“Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”
PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.
This book promotes creativity, combination, originality, and imagination.
TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems
AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky
ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination
1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.
2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.
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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.
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?
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
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.
Egg carton with pipe cleaner spider.
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
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Use origami (paper folding) to perform scientific experiments and test hypotheses. From a dish soap racing boat to a table kite to a fan, readers practice origami folds to test science concepts such as surface tension, water molecules, air resistance, gravity and mass.
This story promotes creative problem solving, wonder, discovery and combination.
TITLE: Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step
AUTHOR: Michael G. LaFosse
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael G. LaFosse
PUBLISHER: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2004
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, wonder, discovery, combination.
1) A hypothesis is a guess. Develop a hypothesis that you’d like to test. Then design an experiment to prove or disprove your hypothesis. After you’ve completed your experiment, what new questions do you have? Will you create a new hypothesis?
2) Fold a piece of paper. Smaller and smaller… How many times can you fold the paper? Could this folding go on indefinitely or will it stop?
3) To create origami art, visit this link: http://www.origami-instructions.com
To learn more about author/illustrator Michael G. LaFosse, visit: http://www.origamido.com