Engaging Creative Thinking
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Dr. Bertie Kingore
Kim Cheek, Mary Christopher, Julia Griffin, Kathy Hall, Bonnie Hood,
and Jeffery Kingore
Let students loose
their imaginations while
remaining producers! Incorporate skills from multiple content areas
into creative learning opportunities for students with these engaging
activities. Use the Creative Problem Solving with Literature forms to
guide students' analytical thinking and discussions about literature.
Or, engage students' in content-driven learning opportunities with
one of the five detailed, hands-on performance tasks to stimulate
your students' creative problem solving skills and differentiate your
- TASK 1: The Alien,
Students work in groups using trash and recyclable materials to
build a three dimensional alien that is exactly two feet tall and
- TASK 2: Newspaper Bridges,
Students use newspaper and tape to build a standing bridge that is
a minimum of six inches tall, 12 inches long, and supports a
minimum of four pounds for 60 seconds.
- TASK 3: Architecture,
Using the drawing feature of an integrated computer software
package, students replicate the facade of one urban and one
residential building. Students compare the geometric features and
patterns found in the architectural structure of each
- TASK 4: The Golf Course,
Students work in teams using trash and recyclable materials to
construct one section of a miniature golf course while operating
within a budget. Then, the class plays a round of golf!
- TASK 5: Road Rally,
Students work in groups to design and construct a self-propelled
vehicle using materials that team purchases with allotted
money. Then, the students' creations compete in races!
Six authors of the tasks share their
experience by providing the background information, criteria,
procedures, and reproducible forms for student use, evaluation, and
See what some creative
students from Cartwright School District in Phoenix, Arizona
have been doing in their Gifted Cluster Program!
These activities were
created by gifted students ranging in grades from 1st -8th
that are placed into their Gifted Cluster Program.
Cartwright has in place a school wide cluster model at all 20
of their schools. Students placed in this program in
addition to daily tiered classroom instruction are provided
enrichment services during which they completed the
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Bertie Kingore is an
international consultant who has worked with students, their
teachers, and their parents for over 30 years. Recognized
for her humorous and practical presentations, her energetic
sessions leave teachers revitalized and eager to implement
her shared ideas and learning experiences in their own
classrooms. She has received many honors including the
Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of North Texas
where she earned her Ph.D. She is a past President of the
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and was also
recognized as the Texas Gifted Educator of the Year.