Step One: Arrange the children in a circle on the floor.
Step Two: Have each student think of a great idea. For example: starting a new game at recess; planning a birthday party, playing fairly with your brother.
Step Three: Choose one student to start. This student tells the person on his/her right a great idea. The student to the right must respond with, “That’s a great idea because…” For example, the dialogue could go like this:
Student #1: “It would be a great idea to start a new game at recess.”
Student #2: “That a great idea because games are really fun. I think playing nicely with my sister is fun.”
Student #3: “That’s a great idea because you are including your sister. I think eating plain macaroni is yummy.”
Step Four: After each student has had a turn, ask them which was easier, thinking of an idea or coming up with a reason why something else was a great idea.
Students have the opportunity to listen, share, create, and be recognized as good thinkers.