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St. Patrick’s Day S.C.A.M.P.E.R.

One of the creative thinking tools that my students learn is S.C.A.M.P.E.R.  It is an acronym to help people to remember different ways inventive ideas can happen:  Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to Another Use, and Rearrange.  It was originally developed by a man named Roger Eberle.  Here is a link to a post I did about S.C.A.M.P.E.R.  in December.

I am currently offering my S.C.A.M.P.E.R. St. Patrick’s Day packet for $2.00  on Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can download it here.  I also have several other S.C.A.M.P.E.R. packets for sale (Easter, Spring, and Pool Party).  Below are some examples from my classes of creative thinking from the St. Patrick’s Day packet. If you would like to see some more examples of class work, here is a link to our class blog. (It would really tickle the students if you commented on their work!)

(If you are looking for another fun St. Patrick’s Day activity, you might want to take a look at my “Leprechaun Traps and Other Shenanigans” post.  Since my Kinders are currently studying “Inventor Thinking”, they are going to be inventing leprechaun traps this Friday with recyclable materials.  I’ll share some of their results next week!  Also, here is a great collection of St. Patrick’s Day links from Technology Rocks. Seriously.)

In this examples, the students had to adapt a classroom to fit the needs of leprechauns.  Take a close look at the subjects they will be learning that day:  Four Leaf Clovers, Leap Year, and How to Find a Pot of Gold.
In this example, the students had to adapt a classroom to fit the needs of leprechauns. Take a close look at the subjects they will be learning that day: Four Leaf Clovers, Leap Year, and How to Find a Pot of Gold.
This student substituted a monster for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  He explained that the monster was guarding a cave that led to a treasure.
This student substituted a monster for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He explained that the monster was guarding a cave that led to a treasure.
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Trap a Leprechaun

Our next holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, is right around the corner.  I was looking for some creative ideas for that theme, and came across a fun concept – trying to trap a leprechaun.  If you teach students in higher grades, you could really get into some math and physics with this challenge.  Pretend there is a leprechaun hiding in your classroom, and see if the students can deduce from clues (footprints in the soil of a plant, for example) his approximate height and weight.  Or, just bring a bunch of supplies to class and see who could build the most clever trap.  This would spark some great writing activities, as well.  Here are a few links to spark your imagination:  To Catch a Leprechaun, Leprechaun Traps, Leprechaun Trap Cake.  And, if you are interested in some more creative thinking activities for next month, you can also download my March S.C.A.M.P.E.R. packet here.