I read an article about serendipity, or making a fortunate discovery by accident when you were looking for something else, and I decided to make an assignment that could work in a variety of classrooms.
Use it in science to show how scientific discovery is often made because of some unrelated research, like the advent of the microwave oven, post-it notes, or silly putty.
However, it's not always about science, and it could be as simple as trying a new dish at a restaurant or as big as meeting the love of your life. You could even have students try to create their own serendipitous moments using this 11-question one-page worksheet with poignant who, what, when, where, why, how questions.
Great for an impromptu websearch or day in the lab. Works well for those students who are always finishing early.