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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Original Stories Using Why

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Original Stories Using Why

Why do snakes slither?

Why does a cow “moo?”

Why don’t humans have eyes in the back of their heads?

Why does the sun greet the day and the moon greet the night?

Why does it snow only where it’s cold?

Right away, our minds search for a logical answer to these questions based on the knowledge we already know. For the moment, put that aside. Pick two questions. For each one, use your imagination to develop a mini-story as to why these things happened. The stories can be farfetched like a Tall Tale if you’d like.

Think Deeper: Make up your own why questions and share with a friend.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Musical Fractions

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create A Song Using Fractions

Using the table below, write out the music notes as fractions.

This chart shows how many of each note equals one whole (1).

Arrange these fractions in as many ways as possible that equal up to 1.


On a blank music sheet, divide the first line into 4 sections. For each section, write one of your possible fraction combinations. That means each section equals 1 so that your first line of music will equal 4 wholes. Continue until you have filled up your sheet of music.

Play your fraction song by clapping out or using a percussion instrument for each fraction beat.

Think Deeper:

 Using your fraction music song, label each note.

Or using a double line blank music sheet, create a song for you and a friend to play together. You take the top line and your friend plays the line below.

Download single line blank music sheet at https://www.8notes.com/school/resources/manuscript/10sl.pdf

Download double line blank music sheet at https://www.8notes.com/school/resources/manuscript/10dl.pdf

CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

   
CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

An attribute listing matrix is a common creative thinking technique used to generate and develop ideas through multiple combinations. Today, we are going to use it to create a monster face.

STEP 1. Select a problem or product.

  • PROBLEM: To create a monster face.

STEP 2. Break problem into key attributes.

  • ATTRIBUTES: Create a list of attributes that might be found on a monster’s face. Pick six of the most important ones.
  • In the first row, number 1 – 6, skipping the first box.
  • In the first column, list six attributes, skipping the first box. For my attributes, I identified face color, hair, number of eyes, markings, teeth and horns.

STEP 3. Identify various ways to achieve each attribute.

IDENTIFY: Brainstorm different options for each attribute. Pick up to six.

  • For each row, list six types of that item. For example, Face Color: blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple.

STEP 4. Design or create a solution by manipulating and recombining the variables.

  • DESIGN: Use a six-sided die to create combinations.
  • Roll the die six times, writing down each number after you roll.
  • Then starting with the first attribute – Face Color, find the corresponding number to discover which color your face will be. If I rolled a 4, my face color would be purple.
  • Do this for each attribute.
  • Now draw your monster face.
  • Don’t forget to name your monster.

This process can be repeated over and over again using different number combinations.

CREATE A MONSTER USING ATTRIBUTES

ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
FACE COLOR Yellow Pink Green Purple Orange Blue
HAIR Spiked Mohawk Bald Ponytail Long Curls Bobbed
NUMBER of EYES Five Two Zero Four Three One
MARKINGS Furry Freckled Star on Cheek Birthmark None Spotted
TEETH Drooling Pointed Gaps in between Decaying Gleaming Braces
HORNS Unicorn Goat Hippo Antelope Elk Ibex

Here’s what I rolled.

Face Color: 4 = purple

Hair: 2 = Mohawk

Number of Eyes: 5 = three eyes

Markings: 6 = spotted

Teeth: 2 = pointed

Horns: 1 = unicorn

I’m not the best drawer but I present to you, Bob the Monster.

Now you design your own attribute matrix to create a one of a kind monster!