Cognitive neuroscience studies have found that creativity coupled with the opportunity to think critically fosters divergent thinking. In these ten 10-Minute Challenges, students are provided with the framework to apply their understanding of academic content, such as area, perimeter, two dimensional shapes, and simple machines, in novel situations. While academic vocabulary is used in the challenges, this resource is not designed to prepare students for upcoming assessments, but rather challenge them to apply a logical, methodical approach to finding solutions to new problems.
This 25 page resource contains 10 quick challenges utilizing materials readily available in classroom, detailed directions for each task, and extension ideas. Enjoy!