Creativity Lesson: Play & The Donner Party

Suggested Books

*This lesson coincides with section 5, play is frivolous, from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.

Lesson written by Crystal Pickett

Grade level range: 8th

Length of time to teach lesson: 20-30 minutes

Objectives (Learning targets) of this lesson: Techniques to refocus/ get past a mental block, Review of Donner Party knowledge

 
Resources/supplies/handouts needed to teach this lesson: Sentence stems regarding Donner Party, Hardships the Donner Party faced were:  Resources the Donner Party needed were:  What I would do differently if I were in the Donner Party:       Pass chips/tokens – 3 per student

Step-by-step teaching instructions for the activity/lesson

Introduce new topic of Donner Party
2-3 minutes “think time” for prior knowledge
Divide into groups of 3 or 4
Give sentence stem to each student
Each student to complete sentence stem with 1 new idea
When completed with first sentence stem, pass to next person to add onto that thought.  If a student gets stuck, s/he can use a pass chip
Stems should circulate 2-3 times between students

Assessment: I would share this rubric with the students prior to starting the activity.  As they pass the cards around I would have them tally how many details they add.  During the activity I would have them initial next to their contribution.  I would review the note cards after the activity is completed and compare my scores to the students’ score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Help Wanted on
Mont Vernon
This book combines history
and mathematics with
adorable characters to teach
kids about the many talents
of the first U.S. President.
 

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The UnderAchievers:
Woven into a fun story, this
book provides excellent
math lessons for kids.  


Writing Across the Curriculum:
The NumberFix Project

 

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 Wacky We-Search Reports:
A popular book on writing
across the curriculum.