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Introduction: Lesson plans and activities for teaching inventive thinking - adaptable for grades K-12
 
 More of this Lesson Plan
 Table of Contents and Introduction
 Next Chapter -
Introducing Inventive Thinking
Forms To Print Out And Use With Activities 
 Related Resources
 Benjamin Bloom's Model
 Calvin Taylor's Model - Talents Unlimited
 Creative Problem Solving Model - Scott Isaksen and Donald Treffinger
 Young Inventors - Inventing 101
 
Understanding Inventing - The who, what, when, how & why answers to how your ideas are protected.
 Other Lesson Plans
 Lesson Plans

By Mary Bellis adapted from materials written by the USPTO

Table of Content and Activities List: Activities and lesson plans were designed to be done in sequence.

  1. Introducing Inventive Thinking
  2. Practicing the Creative Part of Inventive Thinking
  3. Practicing Inventive Thinking with the Class
  4. Developing an Invention Idea
  5. Brainstorming for Creative Solutions
  6. Practicing the Critical Parts of Inventive Thinking
  7. Completing the Invention
  8. Naming the Invention
  9. Optional Marketing Activities
  10. Parent Involvement
  11. Young Inventors' Day
  12. Enrichment: Stories about Great Thinkers and Inventors
    Forms To Print Out And Use With Activities
    Appendix

Introduction
When a student is asked to "invent" a solution to a problem, the student must draw upon previous knowledge, skills, and experience. The student also recognizes areas where new learnings must be acquired in order to understand or address the problem. This information must then be applied, analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated. Through critical and creative thinking and problem-solving, ideas become reality as children create inventive solutions, illustrate their ideas, and make models of their inventions. The inventive thinking lesson plans provides children with opportunities to develop and practice higher-order thinking skills.

Throughout the years, many thinking skills models and programs have been generated from among America's finest educators, seeking to describe the essential elements of thinking and/or to develop a systematic approach to teaching thinking skills as part of the school curricula. Three such models/descriptions are illustrated in this introduction. Although each uses different terminology, each model describes similar elements of either critical or creative thinking, or both. A review of the models of Bloom, Taylor, and Isaksen, and Treffinger show how the inventive thinking lesson plans provides an opportunity for students to "experience" most of the elements described in these models.

Teachers can review the following models of creative thinking skills and then return to this page:

After you have reviewed these examples, you will see the critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills and talents that can be applied through the activity of inventing. The inventive thinking lesson plans that follows can be used across all disciplines and grade levels and with  all children. It can be integrated with all curricular areas and used as a means of applying the concepts or elements of any thinking skills program that may be in use. 

Children of all ages are talented and creative. This project will give them an opportunity to develop their creative potential and synthesize and apply knowledge and skills by creating an invention or innovation to solve a problem, just as a "real" inventor would.

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