Category Archives: Fluency Thinking

Windblown

“Windblown”

In this cumulative story, beginning with one windblown gray circle, paper scraps are blown. 

The narrator asks, “Whose are these? Where did they come from?” 

The chicken says, “They’re mine!” 

The papers transform into different animals, which declare that the scraps belong to them. Then the wind blows all the scraps into the air and asks the reader, “What will you make?”

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking and fluency.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the reader can use his/her imagination to think about what the paper scraps will form before turning the page. 

TITLE: Windblown

AUTHOR: ÉdouardManceau

ILLUSTRATOR: ÉdouardManceau

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): shapes, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, fluency

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Cut different shapes from scraps of paper. Use your imagination to create different things from these scraps.

2) Play tangram games at Math is Fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/tangrams.html

3) Do this activity based on the book: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Édouard Manceau, visit:

https://www.abramsbooks.com/contributor/edouard-manceau_11558707/

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building”

Author/illustrator Christy Hale pairs children building with concrete poetry alongside photos of structures from around the world.

Readers will see how kids’ constructions can be expressed in the works of architects.

Backmatter includes explanations about the buildings and the architects who designed the buildings. Quotes from each architect demonstrate their thoughts about design and creative process.

This story promotes creative components ofwonder, flexible thinking, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the children’s buildings being paired with an architect’s structure demonstrates to readers how something simple can become complex. It inspires readers to compare form and design and wonder what they can create with materials they have laying around the house. I love children’s poetry and appreciate how the concrete poetry celebrates the joy of building.

TITLE: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

AUTHOR: Christy Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Christy Hale

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): architecture, building

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, flexible thinking, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research buildings with unique structures. Pick one. What materials that around your house most resemble your building’s structure? Build the building using your materials.

2) Play with wooden blocks.

“The maple wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.” -Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

3) Utilize different types of building blocks to build an Outer Space city. In what ways do the different types of blocks work together?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Christy Hale, visit:

http://christyhale.com/biography.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.

What else can you use it for?

Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.

Here are a few to get you started:  storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention

There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?

How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?

Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?

Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?

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