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By: Michelle Korenfeld
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World -
Teaching English PBL lesson plans for a whole year
by the 5 E's method:
Explore - Introduce learning by stories, poems and art.
Experience - "Play" with the new information by nurturing creative conversations. Invite coloring of the book's drawings to incubate ideas.
Ignite writing and drawing by surprising prompts becoming coauthors.
Examine - Check the ideas the students drew on.
Elevate - Recommend how to develop them into original educational products.
Express - Acknowledge ingenuity as students present their products,
and continue to learn from each other.
Social emotional learning by the stories, poems, art and creative questions
of Creative Children Like the Animals of the World:
Stories and Poems
My Uncle Angel – What is nature. Openness. Imagination.
Cute and Cuter – Butterfly life cycle. Cooperative behavior. Being brothers and sisters is more than being friends. We sometime take it for granted.
If I were a Butterfly – Maybe in my imagination I can be a… Growth mindset.
Secret Friendship – Perspective taking, seeing the broad picture.
The Dawn of a Smile at the Heights – Reaching higher. Prosocial behavior.
What Did You Think? I’m a Zebra Finch! – Emotion and behavior regulation. Purpose. Self-esteem. Constructive behavior.
Such a Heart – Empathy and loyalty like man’s best friend, the dog.
A Smile for Only You – Playfulness, independence and loyalty like the cat.
Honey: The Bee Who Wanted to Fly – The bee must learn all the tasks of the hive before fulfilling its purpose as a forager. Behavior regulation. Optimism.
The Glow of a Morning Stroll – Meeting an ant that prepares for winter. Planning, self-efficacy and self-directness.
An Eye at the Tip of a Feather – Showing our true beautiful colors like the peacock confidently displays his tail feathers.
The Chubby Cub and the Child of Courage – Native American story about care, leadership, and values (the child). Enthusiasm and support (the bear).
In the Shade of an Old Tree – Emotion and behavior regulation. Perspective taking. Cooperation instead of competition.
Sensational Senses – Discovering the senses. Cognitive flexibility.
It’s All about Eyes –Survival strategies (the butterfly) and behavior regulation.
Why Do Trees Need Birds? – collaboration. Win-win situations.
Coloring the Parrots in Red and Green? – Playful experience with colors.
Lots of Brains in Little Heads – Small parrots–much intelligence. Not judging by looks.
What Stories Do Colors Tell? Do people make things harder on themselves in order to convey social messages?
A Domesticated Mouse? – Dogs are responsive to social cues. Cats protect their territory. Mice adapt to new situations. What can we learn from each?
The Bee Nest: Not a Place to Rest – Time to grow and time to glow. Motivation to become better students toward potential fulfillment in the future.
A Rainbow of Colors – The spectrum of colors visible to humans. Ultraviolet and infrared. Building up motivation to learn science. Cognitive flexibility.
A Rainbow of More than Seven Colors? The primary colors in art and the primary colors of light.
How does the butterfly see the rainbow? Openness. Curiosity. Imagination.
Symmetry: It’s Not Only a Matter of Beauty –Do people prefer symmetrical faces? Would it affect how they perceive the person?
Nature’s Wise Fair Share – Mother nature likes her creatures diverse. There’s room for everybody.
Letter to children – Connect to nature = connect to inner strengths. Grow to be creative children of the world. Values. Purpose.
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Inspirational delightful guidebook offering lesson plans for early childhood, primary and secondary education like: energy and the greenhouse effect.
In her unique conversational tone Michelle weaves STEAM, PBL and social-emotional learning, by the 5 E's method.
Be inspired by Michelle's art to become the confident educator today's brighter than ever kids need. Embrace care and empathy as keys to building resilience and a growth mindset.
Ignite a butterfly effect with lesson plans making children curious about science without them noticing.
The kids become coauthors and
co-illustrators in The Raising Creative Thinkers Series.
Ignited by the poems, stories, paintings and interesting facts, they write and draw their own ideas. More in this series: Birds; Dogs and Cats; Mother Nature.
This series is designed to be short, simple and catchy.
If you wish for one book including of all the series' materials, check out Creative Children Like the Animals of the World.
Better classroom management and student motivation can be gained by personalized development plans.
This books guides you through the process of identifying the children's individual potentials - their gifts - and outlining how to fulfill them.
Inspirational stories, poems, paintings and coloring pages ignite you to become this kind of educator in-class by distance education.
This book helps build-up communication and conflict management skills, supporting a safe and caring online or in-class classroom environment.
What are the secret keys for such creative problem-solving?
Ignite children to embrace persistence and mindfulness inspired by the beloved king of the birds, in this fun educational social-emotional learning book.
Promote proactive behavior with curious delight by this original social emotional learning book.
Build self-confidence and establish a safe environment for better classroom management.
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See what the experts are saying
Michelle collates many imperatives and clarion calls for the value of teaching children to be creative. Her organization of the practices: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express are nicely laid out sequentially but can stand alone as in their own right as a way to foster creativity. This is an easy read with an important message with an even greater potential impact--Raising Creative Thinkers!
(Review of Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook)
CEF - Creative Education Foundation
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Your books were very helpful because they not only include science/nature, art and social emotional learning but they are designed in a way that provide opportunities for deep discussion and learning...
Again, thank you
for such excellent tools!
Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez
Specialist in Educational Leadership and Effective Character Education
Founder, CEO and President
Achievement Heights Academy
The qualities of critical and creative thinking, knowledge acquisition, appreciation of nature are evident throughout the book and will enlist the learning response of all readers-teachers, parents, children.
(Review of Creative Children Like the Animals of the World)
Joan F. Smutny
Founder and Director of The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity
Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator, Amazon author, 21st learning curriculum developer, facilitator, painter and poet. Educators use her academy training, tools and materials to raise creative thinkers, and find out they have raised themselves as such.
Michelle's strategy sums up into 5 E's. These are 5 core practices: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express. The 5 E's method simplifies the shift to distance learning and helps manage change in education.
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World is an inspirational social emotional learning STEAM resource for elementary students that sums up Michelle Korenfeld’s teaching at The Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Creativity and Excellence.
The Pillars of Leadership program was co-developed with Dr. Friedler, a lifelong teacher trainer. The creative program provides stimulating lesson plans to make leadership education possible for elementary students. Engaging activities and stories foster much-needed social-emotional skills.
Michelle's useful resources and lesson plans are also based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.
Michelle believes much of children's anxiety derives from stifled creativity, and hopes her resources help direct students toward fulfillment of individual creative potentials. She believes all children today are bright with unexpressed thinking, and that creative teaching strategies practiced for years in gifted education should be implemented for the education of all children.
Michelle's useful tools are based on her life research and on raising her daughters. Already teenagers, they still teach her creative thinking lessons every day.
"...after reading your posts,
I see ways I might improve the learning environment in my classroom for all students. Thank you"
Teacher at Jefferson County Public Schools
"Michelle, your work really rocks all the right boats and sails folks into awesome seas of creativity and learning."
Ellen Weber PhD
Director at MITA International Brain Based Center and Owner, MITA International Brain Center.