Divergent thinking. Critical thinking. Think outside the box. Give students the opportunity to demonstrate divergent thinking using these activities. Divergent thinking activities can help prime the brain for problem solving as students begin to see the ordinary in new and creative ways. With divergent thinking, it is important to remind students that there is no one right answer. Help students to become fluent and flexible thinkers.
Divergent Thinking Posters:
Create a bulletin board with these posters to remind students to use divergent thinking: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. Pass out the posters to students and have them role play what divergent thinking looks like and sounds like in the classroom. Keep a set of the posters available during small group instruction to point out divergent thinking being used or to support learners. Use the posters to anchor in good habits of thinking. There are 6 different posters. Posters come in a colored version and a black and white version.
What Do You See?:
This activity includes 10 What Do You See? task sheets. Students turn the shapes into as many varied, unique items as they can. All ideas are acceptable! It is important to remind students this task is NOT about being an artist, but rather it is about looking at things through a divergent lens.
Complete the Picture:
This activity includes 18 Complete the Picture tasks. Students should be encouraged to use their imagination and divergent thinking skills to add details to the picture to create a scene or to create an elaborative drawing. It is important to remind students this task is NOT about being an artist, it is about using divergent thinking and coming up with original and creative ideas. Students can write about their scenes/drawings. Have students share their original thinking with each other and bring divergent thinking to life in your classroom.
These activities can be used as a center activity, a brain break, or an early finisher activity. Engage and motivate students to think outside the box with divergent thinking.
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