Beat the Test.

April 18, 2007

Three-Minute Brainstorming

Filed under: Uncategorized — beatthetest @ 1:05 am

The ability to brainstorm quickly is a very important skill on the iBT TOEFL. I use the following activity in class to help improve students’ creative planning abilities.

How many different and unusual ways can you use each of these items?

  • an empty toilet paper roll
  • a brick
  • a paperclip
  • a soccer ball
  • an empty Coke bottle
  • a penny
  • an elastic band
  • a newspaper
  • a bucket of water
  • a towel
  • a shoelace
  • a toothpick
  • a rock
  • a tire
  • a paper bag
  • Brainstorming ability
    0-4 Poor
    5-8 Needs improvement
    9-12 Satisfactory
    13-16 Good
    17-20 Very strong
    More than 20 Exceptional!
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