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March Brainwork
Teaching the answers without first raising the questions takes most of the meaning out of learning.” Francis Slater, London School of Education






March is “National Noodle Month”. Use your “noodle” and list ways you can improve your study habits.

Would you rather be an explorer or an inventor? Why? Choose one and create a PMI chart.

The first week of March is “Return the Borrowed Books Week”. Do you agree with the quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”?

According to the old joke, the chicken crossed the road to get to the other side. What do you think was the real reason the chicken crossed the road?

In the Roman calendar, March, named after Mars the god of war, was the first month of the year. March forth into March by listing at least 4 things you plan to accomplish this month.

March 7, 1933 – “birthday” of the game Monopoly. Other “opoly” games have been created, such as “Washingtonopoly”. Create an “opoly” game to tie into a topic you are studying in social studies.

The second week in March is “Autograph Collecting Week”. Why will people be collecting your autograph 20 years from now?

March is “National Peanut Butter Month”. Peanut butter was developed in 1890 as a health food by a St. Louis physician. Would you rather be the peanut butter or the jelly on the sandwich? Why?

One of the Seven Dwarfs goes to visit the leprechaun who lives at the end of the rainbow. What do they talk about? Write their conversation.

Which letter of the alphabet do you think is the loudest? Why? How would you convince that letter to be quiet?

March 14 is “Save a Spider Day”. Some people hate spiders, but many are helpful to humans. Create a “Save the Spiders” public awareness ad to educate people about spiders.

Point of View

Draw a “spider’s-eye” picture of your classroom from the point of view of that spider in its web up in the corner of the room.

One of the Seven Dwarfs goes to visit the leprechaun who lives at the end of the rainbow. What do they talk about? Create a cartoon about their meeting.

March 17, 1845 – first patent issued to Stephen Perry for rubber bands. Make a list of uses for a rubber band. Remember the characteristics of creative thinking – fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration.

Creating Analogies

Spring arrives on March 20!

In what ways is thinking like the first flower of spring?

On a visit to a kite factory, Juanita noticed that the kites were made in the following order:

dragon, box, bat, fish, tiger, turkey.

What design will the 77th kite be? The 125th? The 842nd?

Plastic cups - $1.74 for 50

Plastic cutlery – 99¢ for 50

Paper plates - $2.49 for 24

Paper napkins - $1.24 for 20

What’s the total cost for a party with 150 guests?

What color is:







March 24, 1874 – birthday of magician Harry Houdini. Think of a time that was “magical” to you. Write and/or draw about it. Include details so that someone reading or looking at it will feel the “magic”, too.

March 26 is “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day”. What will you celebrate? Give at least 5 thoughtful reasons why your holiday should be added to the calendar.

Jim is 2 years older than 3 times his little brother Tommy. Together their ages add up to 18. How old is each?

Hello Kitty glitter stickers cost $9.00 per unit. A unit consists of 15 bags, each of which contains 12 stickers. What is the cost of each individual sticker?

On March 30, 1858, Hyman Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an eraser on top held by a metal band. Which thinks it is superior – a “regular” pencil or a mechanical pencil? How would one convince the other it’s the better pencil?

In March 1872 Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was created. Should tax dollars be used by the government to create and support national parks? Write a persuasive paragraph for or against.

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. When it is better to be a lion? When is it better to be a lamb?

Unusual “M” words: marmoreal – mendacity – misoneism – morigeration - mansuetude

Compiled by K. Silberberg, AART Compliments of Mary McLaren-Wood, AART

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