- Begin the lesson by asking the children what “imagination” means.
- Ask the kids to find their own creative space by making a bubble around themselves with their arms.
- Ask the children to close their eyes and to imagine different colors, sounds, textures, smells, etc. You may want to write a list which may include such prompts as “blue”, “raindrops”, “onions”, “sandy” or “slimy” in advance.
- Play some soft music in the background if you wish.
- Ask the kids to glue their feet to the ground. (Make an ordeal of inspecting each child to ensure feet are properly glues. They like this.)
- Ask the children to sway in one spot like a tree in the wind until the music stops. Each time you stop the music, ask the children to pull a new object from the sky, such as a head of lettuce or a big sun. The possibilities are endless: a star, a UFO, the kitchen sink, a running shoe, an imaginary friend.
- Encourage the kids to describe their objects after they have pulled them from the sky. For example: What does your big sun look like? Feel like? Record their answers.
- Encourage the kids to close up their bubble for the day and return to the circle. Read a few poems.
- Begin a conversation about what “imagination” means with questions like these: What do we use our imaginations for? Do we like our imaginations? Why? Why not?
- If you were a butterfly and could fly anywhere in the world, where would you fly?
- If you could build a spaceship what would you build it with? How many bumbles can you fit between your knees?
- What does the grass smell like after it rains?
- If you could bring all of your imaginary friends a new planet, what would you call your planet? What does it look like? Who’s there?
- Record the children’s’ responses on the flip chart and begin to make a poem using their thoughts. For example, “I can fit 100 bees/ between my knees/ I’ve got wasps between my sheets/ Ever seen a beet with feet?”
- Make copies of the new poems to put in the children’s’ chapbooks so they can take them home to share with their families. (See Lesson 5: My Very Own Chapbook of Poems.)
to encourage children to use their imaginations
flip chart, boom box, markers, tapes of soft music
Langston Hughes, Dennis Lee, Juan Felipe Herrera, Shel Silverstein