This is a series of classroom activities designed to improve communication while developing creative thinking.
Creative thinking techniques encourage students to think in new and interesting ways to solve problems and address a variety of situations. These creative thinking techniques can help your learners find new ways in which to use or review language.
This activity uses the Lotus Blossom Approach. This Approach has been adapted for the use by EFL/ESL learners, and my also work well to inspire creative conversations in the general classroom.
The approach used in this lesson is called the Lotus Blossom Approach. The Lotus Blossom Approach asks the thinker to begin with a single idea and then to branch out from that idea by adding more and more elements. This is accomplished in the classroom with the use of materials like post-it notes. If you do not have post-it you can reproduce the effect by using color squares of paper and tape.
Included here is an overview of how to use Lotus Blossom. The topic for this worksheet will allow learners to discuss problems in the environment, how they are caused and what individual people can do to help.
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Sample with complete lesson plan designed to supplement the worksheet as a reference: