I Believe in Unicorns
Classroom Experiences for Activating Creative Thinking (Grades K-4)
Take your students on an imagination journey! Filled with thrilling activities that build creativity in your students, I Believe in Unicorns is a must have for teachers interested in encouraging imaginative thinking. Get an elephant down from a tree, build a monstrous (and odorous) "smelt," evaluate the job performance of an octopus who moonlights as a lifeguard, or remove a porcupine from your lunchbox! Activities like these will challenge your students' creativity and imagination.
I Believe in Unicorns offers fun, exciting activities designed to encourage creativity and imagination among children in grades K-4. Written by a master of creativity teaching, this book offers activities that strengthen the skills essential for creative thought—fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.
This book was meant to be torn apart! Each student activity page was designed for duplication so that it can be used by individuals or the entire class. Mix these activities in with other classroom learning projects. Most of the adventures involve writing. However, it is important that open-ended discussion and brainstorming be frequently incorporated into these activities.
Table of Contents
Introduction Preface How to Use This Book Steps Toward Creativity Creativity Scoring Guide Activities ATS Unicorns Do Have Horns! A Nerd Should Be Heard Super Machine My Very Own Unicorn Mewl on a Stool Trying The Arn A Different Beat Rub a Dub Dub, A Hippo in the Tub Blobs Splots Unload a Toad Supermarket Secrets Saving Squiggles Slicky-Sticky Stir a Rainbow Shhhhhhhhh and Mmmmmmmm Hurray for Homographs! Undo a Gnu Look Again! Giving Me Verbs Look Who’s Talking Some Smet! Make Up a Hiccup Goods and Bads Dabble, Doodle, Scrawl, and Scroodle Glocks and Clocks Feed the Cat It’s a Good Day to Love a Rhino! Conversations of a Close Kind Caring Unicorn Shadows Quacks in Sacks Color this Tender & Strong Fluffies Ickies and Uckies Sounds Worth Hearing Noon in a Dragooooooon On Becoming Real Peanut Butter & Porcupine Quills Thingamajig Things Beautiful Unicorn Horns Believing
Bob Stanish has had 25 teaching resource books and numerous articles on the creative processes and problem solving published. A highly imaginative writer and innovative thinker, he is nationally recognized for his efforts to promote classroom creative thinking in usable and learnable ways. A teacher with experiences at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and a former school administrator in various capacities, his books have assisted teachers and schools in initiating educational programs to nurture, accommodate, apply, and expand students' creative and critical thinking abilities. During the past 14 years he has served as a senior adjunct professor of psychology at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.