I have the privilege of providing pull out gifted and talented classes for 50 3rd-5th grade students and Enrichment classes for 200 K-1 students at two elementary schools in a rapidly growing school district. These bright, capable students are smart and creative and need new challenges daily. The students come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and a majority of these students are English language learners.
As the next generation of leaders and innovators, they need to develop skills in creativity and financial literacy.
By learning and practicing these skills, students are better prepared to become productive citizens as adults.
Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” With this grant, students will practice fluency and flexibility in their thinking using the materials in their very own Creativity Bag. Each student will have their own Creativity Bag to use in class or at home if they are virtual students. After a review of fluency and flexibility, students will use the design process to articulate how they would transform the bag into something else. To review fluency, students will be shown cupcake wrappers and asked to brainstorm ways one could be used other than for cupcakes. Their Creativity Bags will be filled with pompoms, embroidery floss, Crayola Model Magic, Play Doh, index cards, Origami paper. They will also receive popsicle sticks, buttons, foam shapes, straws, floss, pipe cleaners from the classroom. Over the next several classes or Google Meet sessions, students will choose an item from their box to focus their brainstorming.
After listening to Not a Stick, students will be challenged to come up with different ways to transform a popsicle stick.
This time the students will be asked to change categories with each new idea. For example, if their first idea is a hot dog, their next idea couldn’t be a food item. Once they have had several days of practice with both fluency and flexibility, students will use the materials in their Creativity Bag to create a unique product. As Creative Entrepreneurs, students will design a marketing plan for the product, determine the costs to produce for their product, and determine if they can make a profit on their product. Students will have access to Origami books. When finished students will take home their Creativity Bags. Students will be invited to share their projects from home through Google Classroom.
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