Category Archives: Flexible Thinking

Write Your Sound Story

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sound Story

Begin by collecting sounds. Go on a nature walk. Record the sounds you hear.

Listen to songs of instrumental music. Which instruments remind you of the nature sounds you heard?

Walk around your town or city. Record sounds. How do the sounds you heard in a city environment differ from the sounds you heard in a countryside?

Write a short song story about yourself, using the sounds you have collected to represent you instead of words.

 Extending Connections:

To add more nature sounds and other sounds to your sound library, visit:

https://www.zapsplat.com/sound-effect-categories

To listen to sounds of instruments, visit:

http://www.beginband.com/sndclips.shtml

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Spring is here! As the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers. And with those showers come rainbows.

Water droplets act as a prism through which the sun’s ray travels. Each ray of contains the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. A ray travels in a straight line. When the ray hits the water drop, the light waves refract, separating and bending into different color wavelengths to display a rainbow.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

First, think about what can cause light to bend. Make a list. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Spilled oil
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Diamond ring

Second, think about what materials you could use to experiment with to create a rainbow.

Third, gather materials and try creating that rainbow.

Fourth, what steps are needed for your experiment?

Fifth, conduct your experiment.

Sixth, which materials were more successful at creating a rainbow? Which materials were not successful? Why do you think those materials were and were not successful?

Seventh, if you were to do this experiment again what might you do differently?

Think Deeper:

Use your imagination to create a rainbow from other unusual materials such as this fudge recipe.

Rainbow Fudge Recipe: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-fudge/a06a2a11-1b56-4861-a9f0-546f4730ddd2

Make a list of all the wonders you have about a rainbow. For example, I wonder if rainbows can form a circle.  Go to the library or ask a science teacher to find out answers to your wonder questions.

Extending Connections:

To learn more about rainbow formation and light refraction, visit: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/refrn/Lesson-4/Rainbow-Formation

Frederick

“Frederick

Over 50 years old and a Caldecott Honor book, Frederick is a beautiful, classic story. Frederick sits on the old stonewall while his brothers gather food for the winter.

“Why don’t you work, Frederick?”

“I do work. I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days.”

While the mice continue to collect, Frederick gathers words and colors.

During winter’s long cold days, supplies become depleted. Frederick keeps his brothers warm and happy with his colors and words. Frederick is a poet.

This book promotes imagination, wonder and perspective.

TITLE: Frederick

AUTHOR: Leo Lionni

ILLUSTRATOR: Leo Lionni

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967

AGE GROUP: 3-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Which colors remind you of each season (spring, fall, winter and summer)? Using those colors, create an expressive art picture that expresses the feeling of one of the seasons.

Here is an example of expressive art.

2) Gather colors for a rainy like Frederick did in the story. Write a poem about your rainy day.

3) Design a card for a friend using the illustrative style of Leo Lionni. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Leo Lionni, visit:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/leo-lionni/