Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Sometimes some of the most well-known and beloved ideas come from the combination of two other ideas. Take for example the “spork” - the beloved (at least from our perspective) combination of a fork and a spoon. Or rollerblades - the combination of roller skates with an ice skate form factor. Combin-ide-ation forces students to look at what new ideas can be developed by mashing up two or more ideas that they have already identified.
Combin-ide-ation Protocol Instructions
Students brainstormed nearly 300 ideas, and had to begin the process of narrowing down their list. They began in table groups, combining ideas into similar categories. We then shared out the categories full group, creating a list of our top ideas. Going back to the driving question helped us narrow things even more, and we landed on five main ideas.
“I was worried about how this would go, but the kids were amazing. They made connections, and naturally found ways to combine ideas as well.”
“It was really fun hearing all of the ideas, thinking about them, and then narrowing them down into our list.”
Meet the Educator:
Carrie Johnson is a fifth grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary in the West Ottawa School District for the past 24 years.
"I love connecting real-world situations and experiences with our learning in the classroom. Working through the Creative Sequence allows every student to participate and shine, and prepares them for future learning and careers."