Sam Sorts

Sam Sorts”

Sam’s things are in a heap. Time to clean up! Sam notices his things have some things in common like being round or in pairs.

Sam sorts things into categories.

His things match because they have stripes or does. Sam sorts by color, fuzziness, bumpiness, and more. Finally all Sam’s things are sorted. How categories? How many things?

This book promotes creative math.

TITLE: Sam Sorts (One Hundred Favorite Things)

AUTHOR: Marthe Jocelyn

ILLUSTRATOR: Marthe Jocelyn

PUBLISHER: Tundra, 2017




1) Gather a small pile of objects from your room and/or around your house. What do some things have in common? Do objects have common traits with more than one object? How might you sort those? You can use a two circle Venn diagram or try a three circle Venn diagram.


2) Brainstorm a list of things that jump. Brainstorm a list of things that roll. Pick the three most unusual items from each list and combine at least two items to invent a new object. What is the purpose of your object? Give your invention a name.


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Creative Thinking Prompt: It’s not springtime, it’s wingtime!

Creative Thinking Prompt: It’s not springtime, it’s wingtime!

If you could fly, what kind of wings would you have? Would you have dragon wings, butterfly wings, airplane wings…?

Brainstorm a list of wings.

Pick a set of wings or if you prefer you could have two different wing sets – an upper and lower set. Why did you choose that wing type? How might your wings affect how you can fly? Where would you fly to? What else might you use your wings for?



From the cover to the end of the Petra’s story, readers’ imaginations will spark. Petra is a mountain. Nothing can move her.

Petra is an egg. What will she grow up to be?

Petra is an island.

What else will Petra be?

This book promotes imagination and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Petra

AUTHOR: Marianna Coppo

ILLUSTRATOR: Marianna Coppo

PUBLISHER: Tundra, 2018


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking


1) Build or design a rock home for an insect or small creature.

2) What else can a rock be? Make a list of attributes of a rock. What attributes does a rock have that can be used in something else? For example: strength (attribute) – can be used to build a tower. How might the rock’s strength be good for building? How might the rock’s strength not be good for building?


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