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Using S.C.A.M.P.E.R. techniques, students invent new toys by brainstorming ways to improve existing toys. Technical realities are of no concern for this activity; being imaginative and having fun are what’s important! Students work independently to
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The TV infomercial is part of American pop culture. For this lesson, students write and perform skits spoofing infomercials as they pitch their new inventions in the style of Ron Popeil, Billy Mays, and others. “But wait, there’s more!” Students
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This exercise in values and friendship enables students to identify their own value systems, establish criteria for choosing friends, and problem-solve solutions to social problems. By grappling with an issue involving a close friend, choosing a
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This quasi-culinary activity is sure to end in groans and laughter. Each student picks food words at random like “tomato,” “broccoli,” “or “hot fudge.” Working individually or in teams of three or four, students combine their foods to concoct an
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NOW AVAILABLE AS A PRINTABLE PDF! ALL 360 PAGES! BEST VALUE – CONTAINS 102 LESSON PLANS, 150+ PRINTABLES, AND INDISPENSABLE CREATIVITY GUIDE TEACH CREATIVE THINKING STEP BY STEP - With Creative Genius students learn and grow their creative
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In this lesson, students combine science with creativity to invent and design buddy robots, or “robo-buddies,” programmed to do the things they hate to do, need help doing, or simply wish they were able to do. By mixing, matching, and modifying
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This thinking and writing activity focuses on students’ values about friendship. The lesson plan uses the concepts of opposites, sarcasm and satire to express a student’s point of view, as they write a humorous essay on what it takes to be a very
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In this exercise in artistic expression, students use their imaginations and visual awareness to transform ordinary circles into original imagery. In an effort to visualize as many round things as possible within a ten minute timeframe, students
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Students apply general knowledge about cultures to imaginary cultures they develop themselves. Students collaborate to describe and display a range of characteristics for their original cultures. This activity requires research, writing, and
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In this lesson in imaginative nonsense, students learn about the rhyme scheme, structure, and meter of limericks. After exploring a few classic examples, students try their hand at writing their very own limericks. In doing so, they learn about a
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FREE! This mind-bending activity will test students’ analytical skills as they brainstorm to discover commonalities between two seemingly unrelated items. Working independently or as a team, students race to connect randomly-chosen items in
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In this exercise in verbal expression, students work in small teams to create their very own languages. As they explore the range of human vocal sounds, students create an alphabet and a lexicon—the building blocks for their new language. **NOTE:
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Students write original stanzas for “The Blue Tail Fly,” an American folksong that dates back to the 1840s. Writing teams use Object Cards for generating lyric ideas, while touching on the technical aspects of songwriting, such as rhyme patterns,
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Students make postcards to send home to friends and family from their vacations on the moon. Students illustrate the fronts of their postcards and design special moon postage stamps. On the backs they write a description of the landscape and tell
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In this fun, fast-paced contest, students exercise classifying and fluent thinking skills. Time is of the essence as students race to think up as many items in a given category as possible. Points are awarded for quantity and creativity.
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This activity puts math in motion as students race against the clock to create human equations. While using their bodies to represent components of mathematical equations, students hone their cooperation skills as well as their knowledge of
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In this exercise in creative writing, students demonstrate their powers of imagination and elaboration by composing unique narratives. Starting with identical story structures, students breathe life into their individual tales through the use of
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In this exercise in preferences, students list their likes and dislikes about all kinds of animals. They then design perfect pets by combining their likes and eliminating their dislikes. By drawing and naming their pets, writing descriptions about
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Hi, I'm Marjorie Sarnat. I’ve taught art to kids in public and private schools, am past editor of “Arts & Activities Magazine,” and also design kids’ crafts such as Project Runway® fashion dolls for major manufacturers. You've seen my products throughout Michaels and Joanne's stores. In 2010 my partner, Marty Safir and I co-founded Jr Imagination, a company whose mission is to facilitate creativity in kids. I believe creative thinking skills are as essential to a student’s future as any other educational goal. When I was a student myself I was surrounded by academic stars. I didn't know that I could be a star myself. I was creatively gifted, but that gift was unrecognized. Now I wish to offer all kids the opportunity to develop creative thinking skills and to shine a bright light on the creatively talented kids whose gifts might otherwise go unnoticed. As a teacher and a mom I know that creativity comes naturally to all kids; I want to keep those flames alive.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi, I'm Marjorie Sarnat. I’ve taught art to kids in public and private schools, am past editor of “Arts & Activities Magazine,” and also design kids’ crafts such as Project Runway® fashion dolls for major manufacturers. You've seen my products throughout Michaels and Joanne's stores. In 2010 my partner, Marty Safir and I co-founded Jr Imagination, a company whose mission is to facilitate creativity in kids. I believe creative thinking skills are as essential to a student’s future as any other educational goal. When I was a student myself I was surrounded by academic stars. I didn't know that I could be a star myself. I was creatively gifted, but that gift was unrecognized. Now I wish to offer all kids the opportunity to develop creative thinking skills and to shine a bright light on the creatively talented kids whose gifts might otherwise go unnoticed. As a teacher and a mom I know that creativity comes naturally to all kids; I want to keep those flames alive.

MY TEACHING STYLE

We offer products that encourage kids to believe in the power of their imaginations. These include lesson plans, books, apps, games, and fun activities that enable children to develop their creative thinking skills. Our goal at Jr Imagination is to grow the creative potential of every child, lead young dreamers to success, and raise the next generation of achievers. Through teaching Marjorie observed that there’s inherent creativity in all children (artistic or not), and it became her passion to help teachers and parents develop it. At Jr Imagination we understand that creatively gifted students aren't necessarily identified as the most intellectually gifted. Creative talent abounds among advanced, average, and learning-challenged kids. And while all children are naturally creative, we, as educators and parents, must nurture that creativity.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

"151 Uncommon and Amazing Art Studio Secrets" — Winner: Best Art Book, Non-Fiction, Global eBook Awards 2011 and Winner: Best Book Cover, Non-Fiction, Global eBook Awards 2011 Creative Play Award by Dr. Toy in 2008 for Project Runway® Designer Dolls.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Marjorie studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and teaching credentials from Eastern Michigan University. She also earned a Certificate of Training from the International Center for Studies in Creativity from Buffalo State University, NY. Marty studied Fine Art at UCLA and went on to found a successful graphic design firm.

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Marjorie and Marty live in Southern California with their creative daughter, talented son, and almost-genius dogs.

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