Monday, March 29, 2021

Storydice, Inkblots & More to Get Students' Minds Churning

 Do you want to spur on your students' creativity?

Several tools under the Resources tab at Dave Birss' site can help you do just that.

Storydice (5 or 9 dice versions) can be rolled to generate elements that can be blended into an original story.  Alternatively, the dice roll could be used to help students stretch their thinking to process information through a discussion or writing.  For example, how could they use figurative and literal language to share what they know about Prohibition using the roll shown in the image below?

You could also provide variants such as the students choosing three of the five dice to use in their discussion or writing.  Using the Storydice requires the students to think creatively, providing an opportunity to help cement their understanding and perhaps, even, to have a little bit of fun.

This post by John Meehan further illustrates how you might use Storydice.

Other resources on Briss' site  (Writing Ideas, Inkblot Test, Drawing Prompts, Brain Swap, and Creativity Exercise) can be used similarly.

You may also find some of these tools could be suitable for warm up activities that could be done briefly with a quick share out at the start of a class.

If you use any of these resources with your students, let your FPS DLI team know.  We'd love to hear about it.

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