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Have you ever scrambled at the last minute to come up with a good bell-ringer activity for your high school students? Or, are you in need of a good collection of short thinking exercises to give your students a brain recharge mid-lesson? This package has you covered! With 255 of them, there's enough to last an entire school year, and you can use them year after year.
What you get in this package:
-- 100 Writing Prompts (also work well as discussion prompts for partners or small groups). These include fun questions, tough questions, critical or creative thinking questions, and questions that students may encounter in the future when applying for college or for jobs. This is a great quick way to get your students writing more!
-- 115 Fine Art Prompts. If you, like many others, are lamenting the way that budget cuts keep stripping away chances for students to be exposed to culture, this is one small way to fight back. Each prompt is a high quality copy of a famous work of fine art (a mixture that spans over a thousand years of art history, although most of the works come from between 1600-1950), which students can respond to in any way they choose (you can have them write their responses or discuss them with a partner or small group). There are no nudes included, so no need to worry about irate parents. Names of the pieces and artists are included in the presenter notes.
-- 40 Lateral Thinking Puzzles. These are part puzzle, part story. Students are given a scenario and then must use creative thinking to work out why or how this scenario has happened. While many answers could possibly work, only one is the "official" answer (included in the presenter notes). For these puzzles, your students will get the most out of the exercise if you put them in partners or small groups. PLEASE NOTE: Lateral thinking puzzles tend to, for some reason, be a bit morbid (most involve someone being dead; they are not, however, terribly descriptive or at all raunchy). I have included some more innocent ones in the mix, but I would recommend restricting these to just high school students.