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A book, a printable, critical thinking, and LOTS of imagination!
Begin with a favorite read aloud. Students love the story The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. Spires tells the story of a girl and her very best friend - a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea! She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look and just how it will work. All she has to do is make it. And the journey begin...
Then, grab a pile of books on famous inventors. Have students peruse them for inspiration.
Invite students to participate in the Invention Convention.
"Good news! Due to your incredible genius and entrepreneurial (business) skills, you’ve been invited to the Invention Convention. Only visionaries like you are invited. You must design the next BIG thing – an item that is a necessity OR something people really want."
This item addresses:
Comprehension of famous quotes
Application of quotes to the real world
Motto or slogan
Naming the product
An illustration page for advertising purposes
This activity demands greater cognitive rigor, easily lends itself to differentiation, encourages critical thinking, and engages students in lively debate.
Motivate students to invent by solving Albert Einstein's riddle. Check it out!
Ask students to interview an inventor. Students research an inventor and then speak from the inventor's point of view.
Or, invite students to design an app! Super fun!
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