Fourth Grade Writing Prompts #9: 
Grab Bag #3

This last set of fourth grade writing prompts has no particular subject but may give your children and students more leeway for creativity. If you've tried everything to get your kids writing, this may just the solution you're looking for.

You may notice that the numbers on this page do not start at 1 and work their way up. This is because these 10 fourth grade writing prompts are an excerpt from my book,500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade. If you like these free samples, the full version is available in both digital andpaperback form. 

Fourth Grade Writing Prompts #9: Grab Bag #3

471. People say that you pass by a thousand different stories a day, as almost every person that you walk by has a story of his own. Create a story about a random person that you passed by today or someone in the room. If the person seemed grumpy, create a story of why he was grumpy. If he seemed happy, explain why. Go into extreme detail.

472. What is the most memorable dream or nightmare that you have ever had? Go into detail about it and why it has stuck with you. Imagine that you could go into that dream or nightmare and have full control over it. How would it have changed?

473. Describe the place that you and your family live. How many rooms are there? What is the color of the outside and the walls on the inside? Write all about your house, your neighborhood and your room. Talk about the things you like about it and the things you don’t.

474. A popular phrase for parents to say when they’re scolding you is “when I was your age…” What do you think your parents were like when they were your age? How did they act and were they really the good kids that they claim to be?

475. While giving money to charity is a great way to help out, another thing you can do is give your time. What are some of the things in your area you could give your time volunteering to? Why would you choose those things and who would they benefit?

476. Some of us are lucky enough to have a favorite pet in our house like a dog, cat or fish. Recount a day in the life of your pet from his perspective. Imagine that the pet speaks in English and can talk about everything that happened to him at great length.

477. Talking on the phone can make some people feel nervous. Are you one of those people that feel nervous on the phone or are you more confident? If you are nervous, what are some of the things you think you could do to feel less nervous?

478. While a lot of horror movies portray zombies, vampires and other monsters as being scary, what if they actually did exist and they weren’t so bad after all? Imagine that you have sat down to chat with a zombie, a vampire and a werewolf at a coffee shop. What do you all talk about?

479. Imagine that a friend told you the biggest secret you’d ever heard in your life. Do you think that you’d be able to keep it or that it would be too tough? If you did tell somebody, who would you tell and why?

480. You and your friends have decided to play a giant game of Capture the Flag throughout an entire park. Who are some of the people on your team and who are some of the people on the other team? Describe the game, how it goes and who wins! 

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Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.
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