
Be sure they include illustrations to go along with their articles OR during computer class, they can use a simple picture-creation program to digitally manufacture their own photographs of the incident.
Once all of your students’ news articles are complete, publish them all in a classbook and bring their breaking news to life!
Making Creative Writing Enrichment Exciting
Every teacher knows that the easiest lessons to teach are the ones that your students are actually excited to learn about.
While the creative writing process can be a joy in and of itself for some, many students may need a little extra push to feel inspired.
That’s where these enrichment activities come in. By making the lesson as engaging and enjoyable as possible, you’re opening their minds to the possibilities of creative writing and helping them to realize their own creative potential .
Furthermore, by publishing their work, you’re not only motivating them to put extra effort into their writing, but you’re also building up their confidence as writers and as students.
This, in turn, will encourage them to continue to explore their own boundaries and broaden their horizons. Who knows? Perhaps one of them will become the next C.S. Lewis someday. The possibilities are endless!
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100 Creative 4th Grade Writing Prompts
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Offering age-appropriate inspiration for older elementary kids, these creative 4th grade writing prompts will get minds thinking and pencils moving across the page. From funny prompts to thought-provoking questions, there's something to inspire everyone.
Funny Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
Older elementary kids are fine-tuning their sense of what is funny . They find absurd things hilarious, as well as gross humor. They are becoming better at wit and sarcasm, too. These writing prompts will have them laughing:
- Describe the most disgusting school lunch you can imagine. How do the other kids react to it?
- Would you rather have glitter rain down on you when you walked through a doorway or have your shoes make a loud honking sound with every step? Explain your choice.
- Imagine you spend the entire school day with four hands. How are things different?
- Picture two kids sitting face-to-face with cardboard boxes on their heads. They are playing a game. You write the rules.
- You wake up one morning, and dogs can talk. Describe your day.
- A witch casts a spell on your mom so she can only meow instead of talk. You spend Saturday working with her to break the spell.
- You try a new shampoo and it makes leafy branches sprout from your head. How do you get through your day?
- It's opposites day, and you have to say everything as an opposite. Write about your favorite food.
- A baby is your substitute teacher. What happens?
- You wake up one morning with a tail. How does it help or get in the way?
- Write a story about a character who only knows how to say the word "Yes."
You have a dream that you are performing your favorite song in front of the entire school while wearing a horse mask. Then, you realize it isn't actually a dream. What is going on?
Poetry Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
Writing poetry is a great way for 4th graders to express themselves. Great writing prompts help them experiment with new poetry forms and learn about using imagery.
- Write a poem about a sound you love without ever naming the thing that makes the sound.
- Use poetry to tell about a time you were teased or bullied.
- Write a poem from the perspective of the street you live on.
- Write a haiku about the weekend.
- Describe someone you love in a poem of 25 words or fewer.
- What does it feel like to wait for your birthday to come? Write a poem about it.
- What makes you feel better when you're sad? Write a poem in the form of a recipe or doctor's prescription for feeling better.
- Have you had to give something up as you've gotten older? Write a poem about that thing.
- You're walking down a path through a field when you realize it splits in two directions. Write a poem about how you decide which way to go. Read about Robert Frost for inspiration.
- Rewrite your favorite song, making it about school.
- Think of something that is special in your house, such as a decoration or precious item. Describe it in a poem.
- Write a poem about lying awake in your bed at night.
- Think of something broken, such as a bike, a window, a phone, or anything else. How is that broken thing like a situation in your life or in the world?
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4th Grade Fiction Writing Prompts
The middle grades are the golden time for reading, and many 4th graders love fiction. Inspire them to write wonderful and imaginative short stories with these helpful prompts that explore character, setting, and other important elements of fiction:
- Your neighbor tells you she saw a werewolf.
- Your mom asks you to move a picture on your living room wall. When you lift it up, an envelope falls out. It has $1,000 in it.
- A character wakes up surrounded by mist. He or she starts walking, and the mist begins to clear. What does the world look like?
- Every time you open a book, the first page disappears and is replaced by a single word. It's always the same with every book you try to read. What is the word and why does it keep appearing?
- Your main character finds an old film camera in his or her grandparents' house. It still has film in it. When they develop the film, what do the pictures show?
- You find a journal from 1865. It's written by an 11-year-old. You read it, and on the last page, it says, "Please come help me." What happens next?
- The main character of your story wakes up one morning to discover he or she has aged five years overnight.
- You step into your grandmother's coat closet and discover it leads to a jungle. What happens if you step inside?
- Write a story about a boy who wakes up one morning as his own dad and has to go to work in an office.
- You're riding your bike home from your friend's house one evening when you see a UFO. It lands on the path in front of you.
- Write a story about someone who is afraid to try anything new. What happens when that person has to become a taste tester for a cooking show?
- A new girl joins your class. During math, she passes you a note that says, "Do you remember me?"
Write a story about children who have a magical tea party with animals.
Animal Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
Animals offer a great way for kids to explore their descriptive powers and imagination. These writing prompts will inspire animal lovers:
- You can suddenly understand what dogs are saying when they bark, and you start translating for them.
- You get up in the middle of the night to get some water and step on your brother's toy dinosaur. You hear a roar and lift your foot just in time to avoid being bitten.
- You're out in your backyard when you suddenly shrink down to six inches tall. A bunny hops up. It's gigantic.
- Your dog turns into a pig, and you're the only one who notices.
- Write a shape poem or concrete poem where the words are in the shape of your favorite animal.
- A kid wakes up to find a giraffe standing over his bed. What happens next?
- If you could have any pet, what would it be?
- Tell about how you and your pet met each other, but tell the story from your pet's point of view. If you don't have a pet, make one up.
- Imagine you are going on a trip. Tell someone how to take care of your pet snake while you're gone. What should they feed it? What should they watch out for?
- What kind of pet would you choose for your teacher? Why?
- Are there animals that make bad pets? Why or why not?
- You get a call from a scientist who needs your advice. She is trying to design a new animal by combining DNA from other animals, and she wants to know which animals to use.
- You wake up one day with bird wings. How is your day different?
You walk into your kitchen to see your little brother and your cat eating breakfast together at the table. Your brother acts like nothing strange is going on.
4th Grade Opinion Writing Prompts
Whether kids are learning to write a persuasive essay , a speech, or any other type of opinion piece, these prompts can help them hone their skills. These are subjects 4th graders will be passionate about:
- Should there be school in the summer? Why or why not?
- Is it right that parents can get in trouble if kids don't go to school?
- What is the best bedtime for a 4th grader?
- Is sugar bad for kids? Why or why not?
- Who is the best singer on the planet right now? How come?
- Should siblings share a bedroom?
- Are there movies kids shouldn't be allowed to see until they're in middle school?
- Is homework good for learning?
- How old should kids be when they get their own phones?
- Who makes the best pizza? Why?
4th Grade Writing Prompts About Emotion
These prompts can help kids add emotion to their writing. This is a great way to introduce memoir and creative nonfiction. Try these inspiring ideas:
- A princess cries tears that have magical properties, but she is always happy. Write a story about how an evil villain tries to make her cry.
- When did you last laugh so hard you were gasping for breath?
- How do you know when your parents are upset?
- When was the last time you felt angry? What happened?
- Are there things in your life that are unfair?
- When was the last time you were perfectly happy?
- How do you feel on your birthday?
- What do you worry about at night?
- Write a poem about the last time you cried.
Write a story about a girl crying on the school bus. What happened?
Journal Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
Journal writing is a great way to explore personal narratives and process feelings. These prompts will inspire older elementary kids to share:
- Write about your favorite blanket or toy from when you were little.
- If you had one wish and couldn't wish for more wishes, what would you ask for?
- Make a list of 25 things you love about your life.
- Who inspires you?
- What kind of object are you like?
- Have you ever out-smarted another person?
- How do you feel about rainy days?
- What is something that you've never done before but want to?
- What is your favorite hobby? Talk about the last time you did it.
- How are you like someone else in your family?
- How would you handle it if you saw someone being bullied?
- What was the last hard decision you had to make? Why was it difficult?
- Have you ever been homesick? What was it like?
- What would you say to your kindergarten self?
- Have you ever been talked into something? How did it work out?
- Has anything weird ever happened on a family outing or vacation?
- What has a grandparent or other older adult taught you?
- Is school different for girls and boys?
Descriptive Writing Prompts for 4th Graders
Writing descriptively is a skill kids are developing in 4th grade. They're learning how to use adjectives and other descriptive words in creative ways. These writing prompts can help spark some ideas:
- Describe a common food, such as pizza or waffles, to someone who has never heard of it before.
- Tell about the last time you hurt yourself. What happened? What did it feel like?
- Describe your mom's three best qualities.
- Tell about someone you know who is a good friend. What makes that person awesome?
- Write about your favorite holiday meal.
- Describe your state or province to someone who has never been there.
- What does your bedroom look like?
- What is your favorite season? What makes it great?
- What were you for Halloween last year? Describe your costume.
- What do you know how to cook? Detail the steps involved in making that food.
Help 4th Graders Become Writers
Writing is a great way to teach 4th grade grammar , word usage, and spelling . It's also fun for kids to learn to express themselves with words. You can use these 4th grade writing prompt ideas to encourage kids to experience the joy of developing their own voices.
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Use these inspiring and creative 4th grade writing prompts to get older elementary kids excited about writing! From funny prompts to prompts for writing