Choose any object in your classroom that can be touched. As a team, think of 25 ways that this object can be used.
Students should gather in teams of 3-4.
- Each team will pick their own object from the classroom. It can be a shoe, pencil, insect, desk, or any other item they can touch.
- As a team, you have ten minutes to write down 25 ways that you can use the object you chose. There are no wrong answers! Encourage every team member to share ideas. (5 minutes)
- Share your five most creative ideas with the class.
Your team will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- Paper and pencil
- The object selected in the classroom
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after the exercise.
- Were you able to come up with 25 ideas?
- What is it like knowing that there is no such thing as a wrong idea in this exercise?
- Was anyone on your team particularly good at coming up with new ideas when you got stuck?
- How did you decide which 5 ideas were the best?
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Brainstorming – Remember that there is no such thing as a wrong idea while brainstorming. Encourage students to share their ideas rapidly and without fear of making mistakes.
- Think outside the box – It is going to be challenging to come up with 25 ideas, the students will have to get very creative. For example, a pencil could be used to dig a hole, be a mast on a small ship, work as a splint on a broken finger, conduct a symphony, and many other uses.
- Team Participation – Encourage every student to share at least one or two ideas. If it appears that one person is dominating the group, look for ways to get quieter students to contribute.
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