Category Archives: Perspective

Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

Look around your environment.

What types of animals of might live here?

Choose one animal to study.

Pretend to be that animal.

Write a letter to your best friend who is another animal in a different country.

Explain what is like to live where you live, what do you eat, how do you get food, what’s your home like, who are your “friends,” what’s your favorite thing to do, etc. Include a picture of yourself and your name. You could mail your letter to a friend or a family member and see if they write you back as an animal.

The Catawampus Cat

The Catawampus Cat

The new cat enters the town walking askew.

The grocer and his wife try to straighten out the cat but to no avail. They wonder what is wrong with the cat. “Maybe he’s noticing something.” So they tilt their heads and discover something.

As the tilted cat strolls through town, people discover they can see better from different angles. Soon the entire town has gone askew. Then the cat stretches and straightens himself out, once again catawampus.

This book promotes originality, perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: The Catawampus Cat

AUTHOR: Jason Carter Eaton

ILLUSTRATOR: Gus Gordon

PUBLISHER: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Brainstorm ways to see the world around you differently by asking how else might I see things around me.

Here are a few thoughts to get you started:

ride a Tilt-a-Whirl

spin on a Sit-and-Spin slow and fast

use a protractor to create an image from multiple angles

hang upside down from the monkey bars at the playground

2) Grab a dictionary and find unusual words. Make a list of these uncommon words with their definitions. Choose one of the words to create a character and/or story.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jason Carter Eaton, visit:

http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763663077.ban.1.pdf

To learn more about illustrator Gus Gordon, visit:

http://www.gusgordon.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Egg of Ideas

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Egg of Ideas

◊  Go on an egg hunt for ideas. Make a list of subjects. Write each subject on a small piece of paper. Fill the plastic eggs with the papers. Hide the eggs. After the egg hunt, students make a list of “I wonder” questions that interest them about the subject in each egg. Use the 5W1H creative thinking technique – who, what, when, where, why and how.

◊  What else can an egg be? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes. Circle the most unusual idea.

◊  In what ways might an egg be used? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes.

◊  Decorate an egg in a way that disguises the egg.

◊  Write a short story about an adventure that an egg might have from the viewpoint of the egg.

◊  Invent a game using plastic eggs.

These activities encourage curiosity, flexible thinking, perspective, and imagination.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

 David Zinn

Photo via http://www.boredpanda.com/sluggo-chalk-drawings-street-art-david-zinn/

When I came across a post about Chalk Artist David Zinn, my imagination sparked. I couldn’t help but wonder what these characters’ stories were. Incorporating the surrounding environment to create his characters, Zinn pulls audiences into other realms, daring fans to imagine – where did this come from? what are they doing? why are they here? where are they going?

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

Visit David Zinn’s gallery http://zinnart.com/2015/11/far-flung-and-underfoot-traveling-street-art-2015/ or http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/david-zinn/.

After viewing Zinn’s chalk art, be inspired to write a story. Remember to have a beginning, middle and ending. Title your story.

The Missing Piece

The Missing Piece”

Circle is missing Its piece.

It searches…

and searches…

Finally, Circle finds Its missing piece. And It fits perfectly. Circle is whole. But It can no longer sing Its happy song and It rolls so fast that It can’t stop to have adventures. Circle gently places Its piece on the ground and rolls on, singing and having an adventure.

This book promotes creativity and whole/parts.

TITLE: The Missing Piece

AUTHOR: Shel Silverstein

ILLUSTRATOR: Shel Silverstein

PUBLISHER: 1976, renewed 2004 Evil Eye, LLC

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, parts of a whole

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Plan an adventure. Where would your adventure take place? How would it start? What would happen during your adventure? What people or things would you encounter? How does your adventure end?

2) Write about a time that something very important to you went missing. How did you feel? What did you do to feel “whole” again?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Shel Silverstein, visit:

http://www.shelsilverstein.com

Tomorrow’s Alphabet

Tomorrow’s Alphabet”

In Tomorrow’s Alphabet, you’ll have to think ahead. Not your ordinary alphabet storybook, author George Shannon takes a different perspective, taking what happens today and showing what it becomes tomorrow.

   

M is for caterpillar – tomorrow’s MOTH.”

  

O is for acorn – tomorrow’s OAK TREE

In the back of the book, readers are challenged to create their own tomorrow alphabet. Or try their hand at creating yesterday’s alphabet.

This book promotes discovery, different perspective, and inventive thinking.

TITLE: Tomorrow’s Alphabet

AUTHOR: George Shannon

ILLUSTRATOR: Donald Crews

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 1996

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, different perspective, inventive thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make an ABC list of your favorite sounding words. Your words can begin or end with each letter of the alphabet.

For example, A – apricot B – bumble C – cubic

2) Sing the ABC song in reverse, beginning with Z.

3) Write an ABC poem of your favorite things, using each letter to start the next line of your poem.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author George Shannon, visit:

http://www.georgeshannonauthor.com

To learn more about illustrator Donald Crews, visit:

http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/donald-crews

They All Saw A Cat

What do you see when a cat crosses your path? In the book, They All Saw A Cat, different characters’ perspectives open readers’ imaginations to think about how things can be perceived and how we can affect our world.

Here’s how a worm sees the cat.

Here’s how a bee sees the cat.

Brendan Wenzel’s delightful illustrations portray the perspectives a person, a dog, a worm, and a bat as the cat crosses their paths. Wenzel even includes how the cat sees himself.

This book promotes different perspectives, curiosity, and originality.

TITLE: They All Saw A Cat

AUTHOR: Brendan Wenzel

ILLUSTRATOR: Brendan Wenzel

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, originality, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you see when you see a tree? What does a fly view a tree? A bird? A squirrel? A worm? An ant? How might a kite view a tree?

2) To see things differently, try doing these things.

– look through a telescope or binoculars

– look through a microscope or magnifying glass

– look through color-tinted sunglasses

– look through a paper towel or toilet paper tube

– look to your left

– look to your right

– stand on your head

How does your view of the world change as you look through these items? How can you use these different viewpoints to help solve problems?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel, visit:

http://brendanwenzel.info

“A Poke In The I: A Collection of Concrete Poems”

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“A Poke In The I: A Collection of Concrete Poems

In A Poke In The I, Paul Janeczko selected thirty concrete poems. Concrete poems, sometimes called shape poems, are when the words or letters are arranged into the shape of the object that the poem is about, further enhancing the message the poem is imparting.

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© A Seeing Poem by Robert Fromon

For me, concrete poems are poetry for my eyes.

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© GIRAFFE by Maureen W. Amour

According to illustrator Chris Raschka, “Concrete poetry is the yoga of words.” In this book, his illustrations add further depth to each poet’s poem.

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© MERGING TRAFFIC by Allen Jones

This poetry book promotes flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, and different perspectives.

TITLE: A Poke In The I

Selected by: Paul B. Janeczko

ILLUSTRATOR: Chris Raschka

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2001

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, different perspectives

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a concrete poem about concrete. Using the words or the letters to shape your poem. Get creative and use different fonts to help convey your poem. What message do you want your poem to express to readers?

To learn more about writing concrete poems, visit:

http://www.poetry4kids.com/news/how-to-write-a-concrete-poem/

2) Choose a compound word to write a concrete poem about.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about poet Paul B. Janeczko, visit:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/heres-thing-q-paul-b-janeczko/

To learn more about illustrator Chris Raschka, visit:

http://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/chris-raschka

I’m Trying To Love Spiders

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A creative non-fiction book, I’m Trying To Love Spiders, combines facts about spiders and author Bethany Barton’s journey of overcoming her fear of spiders.

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In regards to her perspective on spiders, Bethany Barton stated, “I want to think of them as bug ninjas.” She believes that she shouldn’t be afraid of them since spiders do good things for the world. Did you know that a single spider can eat over 75 pounds of bugs in a year?

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Humorous illustrations accompany spider facts.

This story promotes humor, combination – facts with imagination, and a different perspective.

TITLE: I’m Trying To Love Spiders

AUTHOR: Bethany Barton

ILLUSTRATOR: Bethany Barton

PUBLISHER: Viking, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, combination – facts with imagination, and different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal that you don’t like. Research that animal. Discover at least five facts that you find good (positive) about it. Having learned these new facts, how does it change your perception about the animal? Remember even if you still don’t like the animal, you can appreciate and respect it.

2) Make a variety of homemade spiders.

spider-handprint Handprint spider.

Egg carton with pipe cleaner spider. egg-carton-spider

donut-pretzel-spiders-halloween-easy-fun-kid-craft Doughnut and pretzel spider. To easily make these, visit: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2014/09/24/easy-mini-donut-spiders-easy-halloween-treat-kids-can-make.html#_a5y_p=2500159

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Bethany Barton, visit:

http://www.bethanybarton.com

Home

Home

Home”

Animals, people, storybook characters live in many different structures called homes. Carson Ellis introduces readers to a variety of homes found throughout time and the world.

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Illustrations tickle readers’ imaginations as they wonder about who lives in these homes.

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This story promotes flexible thinking, making connections, and diversity.

TITLE: Home

AUTHOR: Carson Ellis

ILLUSTRATOR: Carson Ellis

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, making connections, and diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Think about the neighborhood you live in. List 10 different homes. Think about a place you visited. List 10 different homes. Compare the homes on your lists. How are they alike? How are they different? Which home would you only like to visit and why? Which home would you like to live in and why?

2) Home and house can mean different things to different people. What does each mean to you? What does qualities does a home have that a house doesn’t?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/ illustrator Carson Ellis, visit:

http://www.carsonellis.com