I was asked
to work with a group of fifth-graders who are involved in the Destination
Imagination creativity competition. They wanted me to help them with teamwork
and short-term problem solving activities.
I gave each
youngster a piece of aluminum foil, told them it was a two-part problem, and
then told them that in the first part, they were to make something out of their
solutions were creative:
two-headed baseball bat
Everest and two sets of "finger skis"
about as random as you can get! I was worried about how they would respond to
Part II: now they had to take those seven objects, and in two minutes, work
them into a skit that they would act out.
ready in about 20 seconds. They said it so fast, I'm not sure this is exactly
right, but it was something like this: a hot-dog vendor at a ball game got hit
with a two-headed baseball bat and developed a huge bald spot, so he required a
wig, which he took off when he went swimming at the foot of Mount Everest,
which made front page news when a space alien's shrink ray gun minimized it
down to the size of a mouse.
you wonder just what they're putting in kids' Cheerios these days. . . .
By Susan Darst Williams • www.GoBigEd.com • Class Clown 007