Creativity Lesson: Even I Can Be Creative!

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*This lesson coincides with section 10, I'm not creative, from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.

Lesson written by: Sharon Miller, Dawn Wille, and Beth Prause

Grade Level Range: K-12

Length of time to teach lesson: 10+ minutes

Overview of the lesson:  We will introduce the Google slides with an explanation of the Johnny Carson joke about the toilet paper joke that was a self-fulfilling event.
Then we will show the 10 above creativity sparkers using the Google slides presentation.  The teacher will guide the students through the creativity prompters.

Objectives (Learning targets) of this lesson:  Students will learn to allow themselves to use the 10 creativity prompts

Resources/supplies/handouts are needed to teach the lesson:  Computer with loaded Google slides presentation, piece of paper divided into 10 section on the front and back for student notes. Timer (cell phone timer app), Rubric

Step by Step directions for teaching the lesson:

1)  Introduce the lesson with the first 3 slides.

2)  Ask students to divide a piece of paper into 10 sections.  Turn the timer to one minute for each task.  Show each task and after reading the card give students one minute to complete the card on their paper.

3)  On the back of the paper, students note which sections were particularly difficult to complete and why. 

4)  Students share responses with one another and discuss how they can improve their creativity.


Students use the following rubric to self-assess on the learning targets.  It can be used with any of the slides.

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