Get your students excited about writing by sharing these creative expository writing prompts 4th grade students will love!
Prompt 1: Write a story where the LAST line is "And that's how McHenry the rabbit became the star of the show."
Prompt 2: What do you think the expression, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" means? Write an essay about someone you know who might be considered "a squeaky wheel."
Prompt 3: You wake up one morning only to find that the year is 1863 and you are in the White House with President Lincoln. What do you tell him about the future of this country?
Prompt 4: You have been invited to create a new Superheo comic book series. What type of hero would you create? What would his or her super powers be? And who would be the new villian in the series?
Prompt 5: The garden you planted in the spring has grown wild. The flowers grew up the side of the house and are now creeping in through your bedroom window. Each time you try to cut them back, they grow twice as fast and twice as tall. It's gotten so bad, your parents think you are going to have to move! But who would buy a house where the flowers are taking over? Think about, and then write about, what you're going to do to correct the situation.
Prompt 6: Write a story about a picnic from an ant's point of view.
Prompt 7: Your parents have said you can have a new scooter, but you need to pay for part of it with your own money which you've earned. Write an essay explaining what you can do to earn the money.
Prompt 8: You love, love, love cold weather and everything that goes along with it, from sledding, to building snowmen, to snow days off from school. Now you find that your family is moving to sunny and always hot Florida! Do you think you'll learn to love having summer year round? Write an essay explaining how you think you'll feel when you move to your new home.
Prompt 9: You like scary movies, your best friend likes comedies. Your parents are taking you to the movies this weekend. How do you decide what type of movie you'll see?
Prompt 10: Write an essay explaining what you think the expression "a fool and his money are soon parted" means.
Prompt 11: You have just won a million dollars in the lottery. Write about all of the things that you would do with your new found fortune.
Prompt 12: Write a story which starts out like this: Once upon a time there were three kangaroos.
Prompt 13: Your mom was baking her famous chocolate chip, animal cracker, banana nut cake, but something went terriby wrong. What happened to the cake and what does it taste like?
Prompt 14: You've invited 10 children to your birthday party, but eleven show up. The univited guest is a classmate that causes you trouble in school. Write a story about how you would handle the situation.
Prompt 15: Write a short story that has these words in it: thunderstorm, piano, sunglasses, hotdog, gorilla.
Prompt 16: There's an expression which states, He can't see the forest for the trees. Write a paragraph explaining what you think that expression means.
Prompt 17: Do you like your name or do you hate it? Write an essay about your name. Why did your parent's choose it, and if you like it, why? If you don't like it, why not, and what would you choose for a name if it were up to you?
Prompt 18: You wake up one morning and find that both you and your kitten have shrunk down to the size of butterfies. Write a story about your adventures.
Prompt 19: Something happened on a Wednesday that now makes Wednesdays your least favorite day of the week. What happened?
Prompt 20: Rewrite the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears from Mama Bear's point of view.
Prompt 21: You won a stuffed rabbit at the town's local carnival. When you get it home, you find that he can walk and talk! What kind of adventures do you have together?
Prompt 22: Today you're the backpack of a first grader. Describe the adventures of your day.
Prompt 23: After a big picnic lunch on the fourth of July, you take a nap on a blanket. When you wake up, it's snowing. What happened? Did you sleep into winter like Rip Van Winkle or is it a surprise summer snow storm?
Prompt 24: You're in the movie theater with your parents watching a Pixar movie, when all of a sudden you find yourself as one of the characters in the movie. What movie were you watching and what character did you become? Write a story about how it feels to be in the movie.
Prompt 25: You are lucky enough to be in a hot air balloon flying high above everyone. Write a description of all that you see.