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*This lesson coincides with section 4, be practical, from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.
Lesson written by: Cheryl Macy and Jill Schwartz
Grade level range: Upper Elementary
Length of time to teach lesson: 8 minutes
Overview of lesson: Students will assess the value of a new design of chair followed by focusing on the positive of a new idea. They will then explore a “what if” scenario by making a comic strip that answers, “What if super powers were real?”
Objectives (Learning targets) of this lesson: Understanding that “what if” thinking can lead to innovative ideas by asking questions that by themselves may not produce practical, creative ideas, but when paired with provocative ideas can produce practical solutions.
Step-by-step teaching instructions for the lesson:
1) Look at chair picture and write down three impressions about its value
2) Read backside of picture sheet
3) Write down three positives uses for chair
4) Explain comic strip “what if” (what if super powers were real?)
5) Draw comic strip to show the reality of super powers.
6) Summarize main “what if” power point quote
Assessment: This rubric is meant as a self assessment for the student throughout the lesson to reflect on possibilities.