Lesson Plan

Brainstorming for Design Thinking

Students will brainstorm, categorize and share ideas.
Maureen S.
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Ancillae-Assumpta Academy
Wyncote, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Objectives

Students will be able to...generate ideas to design a product, categorize their ideas and determine which ideas they will use to create their product.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Arts
Grades 2 – 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

Albert Einstein

Ask the question, Why do you think this quote is important when you are brainstorming?

2 Direct Instruction

Students will go into groups of four. Each group will be given a pad of sticky notes. Each group will be given an area of the wall to place their ideas. The group will have ten minutes to generate as many ideas as they can for their design. The timer will be shown so students are aware of their time limit.

Student Instructions

You will get with your group of four. In your group you will have 10 minutes to generate as many ideas for your design as you can think of. Remember "If at first the idea is not absurd there is no hope for it." or there is no such thing as a bad idea. Every idea should be counted. Be sure to try and think outside of the box.

3 Guided Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Teacher will give a scenario for students to practice brainstorming. Example, I am a teacher and would like you to design a bag for me. What are some of the things I would carry in my bag that you might include in the design? This will be done as a group with the sticky notes placed in the front of the room. Remember there is no such thing as a bad idea.

4 Independent Practice

During this time, the timer will be set to 10 minutes. Students will generate as many ideas as possible on their sticky notes and place them on their section of the classroom. Teacher will work as guide to encourage students to generate as many ideas as possible.

Student Instructions

Students will work independently for 10 minutes to generate their ideas.

5 Independent Practice

Popplet
Free, Paid

Students will use the Popplet App to organize their ideas into categories. All ideas must be included in the graphic organizer.

Student Instructions

Collect all of the sticky notes generated by your group. Put the sticky notes into categories. After creating categories, go to the Popplet App and create a graphic organizer to show your groups thoughts and decisions.

6 Wrap up

After viewing the organizer as a group, determine which features you would like to include in your design. Students will then select one member to go to the Flipgrid App and answer the question "What are the five most important features of your groups design?"

Student Instructions

After you have completed your Popplet, go to the Flipgrid App and answer the question, "What are the five most important features of your groups design?"