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  1. THINK QUICKER Fun Brainstorming and Vocabulary-triggering Activities Student Support Services (SSS) participants Troy University; Troy, AL 36082

  2. What is “Brainstorming?” • “Creative thinking.” • “an effective way to generate lots of ideas on a specific issue and then determine which idea – or ideas – is the best solution.” (Source: http://www.jpb.com/creative/brainstorming.php)

  3. What is “vocabulary”? According to answers.com, vocabulary is: • “Words of a Language” • A collection of words • “A repertoire [stock or supply]” that supports meaningful communication”

  4. Link between brainstorming and vocabulary? You must have a vocabulary to brainstorm and express your creative thoughts.

  5. Why Brainstorm? • To come up with writing ideas • To come up with speech ideas • To learn to use appropriate vocabulary to express your creative imagination • To keep the brain/mind agile and engaged. The brain is a muscle that can atrophy (lose its strength) as can any muscle that is not conditioned or used regularly.

  6. Activity 1: Vocabulary Exercise Create “Anagrams” – “a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “angel” is an anagram of “glean.” (Source: dictionary.com) Go to next slide for activity 1.

  7. Vocabulary warm-up Activity 1 On a sheet of paper, create “ANAGRAMS” using the letters of the word below. Use at least three (3) letters per word. S T U D E N T When you have created as many words as you can, click for a list of suggestions. Look up definitions to words not in your vocabulary. STENT STUN SENT EDEN USE DUNT TUNE TEST NEST TEND SUE STUD NET TENTS SEND DUET STUNT TEN SUD END SUN DUST NUT TUNES USED SUET

  8. Vocabulary warm-up Activity 1 On a sheet of paper, create “ANAGRAMS” using the letters of the word below. Use at least three (3) letters per word. S U P P O R T When you have created as many words as you can, click for a list of suggestions. Look up meanings to words not in your vocabulary. POP RUST PORT UPS PUS TOP SPUR POT PORTS ROT OPT SPUR SORT PUP SOUR POUR OPUS PUP PUP STOPS SPOT ROT POUR UROS

  9. Vocabulary warm-up Activity 1 On a sheet of paper, create “ANAGRAMS” using the letters of the word below. Use at least three (3) letters per word. S E R V I C E S When you have created as many words as you can, click for a list of suggestions. Define words not in your vocabulary. ICE VICE VICES RICE SERVE CRESS CRIES EVE EVES SEER SIR SIRE VERSE VERSES VIE SERVICE SIC SERVES IREERE

  10. Activity 2: Brainstorming/Quick Thinking/ Vocabulary Game Scattergories RULES of PLAY copied verbatim from scattergories.net: Scattergories is a word game of categories that can be played with 2-6 players that are pitched against a timer. The objective of the game is to score the most points by correctly naming the object in each category beginning with a given initial. The game is played in three rounds, after which a winner is declared. Scattergories is suggested for ages 12 and upwards. TO play online, click here: http://www.scattergories.net/more.html or http://www.hasbro.com/games/swf/scattergories_demo3.swf

  11. Activity 3: Vocabulary Games Play HANGMAN (A word Game) • Click on this link: http://games.aarp.org/games/hangman/hangman.aspx • Click ready and try to guess the word before you run out of time.

  12. Activity 4: Brainstorming • List as many uses as you can you think of for the pictured item. THINK ABOUT IT. • When you are done, click for a list of suggestions. • Did you come up with similar ones? Make-shift table Ballot box Art canvas Pet bed Storage Fire Kindling

  13. Activity 4: Brainstorming • List as many uses as you can you think of for the pictured item. THINK ABOUT IT. • When you are done, click for a list of suggestions. • Did you come up with similar ones? Gift wrap Hair accessory Art project Party decorations Clothes trim Shoe laces Book mark Use the spools for Jewelry/accessory making Drawer pulls