


1) Critical Thinking Exercises  these are problems where students must determine what they are truly being asked, and how they are expected to respond Forced Choice—students must make an abstract choice based on the characteristics of objects  View Sample Example: “Are you most like a sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic rock?” Abstract Questions—students are asked to answer questions that have no definite answer  View Sample Example: “The term ‘exciting calmness’ best describes what period of American history? Why?” What would happen if…?—students are asked to describe an alternate set of circumstances  View Sample Example: “What would happen if all novels were exactly 100 pages?” 



2) Creativity Drills  these are problems that can be approached from a number of different ways, and students must provide multiple responses Complete Paraphrase—students must restate a simple statement using new wording  View Sample Example: “A lion is a predator” becomes something like “A large cat with a mane eats other animals” How Many?—students are asked to come up with as many scenarios as possible that fit a set of criteria  View Sample Example: “Come up with as many multiplication problems as you can where the answer is 9.” SCAMPER (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another user, Eliminate, Reverse)  View Sample —students are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with original ideas for a concept Example: “Design a better mousetrap.” or “What would be a great alternative ending to your favorite book?” 



3) “Woodchuck Problems”  these are problems where students need to ask questions and seek out more information before they can provide a logical answer  View Sample Example: “How long does it take to fill the tank up with water?”
(Teachers will provide students with relevant and irrelevant information as they seek out details about the Woodchuck Problems. Sample talking points will be provided for the teachers for each problem.)
