Creativity and Innovation Lessons: Back to School Learning Skills SEL activities

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FUN Back to School activity to help students think about problem-solving in a new way!

14 lessons to help students solve problems and be more creative in

  • academic obstacles,

  • business challenges,

  • relationship woes,

  • and the arts.

CREATIVITY and INNOVATION are about connecting IDEAS and LIFE EXPERIENCES to create new solutions.

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Use this life-long tool over and over again!

  • Use it again during Back to School activities with your new class to set the tone for a year of learning!

  • Teach important lessons if you ever need to fill a period.

  • Use this before assigning open-ended school projects to give students a framework to think of new ideas.

  • Leave the detailed lesson plans for a substitute teacher to use.

The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now.

It's not just for the arts, business, or creative writing. We need to be creative to solve everyday problems.

  • Hello Covid-19!

  • Hello systemic racism!

  • Hello dealing with bullies at school!

  • (And, for teachers, hello work-life balance!)

Teach your students HOW to come up with their own ideas using a GROWTH MINDSET instead of just copying the teacher's example...

September and January are great times to teach these lessons because students are open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.

But, whether it's the start of the school year, the New Year, or any other time, learning that creativity and innovations are skills that we can develop will be a difficult paradigm shift for most people.

This package is ready for Distance Learning and Google Classroom!

  • Show students HOW to be more innovative and creative.

  • Explain HOW we can judge and mark creativity.

  • This package is especially useful if you need to teach or evaluate creativity as part of your learning skills / 21st Century Global Competencies.


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Here are 2 weeks of lessons to do with your class to help students recognize that creativity is a learnable skill and we can all become more creative. 

Creativity is MORE than just being artsy! Creativity is a process that can be taught, and creativity can be assessed.

Why does every teacher need to embed creativity into their classroom? It's more than just about students coming up with their own ideas when doing class assignments.

By explicitly talking about creativity as a learnable skill and encouraging students to be more creative in our subject, we're helping students building a transferable 21st century skill that can be used anywhere.

We need creativity to solve LIFE problems:

  • As a business owner, how do you re-invent your business to pivot and thrive in Covid-19?

  • As a citizen, how do we change systems that have racism embedded in them?

  • As a person, how do I adapt my life to deal with unexpected obstacles?

  • As an employee, how can I get my boss to notice my great work (to consider me for promotions, or to see that I'm too valuable to let go when downsizing.)

  • As a student, how do I deal with that bully in the hallway?

  • As a teacher, how do I adapt my lessons? I didn't sign up for this global pandemic craziness!


  • Creativity is a learnable skill. 

  • Anyone can be more creative by applying hard work and strategies.

  • Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value

  • We use life experiences and connect them in different ways to come up with new ideas.

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SINGLE PDF update - v2022-08-01

This product has been simplified into a Single PDF to print.

The PDF has all of the handouts, and a "FILE Table of Contents" with one-click links to get individual files.

I added a digital learning version (Easel by TpT

I added Microsoft versions for all files

Files are now packaged by section (A. Creative Words, B. Twelve, C. Do Something Different, D/E Video + Consolidation) instead of splitting Google Drive folders by use (i.e. Print and Teach, Edit the documents, Google Classroom, etc.) 

For a complete list of changes, please see the changelog at the end of the Single PDF.

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Total Pages
176 slides, 38 pages of handouts, 82 pages of lesson plans
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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