There is often more than one answer to a question. In this activity, your teacher will ask you five questions and challenge you to come up with five different answers for each question. Creative and imaginative answers are welcome… there are no wrong answers!
This activity is done individually. For each question:
- The teacher will read the question out loud.
- The student will write down the first answer that comes to your mind
- The teacher will prompt you to write a second, third, fourth, and fifth answer. It will get harder and harder… you might need to think of the question in different ways.
Questions for the teacher to read aloud:
(If your students seem stuck, there are suggestions next to each question.)
- What color is the sky? (What time is it? How is the weather? Is it only one color?)
- Why is it hot in the afternoon? (Where is our country on the planet? What season is it? What is our school made from? What are you wearing?)
- What do you hear right now? (Fellow students, people outside, vehicles, birds)
- What do trees provide? (How is wood used? How do they help the environment?)
- What makes you happy? (People, items, memories, places)
You will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- Paper and pencil
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after the exercise.
- Which of these questions was the hardest to come up with all five answers for?
- When you are solving a problem, why is the first answer not always the best answer?
- What was the most creative answer that you came up with?
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Brainstorming– Students are encouraged to see that there is typically more than one solution to a problem. There are no wrong answers… the idea is to get them to see problems from different perspectives.
- Awareness – Being aware of your immediate environment and the events taking place around you.
This post is also available in: Kreyòl (Haitian Creole)