Creative Thinking, Grades K-2
Developed and Taught by Mary E. Hopper
Content: The are the specific creative thinking skills emphasized:
- Fluency means thinking of many, many, many, many ideas.
Your ideas do not have to be unusual. When you use fluency,
you try to get as many ideas as you can in a few minutes.
- Flexibility is another productive thinking skill.
Flexibility means thinking of different kinds of ideas.
When you are flexible, your mind can hop or jump from one
category of ideas to another.
- Originality is another productive thinking skill.
Originality means thinking of usual ideas, ideas you
do not think anyone else will think of.
An original thinker can think of more than just common,
ordinary ideas. A good imagination is the original thinker's best friend.
- Elaboration is another productive thinking skill.
Elaboration means adding details to an idea to make it clearer or more interesting.
- Evaluation means weighing a situation or idea by looking at both sides of it.
Try to think of things that are good about the idea and not so good about it.
Or think of things you like and dislike about the idea or situation.
Purpose: Students will:
- Learn about the purpose of creative thinking.
- Define and demonstrate basic verbal and figural creative thinking skills.
- Employ basic creative thinking skills in the context of problem solving activities.
Eberle, Robert F. (1977). Scamper: Games for Imagination Development.Buffalo, NY: D.O.K. Publish Inc.
Juntune, Joyce (1984). Developing Creative Thinking: Fun Book Number One. New Brighton, MN: 120 Creative Corner.
Symonds, Martha (1977). Think Big!: Special Projects for Creative Thinking. Santa Barbara, CA: The Learning Works.
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[posted 01/01/01 | revised 02/02/02]