*This lesson coincides with chapter 8 (Avoid Ambiguity) from Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.
Lesson created by Christine Donaldson
Grade level range: Kindergarten/First Grade
Length of time to teach lesson: 20 to 30 minutes
Overview of lesson: Learners will be provided with clay, popsicle sticks, and coffee stirrers. They will be asked to create 3-D shapes. That will be their only direction. There are moments or situations where “ambiguity can be a powerful stimulant to our imagination”. By not giving clear examples or directions I will be able to see a students’ depth of knowledge in regards to 3-D shapes.
Objectives (Learning targets) of this lesson: Students will build 3-D shapes. They will describe their shape along with the characteristics of a 3-D shape.
Resources/supplies/handouts needed to teach this lesson: Clay, popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, rubric
Teaching instructions for the lesson:
1) Ask essential question: Can you make the 3-D shapes you know?
2) Allow appropriate time for student to create their shapes.
3) Ask follow-up questions: What shape(s) did you create? What makes this shape 3-D
Assessment: Teacher can use this rubric to assess student creations in order to provide feedback or differentiation.