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Student Handout - Activity 1
Before you start researching a topic it is important to open your mind to new ideas. Many of Canada's early settlement groups faced a lot of new challenges and used creative thinking to help them survive. Try the creative tasks below.
coming up with lots of ideas
Put yourself back in time. You are going to a new land and starting a new settlement. Make a list of all of the things a settlement needs to be successful.
changing or organizing ideas
Place the settlement needs into categories. For example:
seeking the unusual
You want everyone to be happy and content in your new settlement. Come up with a plan to make this happen.
Look at your plan for happiness more closely. Write a PMI (Pluses, Minuses, Interesting ideas) to see if your plan is a good one.
experimenting with new ideas
Some early settlement groups didn't think about what their actions would do to the environment. What will you do to make sure your new settlement doesn't make this mistake?
looking at situations logically
Plan ahead. Think of at least five challenges your new settlement might encounter. Come up with an action plan for dealing with each.
wondering about the options
What would your role be in this new settlement? Why?
reaching beyond the limits of the practical
Imagine that you could go beyond the possible. What would you create or do to improve the early experiences of your settlement group?
In the box at the end of each line enter the number that best describes your work on this activity.
Fluency: I/We came up with a lot of ideas.
Flexibility: I/We organized the settlement needs into categories.
Originality: My/Our ideas were creative and different from the usual ideas.
Elaboration: I/We thought through the ideas and added lots of detail.
Risk Taking: I/We tried out new ideas.
Complexity: I/We came up with good challenges and good action plans for dealing with the challenges.
Curiosity: I/We considered a lot of different options during this activity.
Imagination: I /We came up with neat ideas that might not be practical but they would be interesting and fun.