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Building words

In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice creating and spelling words by adding -s, -ing, and -ful.

Clauses: parts of a sentence

Is that the main clause or a subordinate clause? In this language arts worksheet, your child learns about main and subordinate clauses as parts of a sentence.

Colons, semicolons, and dashes

In this grammar worksheet, your child learns how to write sentences using a colon, semicolon, or dash.

Compound sentences

Simple sentences can become compound sentences by adding a clause. In this writing worksheet, your child gets practice building and understanding simple, compound, and complex sentences.

Connectives

Connectives are connecting words. In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice combining two simple sentences into one compound sentence using joining words such as because and conjunctions such as and, but, so, and for.

Finding key points

In this reading worksheet, your child will read a short informational passage and then underline key points and answer questions about the language and content of the passage.

Homophones and homographs

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have a different meaning. Homographs are words that sound the same and are spelled the same but have a different meaning. In this language arts worksheet, your child will fill in the missing homophones to complete pre-written sentences and then write sentences to convey each homograph's alternate meaning.

Its or it's?

It's with an apostrophe is the abbreviation for it is. Its without an apostrophe indicates possession. In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice identifying the correct uses for it's and its.

Making metaphors

How many metaphors can you find in this poem? In this language arts worksheet, your child learns to spot metaphors, determine their meaning from context, write them as similes, and decide which metaphors are most effective and why. Bonus: your child gets practice writing poetry using metaphors.

New words: make a conservation dictionary

Make your own dictionary of words about conservation! In this language arts worksheet, your child will look up words related to pollution prevention and write each word's definition. Bonus: your child gets practice alphabetizing words!

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Narrative Writing for Grade 4

Narratives tell stories.

These worksheets and writing prompts focus on creative and effective story writing for kids . 

Writing hooks : 5 ways to get your reader's attention

Plot structure : 5 stages of plot structure

Creating settings : place, time and environment of a story

Character development : create character traits through Q&A

Show, don't tell! : actions and details rather than exposition

Sensory details : writing about what characters see, smell, taste, feel & hear

Descriptive writing : create a complete mental picture of a scene

Small moments writing : write in great detail about a specific moment

Point of view : first, second and third person

Writing personal narratives : organize and write a personal recollection

Narrative writing practice : tying together characters, setting and plot

Narrative writing prompts : creative prompts for grade 4 students

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Writing worksheets for Grade 4 are essential tools for teachers to help their students develop and improve their reading and writing skills. These worksheets cover a wide range of topics, including grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and vocabulary, ensuring that students have a strong foundation in language arts. As a teacher, you know the importance of providing engaging and challenging activities for your students, and these Grade 4 writing worksheets are designed to do just that. With a variety of exercises and formats, such as fill-in-the-blanks, multiple-choice questions, and creative writing prompts, students will be motivated to practice and apply their newfound skills. So, if you're looking for effective and engaging resources to enhance your students' reading and writing abilities, look no further than these Grade 4 writing worksheets.

Quizizz is an excellent platform that not only offers writing worksheets for Grade 4 but also provides a plethora of other resources to help teachers create engaging and interactive learning experiences for their students. With Quizizz, you can access a vast library of pre-made quizzes, polls, and flashcards, or create your own customized content to meet the specific needs of your students. The platform also allows you to track your students' progress, giving you valuable insights into their strengths and areas for improvement. In addition to reading and writing resources, Quizizz offers materials for various subjects, such as math, science, and social studies, making it a one-stop-shop for all your teaching needs. So, if you're a teacher looking to enhance your students' learning experience, give Quizizz a try and discover the benefits of using this versatile platform alongside your Grade 4 writing worksheets.

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4th Grade CCSS: Writing

For fourth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of writing skills by working collaboratively and producing written texts, understanding syntax and vocabulary, and organizing their ideas. Among the complete standards for this grade, fourth graders will be asked to: write opinion pieces, explanatory texts, narratives, be able to effectively write introductions, supporting details, developed ideas, reasons, and conclusions to fully realize a piece of writing, properly use illustrations, formatting, and multimedia to enhance a text, use dialogue, and descriptions of emotions and thoughts to show the response of characters to situations, use transitional words to link events in a narrative, with some adult guidance use appropriate technology to publish writing, demonstrate keyboarding skill, understand writing for specific audiences, go through the process of writing, editing and revision for their written work.

Autumn: The Scarecrow’s Surprise Writing Prompt

Autumn: The Scarecrow’s Surprise Writing Prompt

Students will further develop their creative writing skills with this Autumn writing prompt activity. This is a great worksheet to keep your students’ creativity flowing!

Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate

Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate

“Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate” is the perfect way to introduce students to their classmates and learn more about one another.

Father’s Day Writing Prompt: He’s the Best

Father’s Day Writing Prompt: He’s the Best

Your students will have fun writing about their father in this “He’s the Best” writing activity.

Fourth of July Writing Prompt: What Freedom Means to Me

Fourth of July Writing Prompt: What Freedom Means to Me

Teach your students about freedom in America with this fun Fourth of July Writing Prompt printable worksheet.

Haiku: Write Your Own!

Haiku: Write Your Own!

This worksheet features the Japanese poetry style haiku.

Kwanzaa Candles: Who Lights First? Writing Prompt

Kwanzaa Candles: Who Lights First? Writing Prompt

It’s the first night of Kwanzaa and the entire Thompson family has gathered for the celebration. It’s almost time to light the candles, and the question comes up: who should light the candles tonight? Write a story about how the Thompson family decides who will light the candles. This printable holiday writing prompt is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Learning how to properly structure an essay can be difficult. With this Main Idea Tree, students will create an outline that allows them to better understand the different parts of a five paragraph essay. Students will be asked to write their introduction, a main idea, three topic sentences, three supporting details for each topic sentence, and a conclusion.

Main Idea Tree

Main Idea Tree

Use this image of a large tree to help your students understand the components of a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will be asked to write a main idea and follow it with three supporting details. What a great way for students to visualize the importance of the main idea in a paragraph!

My Goals for the New Year

My Goals for the New Year

This writing prompt about New Year’s goals is a wonderful way to help your students practice their writing skills.

Native American Heritage: Create Your Totem Pole

Native American Heritage: Create Your Totem Pole

In the box on the worksheet, design your own totem pole. Make sure it represents you and your interests. Then in the writing space, describe your totem pole and explain how it illustrates you. This printable Native American Heritage Month activity is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

Encourage your students to look back on the events of the past year and look forward to the ones ahead with this New Years reflection worksheet.

The Lost Dreidel Writing Prompt

The Lost Dreidel Writing Prompt

The Goldberg family has lost their Hanukkah dreidel! Write a story and tell how you think the Goldberg family should solve their problem. This printable Hanukkah writing prompt activity is perfect for keeping students engaged in class while learning about the holiday.

Using Story Elements: Plan a Story

Using Story Elements: Plan a Story

Planning a story can be tough. This activity helps students break things down so that it’s easier to envision and write the story. A great beginning writing activity for 3rd – 5th graders.

What Happens Next? Halloween Surprise Activity

What Happens Next? Halloween Surprise Activity

Keep learning fun during the holidays with this Halloween Reading Comprehension Activity. Students will be asked to read a passage and then answer the given questions about the story. This worksheet is great for use both at home and in the classroom.

Write a Description: Melting Snowman

Write a Description: Melting Snowman

With this unique winter activity, help your students further develop their writing skills.

Write Rhyming Couplets

Write Rhyming Couplets

Time for some poetic rhyming couplets!

Writing Limericks

Writing Limericks

This activity lists opening lines for two limericks. Students write the other lines to complete the limerick, remembering which lines that need to rhyme.

Writing Prompt: A New Plant in Spring

Writing Prompt: A New Plant in Spring

Students choose from the letters on a Spring flower and write words that start with a vowel. A fun way to practice vocabulary and anticipate the warm days to come!

Writing Prompt: She’s the Best

Writing Prompt: She’s the Best

Students write about a special sister, grandmother, mother, or friend!

Back to School Diamante Poem

Back to School Diamante Poem

Teach your students a fun way to write diamante poems using our new back to school worksheet.

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The Guide to 4th Grade: Reading and Writing

Review reading and writing curricula for 4th grade, including what to expect and resources to support learning..

Congratulations: Your child is officially a member of the “upper” grades! As fourth graders, students deepen their skills to prepare for middle school. That being said, they still learn like elementary school students do. Most fourth graders are developmentally very much still children — they enjoy and learn from play, and they thrive in nurturing and warm environments. However, the content of most 4th grade curricula pushes students to think, analyze, and learn in more sophisticated and structured ways than they did in the “lower” grades.

In 4th grade, students learn how to deeply think about and make connections in new material, and grasp more complex concepts across all subjects. They also write with clarity, flow, and structure similar to that of traditional essays. Fourth graders are encouraged to be more independent in how they learn, and depend less on their teacher's guidance. They research, plan, and revise their work more by themselves — setting the foundation to be lifelong, self-starting learners.

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Reading in 4th Grade

Much of the 4th grade reading curriculum teaches students how to analyze the books they read. Rather than just understand the plot and information given in a text, students are encouraged to think about the messages and how they relate to their own lives. They also compare texts to each other and make connections both within one text and across multiple texts.

In short, 4th graders begin to learn how to think and talk about a text to find deeper meanings and messages. This is done both with texts students read independently and those read by the whole class or smaller groups of students. Teachers may often use a class read-aloud to show students strategies for thinking about and analyzing what they read, encouraging them to do this in their own reading. Students also do this as they write in more detail about the texts they read. 

To build reading skills, your 4th grader :

  • Uses specific examples from the text to explain characters’ motivations, main events, central themes, or ideas about a text.
  • Uses the context of a text to determine the meaning of a word.
  • Understands and can explain the differences between narrative prose, drama, and poetry.
  • Identifies and refers to the different parts of poems and plays, such as verses, settings, and characters.
  • Interprets and connects information from illustrations, graphs, charts, or other sources related to the text.
  • Identifies, compares, and contrasts different perspectives from which texts are written (for example, first and third person).
  • Compares and contrasts the way different texts address the same issue, theme, or topic.
  • Makes connections between people, events, or important ideas in a text.
  • Uses previous knowledge to read unfamiliar multi-syllable words.
  • Reads grade-level texts with accurate comprehension, pacing, and expression.

Fourth Grade Reading Activities

Read and Research Together : Read the same book as your child independently, together, or a combination of both. Talk about the book as you read it, reviewing main ideas and plots and expressing your opinions. Then read an additional book or books on the same subject and compare and contrast how they dealt with the same issue. 

Compare Perspectives : Read two texts — one written in first person and one in third person — about the same event. Talk with your child about the differences and why they thinks these differences exist. Or, try it yourself! After sharing an experience with your child, each of you can write about it from your own perspective. Talk about the differences between what you wrote to gain a better understanding of perspective.

Read magazine and newspaper articles. Focus on the illustrations, graphs, or charts. Point out to your child what they show, ask them to help you interpret them, and discuss how they help explain or elaborate on the text. 

Writing in 4th Grade

Much of the 4th grade writing curriculum focuses on developing writing that has clarity and structure, and that uses reasons, facts, and details to support and strengthen arguments. Fourth graders are taught to organize their writing, ensure that it flows well, and group together related components. As students learn to think more deeply about concepts they are taught, they are encouraged to write in deeper ways as well. They do this by going beyond simply stating the facts — they express ideas, make connections, and provide details and emotions when appropriate.

To build writing skills, your 4th grader :

  • Writes opinion pieces that express a point of view; have an introduction, a conclusion, reasons, and facts to support the opinion; and group together related ideas.
  • Writes informative/explanatory pieces that present information on a topic, use facts and details, and group together related topics; provides introductions and conclusions in these pieces.
  • Writes narrative pieces that use specific details, descriptions, and dialogue to convey a real event; includes an introduction and conclusion in each piece.
  • Plans, revises, and edits their writing.
  • Uses technology to publish, research, and communicate with others under the proper guidance of an adult or teacher.
  • Types with a beginner’s accuracy and ability (for example, types one page of text within one sitting).
  • Completes research projects by taking notes, organizing them, and presenting them; lists the texts and resources used.
  • Writes for both long (over weeks) and shorter (one sitting or a couple of days) periods of time.

Fourth Grade Writing Activities

Ask Why : When your child expresses their opinion about something, ask them why they think that or how they know it is true. This will help them learn to support their opinion with reasons and/or facts. Do the same when you express your opinion or ideas about something.

Email with your Child : Set up an email account for your child and write emails describing your days to each other. Include details, conversations, thoughts, and emotions you had. This can be done in addition to generally encouraging (and supervising) your child’s use of technology — helping them use it for research, writing, and communicating with others. As always, be cautious of your child’s technology use by monitoring and supervising how much it is used and with whom they communicate.

Practice Note Taking : When you and your child go somewhere like a museum or a new city, pretend to be reporters and take notes (give them a journal they'll love to take notes in, like the Klutz: Decorate This Journal ). Later on, use those notes to describe what you learned. You can even relay your “reports” like a newscaster would.

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From Ideas to Words: 66 Writing Prompts for Fourth Graders

By: Author Paul Jenkins

Posted on September 5, 2023

Categories Writing

You’re here because you’ve got a fourth grader who’s itching to write, right? Great!

In this article, we’ll explore exciting writing prompts that’ll stretch their imagination.

You’ll discover tips on making writing fun and ways you can support your young author.

Let’s jump in and spark that creative flame together!

Key Takeaways

  • Writing prompts for fourth graders enhance communication skills, boost creativity, promote penmanship, and improve language skills through peer editing.
  • Narrative prompts encourage sharing personal experiences, ‘what if’ scenarios spark creativity, informational prompts relate to current studies at school, and opinion-based prompts develop argumentative skills.
  • Encouraging creative writing in fourth graders can be done by inspiring creativity through storytelling techniques, introducing peer reviewing for constructive feedback, using storybooks as a source of inspiration, and encouraging experimentation with dialogue, suspense, and flashbacks.
  • Fun and engaging writing prompts for fourth graders include interactive storytelling with prompt illustrations, imagining talking with animals and sketching a scene with a bird, a magical door appearing in their room and sketching the fantastical world behind it, and discovering a new planet and creating an illustration with unique inhabitants. These prompts promote creative thinking, writing, and artistic skills.

66 Writing Prompts for Fourth Graders

Here are 66 writing prompt ideas for 4th grade students:

  • Write about your favorite childhood toy and why it was special to you.
  • Describe your ideal treehouse. What would it look like and have inside it?
  • Who is your hero? Write about what makes them heroic.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
  • What is your favorite season? Describe what you enjoy about it.
  • What is the most amazing animal you can think of? Write about what makes it so amazing.
  • Imagine you woke up one morning with a mermaid tail. Describe what your day would be like.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
  • What would happen if there were no rules for one day?
  • What is the best gift you’ve ever given or received? Why was it meaningful?
  • Write a story about a magic bicycle that takes you on an adventure.
  • If you could visit any time period in history, which would you choose and why?
  • Describe your perfect birthday party.
  • What are three words that describe you? Explain why you chose each word.
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside? Describe why you enjoy it.
  • Write about an act of kindness you did for someone. How did it make you and the other person feel?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose and what would you talk about?
  • Describe your favorite family tradition or holiday celebration.
  • What is one goal you have for this school year?
  • Imagine you could fly. Describe what you would see from up in the air.
  • What is your favorite thing about yourself and why?
  • Describe a time you felt brave or courageous.
  • What makes a good friend? Write about the qualities of a good friend.
  • Describe your favorite meal or favorite food. What do you love about it?
  • If you were principal for a day, what changes would you make in your school?
  • Write a story ending this way: “And that’s when I learned to always…”.
  • Imagine you switched places with your parent or guardian for a day. Describe what your day would be like.
  • Describe your perfect vacation. Where would you go and what would you do?
  • Write about an experience that taught you a lesson. What did you learn?
  • Imagine you find a magic lamp with a genie inside who grants you three wishes. What would you wish for and why?
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Describe why you like it.
  • Who is your favorite book or movie character? Write about them.
  • What is one of your talents or skills? How did you develop this ability?
  • What does being a good citizen mean to you?
  • Describe one of the happiest or best moments in your life so far.
  • Write about a time you felt scared. What happened and how did you handle it?
  • Explain three steps for how to make or do something you know well.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Describe how your family celebrates this holiday.
  • Write a story titled “The Surprise in the Attic”.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your family? Describe why you enjoy it.
  • What is your favorite animal and why?
  • Imagine you could be anyone else for one day. Who would you be and why?
  • Describe what the world would look like if everything was a certain color.
  • What is the best advice someone has ever given you? Who gave you the advice and why was it meaningful?
  • How can kids help protect the environment?
  • Describe one of your role models or someone you really admire. Explain why you look up to this person.
  • Write about a time you felt proud of yourself. What did you accomplish?
  • What does the word “hero” mean to you?
  • If you had $100 to donate to charity, which charity would you choose and why?
  • Write a story titled “The Mystery of the Missing Lunch”.
  • What makes you laugh? Describe something that you find funny or humorous.
  • What is your favorite book and why? Describe the characters, setting, and plot.
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you create? Explain your choice.
  • Describe your ideal birthday cake or dessert. Be as detailed as possible.
  • What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Why was it challenging?
  • Imagine you discovered a new planet. Describe what it looks like and what you would name it.
  • What does the word “courage” mean to you?
  • Describe how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to someone who has never seen one before.
  • What makes someone a good friend? Describe qualities you think are important in friendship.
  • Write about a time you felt disappointed or discouraged. What happened and how did you manage those feelings?
  • Describe your favorite season (fall, winter, spring, summer). What makes that time of year special?
  • If you were in charge of planning a class party, what would you do to make sure everyone has fun?
  • Explain how to play your favorite sport or game. Describe the objects needed, players, and rules.
  • If you could take any animal from the zoo home as a pet, which would you choose and why?
  • What is one goal you’d like to achieve next school year? Explain why this goal is important to you.

Understanding the Importance of Writing for Fourth Graders

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It’s crucial for fourth graders to understand the importance of writing as it’ll enhance their communication skills and boost their creativity. Not only is writing a fundamental way to express ideas, but it’s also a tool for promoting penmanship. When you write, your letters get neater and easier to read!

Engaging in peer editing has its benefits too. You learn from your friends’ work and they learn from yours. It can be fun spotting each other’s mistakes and helping correct them. It strengthens friendship bonds while improving your language skills together!

Types of Writing Prompts Suitable for Fourth Graders

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You’re probably wondering what types of creative challenges are suitable for a nine or ten-year-old, aren’t you? Well, when it comes to prompt selection and grading criteria, here’s a simple guide:

  • Narrative Prompts
  • Encourage them to share personal experiences.
  • Challenging them with ‘what if’ scenarios sparks creativity.
  • Informational Prompts
  • Ask your kids to write about something they’ve learned.
  • Assign topics related to their current studies at school.
  • Opinion-based Prompts
  • Let them express their thoughts on specific subjects.
  • This helps in developing argumentative skills.

How to Encourage Creative Writing in Fourth Graders

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Don’t underestimate the power of a good storybook, as it can inspire the creative genius in your young ones. Encourage them to try out different storytelling techniques they find interesting. They could experiment with dialogue, suspense, or flashbacks. Let their imagination run wild!

Next, introduce peer reviewing in a fun way. Have them swap stories with friends and give feedback to each other. This approach helps them learn how to constructively critique and accept criticism for improvement.

Fun and Engaging Writing Prompts for Fourth Graders

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Let’s explore some exciting and interactive ideas that will stimulate your young one’s creativity and love for storytelling.

Interactive Storytelling is an inventive method to engage fourth graders. They can visualize the narrative through Prompt Illustrations.

You can use these prompts:

  • ‘Imagine if you could talk with animals. What would they say?’
  • Draw a scene where you’re conversing with a bird.
  • ‘A magical door appears in your room, where does it lead?’
  • Sketch the fantastical world behind the door.
  • ‘What if you discovered a new planet?’
  • Create an illustration of this new planet with its unique inhabitants.

Each prompt encourages creative thinking and writing while incorporating art. It will not only make learning fun but also nurture their imaginative skills.

The Role of Parents in Enhancing Writing Skills

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You play a vital role in your child’s educational journey, especially when it comes to enhancing their writing skills.

Let’s delve into how you can get more involved in their homework, inspire creative writing, and build vocabulary together.

Parental Involvement in Homework

Having your parents involved in your homework can really help you understand the material better. It’s not just about getting the answers right, but about parent-child bonding and establishing good homework routines.

So, here’s how it works:

  • Parental guidance:
  • They’ll clarify concepts
  • Provide examples
  • Help you practice
  • Bonding time:
  • Homework becomes family time
  • You learn more about each other
  • Share thoughts and ideas
  • Routine setting:
  • Consistent timing to do assignments
  • Balancing schoolwork with playtime
  • Learning discipline and responsibility

Encouraging Creative Writing

Encouraging your imagination to run wild, creative storytelling can be a fun and engaging way to improve literacy skills. By incorporating technology, you’ll find numerous platforms that provide interactive writing prompts for your fourth grader. Think about virtual storybooks or online games centered on storytelling techniques; they make the process enjoyable while enhancing their creativity.

You can also try apps that give a whole new dimension to story construction. They’re not just about typing words; they offer features like adding images, animations, and sounds! It’s all about blending traditional storytelling with modern tools.

Building Vocabulary Together

Building vocabulary together isn’t just educational, it’s also a great way to bond with your child. By playing Word Games and engaging in Vocabulary Challenges, you’re not only helping them learn new words but also developing their thinking skills.

Here are three fun ways to do this:

  • Scrabble : This classic game is perfect for 4th graders as it encourages word formation. Get creative by introducing bonus points for certain categories of words. Challenge each other with spelling and pronunciation tests.
  • Crossword Puzzles : These are great for enhancing vocabulary and problem-solving skills. Choose age-appropriate puzzles. Cooperate to fill the puzzle faster!
  • Charades with Words : A twist on traditional charades; guess the word based on acted clues! Make sure words aren’t too hard!

Teaching Resources for Fourth Grade Writing Prompts

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You’ll find a wide array of teaching resources designed specifically for fourth grade writing prompts. These materials are carefully crafted to assist in prompt categorization, which is crucial in organizing your lessons easier. It’s also helpful for students as they can focus on one theme at a time, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of each topic.

Another unique feature you’ll appreciate is prompt personalization. This allows you the freedom to tweak prompts according to your class’ interests and learning levels. By doing so, you’re not only making writing tasks more appealing but also promoting active participation among your learners.

Tips on Making Writing an Enjoyable Activity for Fourth Graders

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Making the task of penning down thoughts a fun activity for your pupils can be quite a game-changer in their academic journey. Here are some ways to make writing more enjoyable:

  • Interactive storytelling: Use visual aids, props, and interactive elements to bring stories to life. This could include acting out scenes from the story and using digital tools for creating illustrations.
  • Peer reviews: Encourage students to share their work and provide feedback to each other. This could involve setting up small group discussions and having one-on-one peer editing sessions.

So, you’re all set to help your fourth grader thrive in writing! Remember, encouraging creativity is key. Use fun prompts, offer support, and make it enjoyable.

With these resources and tips at hand, boosting their skills will be a breeze.

Let’s make learning exciting for them together!

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Writing help stimulates and organize thoughts in children. They make them better off expressing whatever they have in their mind and feel a little less burdensome.

But, how do we inspire young children to write?

Writing Prompts are a perfect genesis for developing writing habits in kids. They brew creativity, vocabulary, a sense of expression and so much more in them.

Without much ado, let’s get straight to the list of 4th grade writing prompts.

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100 Fun Writing Prompts for 4th Grade

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10 Journal Writing Prompts

It is important to develop self-expression in kids, which can be made possible through regular journaling. For kids as young as 4th graders, journalling can boost the flow of ideas and spark reflective communication in them. Refer to the list of 4th grade journal prompts and get your students on a writing fling. 

1. What is a secret dream of yours? What can you do now to reach it later in your life?

2. What kind of a friend do you think you are? List three things where you can improve and become a better friend.

3. What is one thing that your teacher does that you don’t like? How would you like her to do that instead?

4. What is your favorite thing about being in the class?

5. Recount the best picnic you had with friends. Where did you go? What part did you enjoy the most?

6. Make a list of 30 things that you love about your life.

7. Who is your inspiration and why?

8. If you are allowed to make a single wish, what would it be?

9. Write about your favorite hobbies

10. Write about the best gift you have received. What made you love it so much?

10 Descriptive Writing Prompts 

Somewhat similar to 4th-grade journal writing prompts, Descriptive prompts can be a great tap into creativity. When you want to keep your students busy with writing in a way that builds a love of details in them, here are the writing topics for 4th graders that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Write about 3 places that would like to travel to. Why and with whom?

2. Imagine your new classmate starts school today. What would you do to welcome them?

3. Describe a mistake you made and what you learned from it.

4. Your uncle overseas wants to know about your city. Write a letter to him describing your city- the famous monuments, eateries, parks, and more.

5. If you get to become a teacher for a day, which subjects will you teach and why?

6. Who inspires you in the family, and why?

7. Share your experience about a time when something unexpected happened.

8. Describe your favorite classmate. What is one more thing(s) that you would want to learn from him/her?

9. What is your favorite outfit? Why and where would you wear it?

10. You have found a lucky object. Share the little details about it.

10 Fiction Writing Prompts 

What is life without fantasy and fiction? Precisely, nothing. Fiction is a powerful tool to pen down the flow of ideas without having to follow a particular format. It not only fuels creativity but improves writing skills and concentration. So, if you are planning to assay your student’s imaginative power, use these writing prompts for 4th grade.

1. Last night, you traveled into space. What did you see?

2. Put yourselves in the shoes of a mad scientist who just discovered a fruit. How does it look it? Narrate its journey from the innovative lab to the market.

3. In your favorite fairy tale, a prince decides to be a villain instead of a hero. Write the chain of events that unfold.

4. One day, you wake up to see that your elder brother has been turned into a horse by an evil witch. Build a story around the scenario.

5. On a lonely stormy night…Continue the story.

6. You have acquired a superpower to turn invisible whenever you like. Narrate the events of how and where you would use this superpower.

7. You were transported into the last story you read. Where are you? How would the story change with your presence?

8. Imagine you got a chance to climb up the ladder to the clouds. Write what you see there.

9. You woke up to find out that you have grown wings. How would your life change?

10. “Do not be angry” I told myself. But, as I looked down… Complete a story.

10 Opinion Writing Prompts

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Supporting critical thinking and vision, Opinion writing prompts can be instrumental in shaping the thought process in young minds. More often than not, even the senior students are not aware of how many strong opinions they hold. Therefore, it becomes crucial to let kids practice how to present their arguments in their development years. Here’s a list of opinion writing prompts for 4th grade to kickstart their writing journey.

1. Should recess time be longer in schools? Why, or why not?

2. Should 4th graders receive pocket money from their parents? Why, or why not?

3. Share the best pizza eatery in your town. Why do you think it’s the best?

4. With the annual function coming up, your school wants to invite a famous personality to deliver an inspirational speech or presentation. Who do you think will be the best fit?

5. Would you rather be a class topper, a fine artist, or an excellent sportsperson?

6. Do you think smoking should be banned? Why, or why not?

7. Share your opinion on students bringing a cell phone to school.

8. Should everyone exercise every day? Share your opinion.

9. If you were to plan the school lunch menu, what will you include?

10. Is homework a good practice for learning? What do you think?

10 Funny Writing Prompts 

Do you see your kids getting bored of writing on general topics? Don’t worry, refer to our list of fun writing prompts for 4th grade! Funny Writing Prompts are a great icebreaker to stir up the imagination and interest in students. Moreover, teachers can let students read aloud their fun stories in class. Get ready for a giggle-packed writing period with writing prompts for 4th grade!

1. Your homework was eaten by a dog. Write a story to convince your teacher.

2. Write a story using 5 words: funny, bird, sleep, guitar and pajamas.

3. Imagine you woke up and saw a giant sleeping next to you. Narrate the story.

4. Create a story where chocolate cake is the main character.

5. The rabbit jumped on the moon and the dish ran away with the spoon. Build a humorous story.

6. Imagine your best friend cannot stop sneezing and farting throughout the day. What do you think the day would look like to him?

7. Imagine someone cast a spell on your mother. She could talk nothing but only meow. How would your life change? What can you do to break the spell?

8. Everyone around you turns into a robot. How would you spend your day?

9. What would happen if you ate a cookie and became a dwarf? Narrate the scenario.

10. I never thought my cat would laugh… Continue the story.

10 Informative Essay Writing Prompts

The essence of Informative Writing prompts lies in how well students can convey particulars about an object, a personality, or an event to the readers. As much as they improve their writing skills, the prompts compel the young minds to think critically, and fetch cues from their memory and learning.

Check out the writing ideas for 4th grade kids on the list to make your work a little easier!

1. Write the importance of water in our lives. How can we save water?

2. What are traditions? Which one do you like the most and hate the most in your family?

3. Imagine you are a city tour guide. What are the best places to visit in your city?

4. What is the most interesting book you have ever read? Write a book review.

5. Write a ‘how to play’ guide for your favorite game.

6. Recollect the times you were in quarantine. Write an interesting story about how you overcame tough times.

7. How should we take care of our younger siblings?

8. You are at a farm with your family. Write all that you see around you.

9. Imagine you just experienced an earthquake. What was the first thing you did? Narrate the details.

10. You have become a store manager for a day. Write about all the responsibilities and tasks that you undertook throughout the day.

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10 Animal Writing Prompts 

We all agree that animals fit naturally into our stories. That’s because humans share an unbreakable bond with animals. So, why not have a writing session that features animals? This will surely infuse some excitement and divergent thinking in the classroom . Here’s some animal creative writing prompt for 4th graders!

1. Write some interesting facts that you know about animals.

2. How would it be if you woke up doing ‘meow meow’ one morning? Write a story.

3. Imagine dinosaurs taking over the world. What do they make humans do?

4. What if you are in a forest and a lion starts talking to you? What would the conversation be like?

5. If you were allowed to pet 5 animals, which one will you choose and why?

6. ‘A camel was walking in the desert but suddenly…’ Construct an interesting story.

7. Write a story about the friendship of a pigeon and squirrel living on the same tree.

8. Imagine you are swimming in the Indian Ocean and a shark arrives. What will you do?

9. Is the zoo a good place for animals? Why, or why not?

10. If you could have a superpower to turn into any animal, which animal would you become to save a girl who’s been kidnapped? Why?

10 Poetry Writing Prompts 

In a world where classic literature has been lost under social media slang, poetry is still a breath of fresh air. Moreover, poems for kids can be really helpful in improving creative writing skills. They not only learn the real rules of literature and grammar but find joy in expressing themselves. Jump into the poetic world with these 4th grade writing prompts.

1. Write poetry about your first day in 4th grade.

2. Write a haiku about your favorite ice cream.

3. ‘Silvery sweet sound’… Continue the poem.

4. ‘There was once a wise man who told me’. Write a limerick using this line.

5. ‘I met a funny little man…’ Write an interesting poem.

6. Write poetry about Mother Earth.

7. ‘When the winter snow begins to fade…’ Continue the poem.

8. ‘The story is strange, as you will see, The weirdest thing ever happened to me.’’ Write a poem to describe the weirdest scenario you have been in.

9. ‘I woke up one morning with a mermaid tale’. Write a poem.

10. ‘Snow slips down swiftly’. Write a haiku.

10 Narrative Essay Writing

One of the widely practiced 4th grade writing prompts, Narrative writing is all about expressions and stories. It encompasses the beginning, middle, and end of a narrative. Whether it’s a personal incident or a fact or a fiction, it’s sure to spark a joy of creativity in young ones. Here are some ideas that you can use as 4th grade narrative writing prompts.

1. Suppose you become a school principal for a day. Write about what changes you will make in the school.

2. You have to describe your family members to someone who has never met them before. How will you do it?

3. If you had a chance to keep an extra chair at the dining table tonight, whom would you invite and why?

4. What is your favorite memory from 3rd grade? Share details about it.

5. What is one thing that makes you feel sad? How do you overcome this sadness?

6. Write about your favorite holiday meal.

7. When did you score poorly on a test? What did your parents say?

8. Write about your experience at a summer camp. Would you go this year again?

9. If given a chance to visit another planet, where would you go and why?

10. This year my goals are… Write about what all you want to achieve by the end of the year.

10 Emotion Writing Prompts 

Just as adults need an outlet to express their bubbling emotions, so do kids! Journalling is a powerful tool, facilitating reflection and critical thought. While journalling might be a difficult step for most kids, writing prompts can support their creative outlet. It can aid them in expanding their own ideas, articulating their feelings, and boosting their confidence. Look at some interesting fourth grade journal prompts that kids will love!

1. Write a letter to your 15-year-old self.

2. What are 10 things you and your best friend are good at?

3. Describe your favorite time of the year. What activities do you do during this time? Who do you spend it with?

4. Imagine you found a genie who promises to grant you 3 wishes. What wishes would you make?

5. Write about a time you felt a strong emotion- be it happiness, sadness, anger, etc. What made you feel that way? What did you do to control it?

6. Suppose it is your mother’s birthday next week. How can you make it memorable for her? What planning will you do?

7. Do you know about your strengths and weaknesses? Write 5 each.

8. You have to thank 10 people today. Who will be on your list? How will you be thankful to them?

9. When someone compliments you, how do you respond to it?

10. Write about all the times you have felt happy in the last week.

12 Ways To Help 4th Graders With Writing

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When it comes to giving a creative push to 4th graders, there can be nothing better than writing prompts. Since young students face more hurdles in following a structural approach to writing, prompts can help kids relieve that pressure. Consequently, they can enjoy flexibility in writing, allowing more room for creativity and imagination.

While kids may benefit immensely from writing prompts, it cannot be made possible without a mentor’s encouragement and support. Here are some of the creative ideas around 4th grade writing prompts that you can explore with kids:

  • Encourage recollecting past experiences to stir up the writing process
  • Give them friendly instructions
  • Talk through building imaginary scenarios
  • Respond actively to their communication and prompts
  • Curating problem prompts and discussing the probable solutions
  • Sharing classic tales or retelling them to fit the current scenario
  • Jotting down facts to build creative prompts
  • Emphasizing on development of opinionated argument
  • Inspiring to write in a variety of styles
  • Providing comprehensive support to build the writer’s confidence
  • Highlighting authentic grammar rules and spelling
  • Use of digital tools to create prompts

The above list is not exhaustive, and there’s always enough room for creativity.

To ease things for you, here are three steps you can consider while using writing prompts:

Step #1: Introduce the statement or topic to the students to steer the creative writing ship

Step #2: Encourage students to make a personal connection with the prompt given, and brainstorm the key points with them

Step #3: Convey the purpose of the writing assignment- an essay, a paragraph, or any other form of writing. Instruct the students using sufficient information to better equip them with writing cues.

Summing Up…

Young kids need support to build writing skills as much as adults do. Writing prompts can be a perfect anchor to get set kids on a writing spree. We hope the above 4th grade writing prompts can serve the enjoyment and purpose of your class! Good Luck!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can i improve my child’s writing skills using elementary prompts.

It is imperative to build focus in kids as young as 4th graders. Unfocused writing can become troublesome for them in the future. To improve focus, emphasize using basic prompts that encompass their favorite things- toy, place, picnic memory, cup, etc. Make a list of all that they like and ask them to write small details about them. Let them practice these as much as they want. This way, sticking to a single topic, will surely help them stay clear and focused until they start with longer essays.

How do I keep a tab on my child’s progress in writing?

Writing prompts are in themselves a great tool to help teachers and parents measure the progress of the kid. The best way to see whether the kid has improved or not is to let them practice with the elementary prompts daily. You must skim through them, and politely pinpoint the grammatical or punctuation errors. 

However, do not be too harsh on them while communicating their mistakes to them. Remember, all good things take time! Moreover, do not compare your child’s progress to any other child. All children have different capacities and speeds to grasp things. Target steady growth!

How can I make writing prompts a fun activity for the class?

There are endless possibilities to creatively support the use of 4th grade journal prompts. You can divide the students into small groups and pin a challenge of writing prompts between them. Furthermore, teachers can make use of attractive resources like flashcards, worksheets, etc. to add a spark of enthusiasm and fun to the class. 

Since little appreciation and kind words go a long way, you can keep exciting rewards for the kids who perform exceptionally. There’s so much that you can do to unleash the creative side of your 4th graders.

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Nearly 70% of North Carolina fourth graders lack reading proficiency, study finds

by Ed DiOrio

June 25, 2024 -  A new study finds that nearly 70% of North Carolina students are not at a proficient reading level by the fourth grade. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Nearly 70% of North Carolina students are not at a proficient reading level by the fourth grade, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2024 Kids Count Data Book.

"When I see numbers like that, it’s heartbreaking," Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe Co-Executive Director Ashley Allen said. "Especially when you think about how these kids will grow into adults."

The most recent numbers come from 2022 and show a four percent increase from 2019 in fourth graders who are not proficient readers.

"There was this push for whole word reading and balanced literacy," Allen said on elementary curriculum. "The thought was that it was just enough to expose kids to text and that they'll synthesize it all. We've seen that's not the best practice for the majority of students."

The summer months factor into those statistics.

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"If kids stop reading over the summer, they could be set back as far as a grade level," Buncombe County Library Youth Services Manager Megan Northcote said. "That’s cumulative. So, the older they get, the further back they get set."

According to leaders with reading programs that work with local school districts, the numbers correlate with Western North Carolina students.

"It's worse,” Allen said. "When you start to think about the opportunity gap or the achievement gap on standardized tests between black and brown students and their white counterparts, you'll see black and brown students are not achieving as highly on these standardized tests."

Allen says this is the case for Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools.

"Close to 87 percent of black and brown fourth graders are not proficient in reading," she said.

Buncombe County Schools, according to Allen, are not far behind at around 75% in the same category. That is why programs like Read to Succeed increase their efforts when school lets out.

"We've been more robust as far as going out and building partnerships with after-school programs," Allen said. "We feel like that's making a difference."

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"They can agree with the library to use their student ID number to automatically be able to check out up to ten books and audiobooks at a time," Northcote said on Buncombe County Schools' Student Access Initiative.

These experts say one of the best ways to show kids how to read during summer break is to show them how those skills translate outside of the classroom.

"We really emphasize informal learning as well in the public library," Northcote said.

"This is the time where we can capitalize on so many things," Allen said. "Summer, after school, you get to have fun. You get to see that reading isn't just to get an A."

To see the full report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, click here .

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Orange Schools fourth-graders chalk it up to reading

  • Published: Jun. 21, 2024, 10:27 a.m.

Fourth-graders chalk it up

Moreland Hills Elementary School fourth-grader Aria Mancini chalks up her large trail of book outlines to her love of reading as Peyton Sinn, standing in the background, admires the lengthy chain that their classmates are creating together. (Photo Courtesy of Orange City Schools)

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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – In the final week of the school year, fourth-grade students from Moreland Hills Elementary School celebrated all of their reading by literally chalking outlines of each book they read on the sidewalks along Gail Allison Drive on the Orange Schools campus.

This year, the students read a total of 520,700 pages, according to a news release from the Orange City School District.

The chalk drawings of each book stretched from the Pepper Pike Learning Center all the way to Moreland Hills Elementary School – a distance of more than a half-mile.

The Orange Elementary and Middle School PTA donated the chalk to help the students celebrate their accomplishments.

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The Pride homeroom of eighth-grade science teacher David Miller, at far left, won Brady Middle School’s No Place for Hate door-decorating contest, to help promote positive ways of interacting with peers, with “It's a small world after all.” (Photo Courtesy of Orange City Schools)

Contest promotes positive interaction

Brady Middle School’s No Place for Hate committee organized a door-decorating contest this spring to help promote positive ways of interacting with peers.

The committee chose six themes, including different is good, stand up to cyberbullying, all are welcome, anti-bullying, empathy: walk a mile in someone’s shoes and words matter/choose wisely.

The students then got to vote on their favorite door based on how well it fit one of the themes, used the space and how creative it was.

The Pride homeroom of eighth-grade science teacher David Miller won with “It’s a small world after all,” highlighting how our differences become less important when we get to know, learn and work together.

Goodbye to Moreland Hills Elementary School

Fifth-grade teacher Kelly D’Amore offers an encouraging hug to Jillian Saks as the fifth-grader says a final goodbye to Moreland Hills Elementary School and the school year. (Photo Courtesy of Orange City Schools)

So long, farewell …

After a day spent with classmates signing one another’s shirts, participating in a promotion ceremony, taking class photos and enjoying treats courtesy of the Orange Elementary and Middle School PTA, Moreland Hills Elementary School fifth-graders were “clapped out” in traditional style by the entire student body and staff as they crossed the bridge to middle school.

Tears were shed, hugs were given, high-fives were shared with the bus drivers and a final bus parade led students into their summer vacation as staff waved them out.

Classes resume for all students in August.

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A little drizzle outside hardly put a damper on a day of fun and togetherness at the annual Moreland Hills Elementary School Unity Day the last week of school.

Coordinators Jennifer Gold and Chad Zubkousky adjusted the extensive outdoor plans to a colorful indoor celebration complete with inflatables, popsicle treats courtesy of the Orange Elementary and Middle School PTA and uplifting music by Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band.

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Orange High School nurse Mary Massey was recently recognized for coordinating the donation of 15 mannequins for CPR training from Learn CPR.

This organization helped train school staff in CPR during the school year.

Learn CPR is a life-saving training company that offers CPR and first-aid training courses for individuals, businesses and organizations.

Its certified instructors use hands-on techniques to teach life-saving skills in emergency situations. They teach how to perform CPR, how to use an AED and how to handle a cardiac arrest emergency.

Creativity Night

The second annual Creativity Night was held recently at Moreland Hills Elementary School by a group of students in Jean Metzger’s fourth-grade resource room class.

Under the name “Kids Create,” the students conducted interviews with creativity experts, curated sessions led by talented teachers and local experts and organized this event featuring 11 sessions tailored to foster creativity.

Attendees were encouraged to contribute markers, Twistables, coloring books and stress balls for the creation of calm kits benefiting patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The event, which brought in 55 families, offered activities including original song and poetry writing, logo design, fashion design, sound mapping, calligraphy, creative arts and more.

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TCAP results show only slight rise in Tennessee 4th grade reading scores, concerns persist

by Kaitlin Miller

TCAP results show only slight rise in Tennessee 4th grade reading scores, concerns persist (Photo: Presidio of Monterey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Two new reports are painting a bleak picture about education in Tennessee.

Only 46% of 4th graders in Tennessee are proficient in reading, according to the latest TCAP results just released .

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Reading proficiency amongst 4th graders went up from 44% to 46% this year and education leaders say this number is still very alarming.

FOX 17 News first looked at the report from 2024 Kids Count that ranks Tennessee number 32 for education.

I was a little bit disappointed. I thought that Tennessee would have done better,” JC Bowman, CEO of Professional Educators of TN, said.

The stats for education in Tennessee worsened in all four categories including 4th graders not being proficient in reading.

FOX 17 News’ Kaitlin Miller said, “The report shows 70% of 4th graders are not proficient in reading. That’s as of 2022. How does that make you feel as an education leader?”

Bowman responded, “We’ve been modifying reading. At some point, we’ve got to hold people accountable at the highest level when things don’t go good.”

The latest TCAP scores show 4th graders at a 46% proficiency rate in reading as of this school year, which is only up 2% from the previous school year.

The state has tried addressing reading proficiency with the third-grade retention law, which is a law where a student can be held back or forced into tutoring and/or summer school if they do not pass the English portion of the TCAP.

"The key thing is the tutoring and the summer school. Those are going to have to be ongoing until we've really propelled ourselves up a little higher," Bowman emphasized.

Bowman believes more needs to be done on a higher level to make sure the curriculum is strong enough and to better prepare students who don't test well to succeed with this new model.

2023-24 Spring TCAP State-Level Overview:

  • English Language Arts (ELA): Overall, 39% of all students are meeting grade level expectations, with proficiency gains in most tested grades, and elementary and high schools continuing to out-perform pre-pandemic levels.
  • Math: In grades 3-8, 40% of students are meeting grade level expectations in math, with a nearly three percentage point gain for 5th and 7th graders.
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The Tennessee Department of Education has released third- and fourth-grade scores for the English Language Arts section of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests. And scores for Memphis-Shelby County Schools students in both grades increased, though there is still significant room for improvement.

According to the state, 26.6% of third graders scored proficiently or higher on the ELA section, while 28.5% of fourth graders did the same. In the 2022-23 academic year , 23.6% of third graders and 26.7% of fourth graders reached this mark. Statewide, 40.9% of third graders and 46.9% of fourth graders hit the proficiency mark.

"Literacy is the anchor to the success that our 110,000 students deserve to experience," said Superintendent Marie Feagins in a press release. "Thus, these data further support the need to direct more district resources directly to classrooms with a targeted emphasis on a comprehensive literacy approach at every grade level."

For MSCS, the increases come after a heavy focus on strategies like high-dosage tutoring , and the third-grade proficiency rate this year is just shy of the 29% target the district had set. By 2030, the district wants that number to be 52%.

The new scores come about a year after the implementation of a reading retention law that still has implications for third- and fourth-grade students today.

In 2023, a statewide law focused on third-grade reading rates took effect. It stipulated that third graders who didn’t earn a proficient score on the ELA portion of TCAP tests would be held back if interventive measures weren’t taken.

Thursday's data release does not factor in the accountability measures that make adjustments for English language learners, special education students, and students who were enrolled in MSCS less than 50% of the year. Those adjustments usually improve MSCS scores.

Students who earn an “approaching” score ― the category just beneath proficiency ― had to attend summer classes and show 5% improvement on a posttest to move forward. If they didn’t meet that mark, they could still go to the fourth grade, but they would be expected to receive year-round tutoring. And students who earned a “below” score ― the bottom category ― had to attend summer school and agree to year-round tutoring to move on to fourth grade.

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Last year, about 40% of third graders in Tennessee scored proficiently, which meant that roughly 44,000 of the state’s third graders were at risk of being retained . Ultimately, just 898 third graders were held back, thanks to the tutoring options and other exemptions .

During a Memphis media check-in on June 4, Feagins said that about 2,000 third graders this year are required to attend the MSCS Summer Learning Academy ― the summer school equivalent ― per the state law, and nearly 5,000 had signed up. At the time, she expected more to sign up.

The retention law also has implications for fourth graders this year, as fourth graders who fell short on last year's test but opted into tutoring must pass the section of the test or hit an individualized growth goal. If they don’t, it's up to parents and school leaders to decide if they are held back or sent to fifth grade, with more tutoring and academic support in place.

All TCAP student test results are expected to be made available to families in mid-July.

John Klyce covers education and children's issues for The Commercial Appeal. You can reach him at [email protected].

Spelling development of children with and without reading difficulties throughout elementary grades: evidence from the Greek orthography

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The purpose of this longitudinal study was to examine the development of spelling in a large sample ( N  = 503, boys: N  = 219) of Greek-speaking children with ( N  = 41) and without ( N  = 462) reading difficulties. Children were initially tested in Grades 2–4 and then at five consecutive measurement points over a 3-year period, focusing on how initial reading ability, grade, and gender may moderate the rate of spelling growth. Individual growth curve modeling revealed continuous growth of spelling performance in the total sample, although the growth rate decreased over time for children first tested in Grades 3–4. Spelling growth rate was also significantly slower among children with reading difficulties between Grades 2–4 and 3–5. The two reading groups displayed similar growth rates between Grades 4 and 6. Spelling growth rates did not vary significantly with gender. Overall, our study highlights the persistence of spelling difficulties even after 6 years of systematic teaching in children with reading difficulties. The severe and persistent spelling deficits of Greek-speaking children with reading difficulties may be attributed to the rich morphological system of the Greek language, the intermediate Greek orthographic transparency (in the direction of writing), and their limited experience with print.

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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Field Offices for the State of Mississippi, Series 3.32: Subordinate Field Offices: Meridian (Subcommissioner) .

Additional resources are available on the  Freedmen's Bureau Instructions Page . Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the lives of formerly enslaved men and women during the Reconstruction Era.

The five volumes of letters sent, January 1866–February 1867 and July 1867–July 1868, 1 (197), 2 (198), 3 (199), 4 (201), and 5 (202), are arranged chronologically with the exception of volumes 1 (197) and 2 (198), which cover the same period (January–March 1866). Volume 1 (197) contains "official" letters—letters and reports to the Assistant Commissioner and to the Northern District of Mississippi, while volume 2 (198) contains letters to local citizens and Army officers in the area. There are name indexes in volumes 2 (198) and 4 (201).

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