Welcome to the land of Hollywood where the stars are bright and the STAR Problem Solvers walk the red carpet in victory. This lesson is intended to help elementary students learn how to become STAR Problem Solvers. The STAR acronym stands for Stop, Think, Act, and Review – a method to solving any problem. The students start by solving Mystery Mix-Up Popsicle Stick Puzzles and then discuss what teamwork skills they used to solve their puzzling problems. Then they learn the STAR acronym and try it out as a class during some scene work situations. Finally the students break back into groups to write some problem solving scripts and then present their scenes to the class. Everyone is a star in this fun lesson learning the STAR problem solving method.
This packet is designed to provide you with a lesson, Power Point presentation, and activities for students. No planning is required; however there is a little prep work required to make the puzzles with Popsicle sticks. To make the puzzles, print the Mystery Mix-up puzzle pictures, glue one picture on top of 6 fat (1” x 6”) Popsicle sticks laid out in a square, and cut apart once dried. Place puzzles in separate zip lock bags.
The lesson can be used in the classroom or for small groups.
After completion of the lesson, students will be able to:
• Recognize the importance of making decisions.
• Make simple decisions using a problem solving approach
What is included in this packet?
1. Be a STAR Problem Solver Lesson Plan (3 pages)
2. Be a STAR Problem Solver Power Point (17 slides)
3. 6 Mystery Mix-Up Popsicle Stick Puzzles (6 pages)
4. 6 Scene Work Scenarios (3 pages)
5. 6 STAR Problem Solver Script Worksheets (6 pages)