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4th Grade Writing Prompts | 73 Exciting Journal Starters for Kids

4th grade writing prompts for teachers, kids, parents… 

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

But kids can be a tough audience – that’s why we’ve provided a list of seventy-three new 4th grade writing prompts.  These prompts are sure to help the wheels start turning, and to brighten up any student’s day.
This listing of journal prompt ideas range from the silly to the reflective, and from practical to the impossible.  This listing of journal starters is sure to help your fourth-grader develop an entirely new outlook on writing and the opportunities that journaling can bring.

Seventy-Three 4th Grade Writing Prompts that
Inspire and Ignite the Imagination

  1. Finding an undiscovered planet
  2. This year, I want to learn…
  3. Hiking in the mountains
  4. My favorite family tradition
  5. My best friend is awesome because…
  6. What my family does on the 4th of July
  7. A list of things on my desk
  8. What America means to me
  9. One of my best memories
  10. Would I rather be rich or famous?
  11. Time capsules are…
  12. Something I’d like to be better at
  13. Climbing the world’s largest tower
  14. A secret garden
  15. Finding a secret room in your house
  16. Jumping on clouds
  17. Diving undersea to find a hidden temple
  18. Becoming a giant
  19. Growing up with cousins
  20. Taking an escalator to the moon
  21. Underwater house
  22. Having a food fight
  23. Being in a video game
  24. Race car driver
  25. Making a new ice cream flavor
  26. Exploring the pyramids
  27. Do aliens exist?
  28. Living on a farm
  29. An epic game of hide and seek
  30. Playing a professional sport
  31. Life as a germ
  32. Playing instruments
  33. Being a rock singer
  34. Write a letter to a pen-pal
  35. If I could live in any state
  36. If I could have any pet
  37. The best compliment I ever received…
  38. My favorite book
  39. Television is…
  40. Cooking with family
  41. Someday, I want to be ________
  42. If I could live in any time in history, I would choose ________
  43. My favorite toy when I was younger
  44. What 5 things would I want if I was stranded on a desert island?
  45. I felt grown-up, when ______________
  46. Brothers/sisters are important because…
  47. If I could trade places with anyone for a day
  48. The best April fool’s joke I ever played
  49. A perfect day
  50. My favorite month of the year
  51. Walking on the ceiling
  52. My favorite pair of shoes
  53. Finding buried treasure
  54. If dinosaurs still existed
  55. My greatest talent
  56. What if there were only 18 hours in a day?
  57. Something that embarrasses me is…
  58. The best restaurant I’ve ever been to
  59. I like living in [city], because…
  60. The most important thing I ever learned
  61. If I was the principal, I would _______
  62. Can wishes come true?
  63. People who I couldn’t live without
  64. My favorite thing in my bedroom
  65. A list of states or countries I’ve been to
  66. What would grow in my garden?
  67. A day in the life of a superhero
  68. Rules are important because…
  69. If i was a color, i would be _______
  70. My favorite thing about myself
  71. I think tests are important/unimportant because…
  72. Staying home alone
  73. The best teacher I ever had

Journal Prompts for Kids

I hope that this listing of 4th grade writing prompts was inspiring and useful to you and your students, children, and special kids. Happy journaling to you!

Jill Schoenberg

Award-Winning Author of the Family Friendly Journal Buddies Books. Available from

About the Author
Jill Schoenberg is the author of the award winning books Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence and Journal Buddies: A Boys Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence, available from

18 Brilliant Comments - Join Discussion Now!

  1. Love the site! I specialized for many years in inspiring and growing reluctant writers, and there is so much here to recommend to teachers and parents! Wish you all the best! Write on!

  2. Jill says:

    Why thank you, Janet! I checked out your website and it is packed full of wonderful resources. In fact I’m so fond of your site that I’ve added a link to it on my resources page! Write on is right!!! :D

  3. Hello, Jill! I had to stop by and browse around a bit more for additional inspiration in planning lessons for the students I tutor! Writing and journaling truly helps kids-and adults!-transform into the transcendent selves they were always meant to be, and it’s wonderful that your website and work are making that happen!

    I feel honored that you like my own fledging little site! I so enjoyed writing with kids of all ages- and across the curriculum- during the years that I was in the classroom, that I decided to build a resource sharing my material. I have a long way to go: more pages of content, dozens of photos and templates to edit and post, contact forms, etc., etc. I’m writing in between tutoring students and training dogs!:)

    Again, thank you for the kind words, and I’ll probably order a few of your Journal Buddies shortly! As well as drop by soon!


  4. Jill says:

    Indeed there is little on earth that journaling, writing, creative self-expression can not help one to process, deal with, understand, transform, transcend and grow from as we adventure through our wondrous (and sometimes very challenging) lives here on earth.

    Thank you for utilizing my site as a resource — and possibly my books, too — and know that I look forward to witnessing your site’s growth. There is no doubt in my heart and mind that we are kindred spirits. It is truly my honor to connect with you!

    Visit again soon and write, comment and keep in touch. :D

  5. SAM says:

    I love this website, now I can give prompts to my students and other things.

  6. Jill says:

    Thank you. I’m glad you love it! :D

  7. mahek says:

    i like this website and i like writing

  8. Jill says:

    Hi Mahek,

    I am so glad you like the site and thrilled that you like writing!!!! Write on…



  9. Alyx says:

    I like writing. These are great journal starters for me.

    Here are some other good journal starters:
    If I had three wishes
    My best adventure
    My museum/amusement park
    A museum where strange things begin to happen
    I’m a fashion designer
    A trip to the big city
    Living in an apartment
    I found an old house in the woods
    I saw a tiger in a cave

  10. Jill says:

    I love your journal prompt ideas, Alyx!! Thanks for sharing them and helping to inspire even more writing. :D

    Jill, Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

  11. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for the ideas! We always need extra topics. Mom can only think of so many things.

  12. Jill says:

    You are very welcome, Jessica. Please bookmark our site and/or sign up to get email notifications when new articles get published as there will be hundreds of journal prompts added in the coming months. Seriously… in October alone there will be some 300+ prompts! And please share this resource with other moms if you would. :)

    Journal on…

    Jill, Author and Creator of Journal Buddies

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  14. jay boogers says:

    I like this website.

  15. Jill says:

    Why thank you! :)


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  17. Jill says:

    I’m glad you like the prompts, Trinity! :D

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