Students, while examining inventions and innovators, identify, differentiate and discuss five Canadian inventors/innovations. After applying creative thinking strategies to a promotional piece, students brainstorm patents.
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10 Ideas for Teaching Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with the help of 10 ideas that delve deep into the history, major events, contributions, famous African Americans, and sheds light on how scholars today can take a proactive stance on current civil rights...
K - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of Invention
Inspire innovation in young learners through a study of important inventions throughout history. The four-lesson unit includes four separate lessons with activities ranging from researching and describing the history of noteworthy...
5th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Rousseau's ideas about natural and general rule, representative and direct democracy, and the role of government are the focus of this informational packet that also looks at how these ideas influenced the American form of government.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition
What if I said that you can build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative...
7 mins 4th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of Creative Constraints
Lucky you has been assigned with a creative task. There are no limitations, no rules, just endless possibilities. But where do you start? If such a project leaves you feeling paralyzed, watch a video that demonstrates the power of...
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
How the Bendy Straw Was Invented
Sitting in a soda parlor, Joseph Freedman notices the difficulty his young daughter has trying to drink from the paper straw in her milkshake. This sparks the invention of a bendy straw. Watch to learn more about this small but widely...
2 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Can Robots Be Creative?
What is creativity, anyway? Check out this fascinating video on the potential for creativity from artificial intelligence. The resource provides insight into the world of computer programming and algorithms, while at the same time...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How the Light Bulb Gets Switched On - The Evolution of Ideas
The creative process is the focus here. High schoolers make works of art that reflect elements of the creative process. They study the works of Robert Harris, and working as a class, they create a photo montage that includes images...
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
A Primary Source Picture Book
Travel through Europe with ten-year-old Teddy Roosevelt in this writing activity, which uses the picture book My Tour of Europe: by Teddy Roosevelt, by Ellen Jackson. After reading the book, readers compare it to passages from The...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable