Randomness is a thinking strategy that tries to make sense of the unrelated. I have adapted this technique and call it “Thinking Outside of the Box”.
I write pairs of unrelated adjectives (descriptive words) on small slips of paper, place in a small box and select random students to draw out a pair for the day.
Students then draw in their thinking journal, sketchbook, on doodle pages, or in margins of paper their ideas on how the two are related. For example, the pair “happy and scary” produced an image of a mummy enjoying himself at the carnival and Frankenstein riding a merry-go-round. Sticky and furry produced a mouse in glue, a bear drinking honey from a beehive and a Velcro fastener on a model’s fur coat. Ask upper grade students to write adjectives on small slips of paper and add them to these words in your box.