Our 3rd graders are learning about persuasive writing; more specifically how to write persuasive speeches. Monday's lesson was on "finding places to make change." Our task was to observe our school by "looking for problems and imagining solutions."
The we (tangent started by the students) took a short sidestep and wondered "what if we had special glasses that helped us find problems?" This was my opportunity to grab the "box of randomness" and let their creative juices flow.
We then went on a discovery walk around the school and looked for problems. This moment of making helped connect them more deeply with the lesson. As a side benefit, our making led to the idea of making glasses to identify problems and a button on them that allowed you to see some possible solutions.