Creativity Lesson: I'm not Creative

*This lesson coincides with Chapter 10, I'm not creative, from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.

 

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Lesson written by: Shelley Monroe and Shelina Bouthillier

Grade level range: Grades 3-8

Length of time to teach lesson:   8 minutes

Overview of Lesson:  Students will draw cards and respond to a prompt stating why they are good at something.

Objectives of this lesson:  Students stretch their creativity by responding to prompts.


Supplies needed:  prompt cards, rubric


Step-by-step teaching instructions:

1.     Discuss how everyone is good at something and that we can all be creative in our thinking.

2.     Explain rules of game: student picks a card and tries to think of a way that they are good at the prompt. Students get points for responses. Students may pass, but will receive no points for passed prompt.

3.     Play 3 rounds where prompts become increasingly harder and require more creativity.

4.     After play, discuss: “What happened?” “So what?”  and “Now what?”  Encourage students to recognize that they are good at many things especially if they look at things in an unusual way.

 
Assessment: Rubric for teacher to gather observational evidence of student creative thinking.

 

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