Creativity Lesson: Behind your Back

*This lesson coincides with chapter 3 (Follow the Rules) from Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.

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Lesson created by Claudia Rubio

Grade level range:   4-6

Length of time to teach lesson: 8 minutes

Overview of lesson: To challenge our norms/rules by using the opposite hand/side of the body and building a common item behind our back or with our eyes closed.

Objective (Learning target) of this lesson: To look and experiment with actions in a new way and be more conscious of the action and improve our creativity.

Resources/supplies/handouts needed to teach this lesson: Paper, marker, scissors, computer mouse, computer, tangrams, timer, & rubric

Teaching instructions for the lesson:  (all activities should be completed with hands behind the back or with eyes closed or blind-folded)  

1)  Using your dominant hand, write your name in cursive, then using your dominant hand cut around your name. *
2)  Using your non-dominant hand, write your name in cursive, then using your non-dominant hand cut around your name. *
3)  Using your non-dominant hand, use the mouse and keyboard and type the following words: Follow the Rules, then select and highlight the words.
4)  Using the given tangrams, build a 2-story (2D) house on the table. *
5)  Pull the tangrams apart, turn around and build the 2-story house behind your back or with your eyes closed. *

 *Teacher will time #’s 1, 2, 4, and 5 and record the results

 Assessment:  Teacher assesses students (or students assess students) using the rubric.

 

 

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