Purpose: to access flexibility, fluency, elaboration, and originality in creative thinking.
- Understanding elaboration and why it’s important
- Understanding that being able to create many different ideas is important
- Understanding that titles are important to describe pictures
- Understanding that we can celebrate our ideas and thoughts to build creative skills
- Copy of Isabel the Inventor (image) and lesson plan from Lesson #1(Inventor Thinking)
- Copies of Doodle Cards, cut apart by parent/teacher (attached)
- Review the term flexible thinking from last lesson and discuss.
- Select an object from the classroom and have students brainstorm all the possible uses of the object.
- Show the Doodles copy and have students brainstorm what the picture could be. Turn the copy so that students can view it from different perspectives and continue brainstorming ideas.
- Show the student the eight Doodle Cards.
- Brainstorm about what each card could be.
- Have student select two of the Doodle Cards and create a picture (preferably a picture that hasn’t already been brainstormed). Encourage student to write a title or description of his/her picture.
- Have student share their finished product with someone else and display student’s work on a refrigerator or any location of your choice.
Ask student to brainstorm when flexible thinking might be useful to them or others. Discuss when it’s useful to you as well.