“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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Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art
Pick a category such as robots, fish, trees, cars, breakfast, etc. Next starting with the number one (1), create a cartoon character for each number, 1–5. Make sure your number is “hidden”.
Think Deeper: Combine numbers to create animals.
Visit this webpage for tutorial and inspiration to transform numbers into animals:
Watch these brief videos that easily show how to turn numbers into cartoon birds:
How to turn Numbers 1-5 into the cartoon birds step by step
How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step
“7 Ate 9: The Untold Story”
Word on the street is that 7 ate 9 and 7 is after 6. Scared 6 hires a private investigator, Private I, to find missing 7.
Private I searches for 8, who knows zilch.
Next he heads to Café Uno and orders a slice pi. He still needs more data and finds 11, who tells him 7 went on vacation. Things don’t add up.
Read the rest of the story for the clever, surprise ending.
This book promotes creativity, originality and discovery.
TITLE: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
AUTHOR: Tara Lazar
ILLUSTRATOR: Ross McDonald
PUBLISHER: Disney, Hyperion, 2017
AGE GROUP: 6-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, discovery
1) Using your favorite number and personification create a number character. Personification is giving human qualities or traits to something non-human. Sketch out your character. Then “dress” your character with color and textures.
2) Write your own fun mystery using these organizers from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org)
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