Our world needs creative problem solvers and your students are the ones who will be solving the world's problems sooner than you (or they) may think! Let's get them started early with a deliberate technique that will increase their ability to come up with the creative ideas necessary for effective problem solving. Brainstorming, used as an idea generating device, is best practiced - and practiced often. After you lay out the essential rules for an effective brainstorming session, they will apply the skill as they Brainstorm a Green Machine - a mechanical trash grabber that will sort trash into 3 containers: Landfill, Compost, and Recycle.
This Mindwinder includes:
**An essay to be used as a springboard for the class discussion
**A suggested nonfiction reading
**A collaborative hands on challenge
**An opportunity for a thorough debrief