1+1 = 2. Spiders have eight legs. A dollar is worth 100 pennies, 20 nickels, 10 dimes, or four quarters. Many educational tasks call for children to come up with one right answer. These tasks are also called convergent thinking tasks, and are predominantly the type you see on standardized tests and worksheets.
However, most convergent thinking tasks don't require much creativity on the part of students. Conversely, tasks that have many possible answers or solutions help students hone equally important skills: divergent thinking skills, also known as flexible thinking skills. Students who are given opportunities to use divergent thinking skills are more likely to succeed in tasks such as brainstorming, inventing, writing creatively, and asking new and in-depth questions.
The 41 worksheets in this file help students sharpen their divergent thinking skills by inviting them to finish coloring, or add to, a partially-completed picture. Each worksheet also includes a space for students to write about their newly completed picture.
The worksheets come in two varieties:
-The first version is more open-ended. The partially completed picture stands alone and gives students extra freedom to color and write about it in any way they see fit.
-The second version is more structured. It scaffolds students' developing writing and divergent thinking skills by giving them a fill-in-the-blank sentence as a frame.
A template for extra lined writing space is on the last page of the file.
Happy learning, and have a great day!
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P.P.S. These worksheets are a bit like a precursor to the creative writing prompts I developed. You can access them here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creative-Writing-Idea-Generating-Prompts-544918