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51 Thinking Creatively


Thinking Creatively

Start-Up Activity

Let your students know that creative thinking doesn't involve right or wrong answers; it seeks all kinds of possibilities. Creative thinking pushes the boundaries and may even be a little wild and goofy. To inspire your students' creative thinking, have them do the following activities:

  • Write your name backward (and pronounce it)
  • Give your address 20 years from now.
  • Write what a dog would say to a cat if they could speak. Write what the cat would say back.

This chapter will give students specific strategies for developing their creative thinking.

Think About It

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.”

—Yo-Yo Ma

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Creative Thinking Ideas

Have your students try each creative thinking strategy as you present it.

Make Comparisons

Present sentence starters for making comparisons:

  • My best friend is like . . .
  • My neighborhood is like . . .
  • Owning a pet is like . . .

Ask "What If" Questions

Have partners use "what if" questions to spark their creativity:

  • Write a "what if" question on a piece of paper. Then trade the paper with a partner, who should write as many answers as possible. Switch papers back and discuss.
  • Choose one "what if" answer from your partner and draw a picture to represent it.

Or have students work by themselves to answer "what if" questions.


Ask students to imagine what they want to be when they grow up. Have them pretend they are doing their dream job. Then instruct them to write a quick story about something amazing that happens on the job. 

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