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Break students into pairs or small groups. Begin this lesson by giving the groups an everyday object like a pen, water bottle, or paperclip. Tell the groups that each object does so much more than what we see. For example, the pen might write secret messages that self destruct. The students can imagine all kinds of possibilities. Then the groups have to create short advertisements to market these new inventions. Here’s a lesson plan for this project by a language teacher in India. Here are the commercials her students came up with that also showcase their inventions. I liked this one where they invented a new kind of chalkduster.
Anne Royse Ginther started her life labeled a "grotesque" adoptive baby. Talia Leman (age 16), on the other hand, was a lovely baby with the exception of her hedgehog hair. Their dreams intersected in 2005 when they both reached out to rally U.S. youth to aid survivors of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast. Their effort ended up ranking the giving power of U.S. school children with the top FIVE U.S. corporate donors, coming in at over $10 million. Wanting to harness that power for the other issues the world faces, they founded RandomKid along with Dana Leman, a unique nonprofit that empowers any random kid to solve real problems by joining their efforts with other like-minded youth.RandomKid has worked with 12 million youth from 20 countries to provide aid on four continents. Together, RandomKid youth have funded water pumps, built schools, provided medical care, and all the while, fostered peace. A former national ambassador for UNICEF, Talia is a recipient of the National Jefferson Award, World of Children's Founder’s Youth Award, regarded as the "Nobel Prize” for efforts that serve the world’s children, and the International Youth Talent Award from the European Union and the Spanish government of Extremadura. Anne is recognized as a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth, receiving her honor at the 2009 CNN Inspire Summit, and in 2010 addressed 3000 world leaders at the invitation of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to promote world peace. RandomKid has been designated a United Nations Champion of Intercultural Innovation. Talia, Anne and Dana firmly believe that it will be our youth around the globe who will make this world the place it needs to be.
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“Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselveswholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their timeinsipidly is, because they find their curiositybalked, and their inquiriesneglected.” ~John Locke
Advertise This! •Break students into pairs or small groups. •Give the groups an everyday object like a pen, water bottle, or paperclip & tell them each object does more than what we see. •The groups create short advertisements to market these new inventions.
Innovation Day •Students are given a month to innovate in any field •Provide them mentors •Present these innovations all in one day •Similar to a science fairSummit Science Fair by Jose Kevo, Flickr
Recycled Inventions •Gather recycled materials on a table •Supply students with glue guns, duct tape, etc. •Allow them to create robots or inventions with the recycled materials •Students take a photo of their invention & use apps like Voicethread, Fotobabble or Skqueak toChildren and Recycled Art by icecairo, Flickr describe their invention.
Students Reflect on Chapter Themes Voicethread.com