I Have an Idea What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada is a must read that I used with my third graders. Its black and white text and images burst into vibrant colors when the main character just can’t keeps the idea down. Not knowing what was created, the protagonist doesn’t know, “‘What do you do with an idea?’” After feeling comfortable with it around, it just won’t go away. Eventually a space place and encouragement, grows the idea with imagination, amazement and perseverance. This is the perfect message I want for my students to receive about themselves and my classroom.
I will start by sharing the trailer. Discuss some ideas they had and what happened.
Share Yamada’s story and discuss the character’s traits.
Provide students the opportunity to jotting their own ideas on paper. We will use this worksheet – I have an Idea and color it in. In addition, I plan to take photos of their “eyes” and display on a bulletin board with their I Have an Idea” heads. Here is an image from Pinterest that inspired me.