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Tia
Jandreau
I think the World Traveler Geography idea would fit in with my middle school computer classes! Each week I work with the classroom teachers to enhance the lessons they are teaching in the classrooms - so this would work great in their Social Studies class. The passport idea would work perfectly, using Photoshop to create their passports. They could research the countries using the internet, then use a variety of mediums, from powerpoints, to brochures for their final project. Another fun activity that I would incorporate into this project is to have them take a picture of a scene from their particular country and add themselves to the pic. They can achieve this by using their Photoshop skills. The incorporation of technology would lend itself well to this Geography project!!
Mendy
Jones
The Fake Family Album was a neat idea. I would like to take this idea and use it in my English class. The students could use this for their creative writing activities. We could also use this activity to use more descriptive writing. My students often struggle with adding detail and describing. This would be a great way to enhance this. I could have them take the pictures and describe them in detail.
Sharon
Jones
Kari Abelseth's taxi cab ride could be very easily included in some way in "Travel Geography." It would be another way the students could use their imagination to describe a city they visited. Instead of writing a report for a country they could imagine they were on a tour bus and what a Tourist guide would say as you rode around the city - maybe adding in a Powerpoint presentation to add to the visual aspect. The other students could be in a "bus" as the tour guide shows different photos and explains what the students are seeing out their "windows." Sharon Jones
Brent
Jung
I would really like to use the idea of showing students ¨Abstract Art from a Slideshow¨. This would be a great activity to use in my class. When showing the students pictures of art or anything else it makes them use their Spanish even more by speaking and thinking in Spanish. This is also a great exercise for expanding their vocabulary, working on their pronunciation, and helps them with their fluidity as speakers as well. I think this would be beneficial to anyone of my Spanish classes because it all helps them become better Spanish speakers and thinkers. It also promotes them to use their imaginations and to get invoIved into discussions which I think is great for them. I think this is a GREAT idea and I can't wait to try to out!
Lisa
Kannegieter

Anne
Kemp
I'm not sure what these symbols are...probably something to do with my missing post? Anyway, my adaptation was inspired by Beth P.'s response to my comment on teaching HOTS years ago. She mentioned a poster of a tall building that showed the hierarchy of questioning. I think I'll create some kind of poster that shows the hierarchy and have students consciously try to evaluate what kinds of questions they ask. Each kid could have a specific type of sticker and track their questioning habits by placing a sticker in each area as they fulfill that type of questioning. By noting/monitoring what types they least ask, students can work to increase their higher order thinking! I can guide by modeling, but the goal would be they monitor their own abilities.

Susan
Koertner
As I read through the posts on the Imagination page I immediately thought about how I could adapt Frances Miller's lesson on birds and their adaptations to their surroundings. We study animal features, habitats, etc. with my kindergarteners and I think they would enjoy creating an animal based on where they live. I was thinking I could describe a habitat to them and they would create an animal that could live there successfully. Kindergarteners love studying anything with animals and I think they would really enjoy that "ownership" piece of creating their own animals. They could then present their animal to the class and explain it's features and why they chose it.
~~Susan Koertner :)
Karen
Koupal
I really liked Lisa K's use of youtube for chemistry reactions. I too am a big "visualizer". I cannot even fathom a word if somebody just spells it to me- I have to hear the whole word first or see it or it's just gibberish. Teachers finally got access to youtube as well as other online videosin our district and I've been wanting to use it in class. We are starting current world issues in World History and I'm going to build a unit on terroism around two clips. The first one is a beautiful and haunting video called Wash Away- it's the events of 9/11 in reverse set to the song Wash Away- you can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D59IwS8z0wQ
the other one I will use is Morgan Spurlock's series 30 Days where a white Christian male spends 30 days in a Muslim household in Dearborn, MI. I also ran across a class out of Boise State teaching educators how to make an educational video for youtube and exploring ethics etc - couldn't tell if it was online or classroom based but you can contact dixieconnor@boisestate.edu for more info.
Matti
Kranz
I have read from a lot of teachers that they have students read a certain material and then have the students envision themselves from a different point of view. I would like to see what some of my students come up with in my health class after looking at some food choices or complete recipes that are their favorite foods. Let them figure out what they think it is made of and then from a Chef's point of view, "How can we make that food choice better?" Or how can we complete that to be a real nutritious meal? What changes can we make?? Matti K
Stacy
Krumpus
Tia Jandreau idea that she posted was, "One of the final projects that my students complete in their Computer II class is a magazine cover created in Photoshop. They must come up with their own magazine name and add all the elements that magazine covers need from images, to attention grabbing shapes/fonts to dates, cost, and mailing address labels. It is amazing what they are able to create! Some create "spin-offs" from actual magazines and match fonts and styles, while others are totally "out-of-the-box" with very original designs. Either way - there are projects that really showcase their imagination!"

This made me think of a idea for Scale Factor, but I adapted it to not using computers. This will make them use rulers/scale factor & proportions.

Create a CD cover

What: Discover proportional reasoning through investigations of similar figures.
Why: In order to understand that proportional reasoning is used to create scale drawings.
How: You are the creative designer for CDAmerica. You have been asked to design a CD cover for a soon to be released CD for American Idol's newest idol winner.
1. Choose one of the three specified designs (provided by teacher) that you would like to use as the cover art, or pick a picture of your own.
2. Find an appropriate scale that will fit the entire design on the CD cover with dimensions 12cm x 12cm, with no extra space left over.
3. Draw the rescaled picture onto the 12cm x 12cm square using your scale factor. On the back of the new picture, make sure to include the scale factor that you used to create picture.
4. Write a paragraph explaining to future employees of CDAmerica the steps you used to do this task. Be very thorough in your explanation. Include how you figured out what scale factor to use and any proportions or other tools you may have used.

I find it very difficult to bring in imagination and creativity into math. I think the creativity comes from how they choose to solve the problem.

Diane
Kurtz
There were two classroom activities that I really liked. The first one was Jennifer E.'s idea on creating a fake family from photos they find elsewhere. I could incorporate descriptive writing into the lesson by having them describe each member of the family. I could also tie in an ancestry unit with this, and have them use the South Dakota State Library and research their real/biological lineage.
The other activity is to have my students make their own magazine cover. I am a hobby photographer, and I could incorporate a little explanation of camera features and settings into the lesson. I would have the students make a cover featuring themselves as the cover model. I think the students would love this idea.
Arlene
Maxfield

Frances
Miller
If and when I get back into science classroom, I really liked Allisa Hugelmans use of her 'junkyard wars" lesson. I believe that given the opportunity, students can be very creative and this lesson is great for science. It is hands on, gives choice and requires them to think on their own, not following a step by step lab process. After building background knowledge in a specific area, as a culminating acitivity I would give students an envelope filled with materials and ask them to create something specific to our area of focus (Allisa had her students make a glider) but it could be anything. This lesson gives all students the opportunity to be successful because there is no one way to build something and students who might not do well on summative assessments have the opportunity to shine here. A great idea from Allisa!
Charlotte
Mohling

Jamie
Mutter
I like Jennifer Englert's idea on creating a fake family from photos that they find in magazines then writing on them, I could take this and modify it to fit my life skills class, having them find pictures of people and descripe their feelings, their likes and dislikes, we could even make this work into work place discussion. There is so much you can do with old magazines to get the creative juices going.
Amber
Nelson
I was looking through the imagination pages and found two activities that I really liked. The first was from Tia J. and creating a magazine cover. I think that is a great idea and could be used for lots of different areas such as an overview of a book, a student created science dictionary cover, and a good Earth Day project. I also like Darren P.'s idea of having the students imagine how other people live in different cultures. I think it would be neat to do the imagination part and then actually research the cultures and compare/contrast the imaginative and the actual lifestyles. It would be interesting to see the results.
Dorothy
Nelson

Dana
Neu
I liked Amber N.'s idea of reading the book Frog & Toad: The Lost Button and then having the children create their own special button. This would work fabulous for my Storytime sessions. I could center an entire Storytime based on on buttons. We could sort buttons, classify buttons, make patterns with buttons, and end the session by creating our own special buttons.
Steve
O'brien
I like Mendy J's idea for changing the ending to a story and having the kids re-write. I would use this at the end of "The Far and the Near." The story has a realistic ending, I believe I would have them re-write it from a romantic point of view. Having things become more "Cinderella" at the end with dialogue and plot. That would allow a discussion on why the original author went the way he did and which direction do we like better.
Mary Helen
Olsen
I got an idea from reading Stacy Krumpus' "Imagination" entry on the use of using You-tube© videos with students to spark their imagination. I teach Religion, and a big part of my class is to encourage critical thinking skills and moral decision making. There are many videos that could be a jump off point for discussions or other class projects.
Melissa
Olson
I like the idea of pretending to be a tourist in a different country. I will be teaching 7th grade geography next year and this sounds like a fun idea. I know the group of 7th graders I will have next year will absolutely enjoy this activity.
Cari
Olson
The "Fake Family Album" idea from Jennifer Englert was interesting. She gives students random magazine photos of people and has them create stories / scenarios with the people in the pictures. This is an idea I can adapt to work in my junior high Spanish class. We do a family / professions unit. I could have students randomly pick pictures and create family trees with the people they chose. They could give the people names along with a Spanish family title (cousin, uncle, grandpa, etc.). After the family tree, students could assign professions to each of the members of their new Spanish family.
Elizabeth
Parliament
I liked Nancy Block's Daily Eye Opener - in which she has creative writing
prompts for the students to write on. I would add some graphic organizers
directly below each prompt just to get the children started. I also thought
it might be fun to add in other

5 minute activities that would spur-on imagination - 3 dimensional
activities, creating puzzles, using other mediums like clay - but thee
students would only have 5 minutes to create, and a time-limit would be put
on the sharing of ideas - I like the idea of creating a desire for the
students to show-up wondering what might happen at school that day.
Darren
Paulsen
I really liked the "Travel Geography" idea off of the imagination page. This is a great concept that I could incorporate into my classroom. It would allow my students to use their imagination along with the knowledge that they have gained from a certain country or region to better understand what it would be like to visit this place. I teach high school geography so I was thinking about incorporating this idea into one of my country research projects. I could have the students write a story using their newly acquired knowledge and imagine that they were on a trip to their research country or have them do a PowerPoint presentation like it was a slide show of travel photographs. It would be a really fun addition to my country projects and I think it would provide the students with an opportunity to imagine what it would be like to travel to a different place and experience a different culture. Thanks for the great idea!