Doodle 4 Google Canada



Doodle for Education:

These activity kits will inspire students to express their creativity through a doodle. Students will be encouraged to explore the world around them, consider what the future could be like, and even learn how to code a doodle with a special lesson plan and game.

To help teachers or organization leaders pick the best activity for their students, the kits are broken up into four grade groups along with a special Coding a Doodle lesson plan. Parents can try these at home, too.

Lesson Plans

The “Look Fors” in Highly Able Children


Gifted Observation Checklist

1-Not Observed, 2-Occasionally Observed, 3-Frequently Observed, 4-Consistently Observed
Processes new information quickly
Displays a broad range of knowledge
Understands concepts beyond their age level
Demonstrates strong reasoning skills
Perseveres when faced with challenging tasks
Works independently and with focus
Completes tasks in a thorough and thoughtful way
Asks probing questions (inquisitive)
Shares comments which demonstrate insight
Generates imaginative/unique ideas/solutions
Adapts, improves, extends, modifies ideas

New Year’s Ideas

1. New Year Mascot / Symbol

babynewyearHistorically, the Baby New Year is the mascot or symbol of the start of a new year. Perhaps it is time for a new idea, perhaps even an animal that represents the idea of newness and rebirth. Create our new visual symbol and be ready to defend your choice.

2.     Wonky New Year’s Resolutions

Try creating new year’s resolutions for other people, animals, and even inanimate objects, such as:

  • Your teacher
  • Your pet/sibling/parent
  • A balloon
  • Your choice of animal
  • Justin Trudeau
  • A computer
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • What about students generating their own lists and swapping them?

Hinky Pinkies: vocab brain booster

e054e058c3c6168dda58d3b40929905cHere’s a brain booster that is also fun. Hink Pinks are word puzzles that use two-word clues to lead to a rhyming solution. Whether kids are solving the riddles or creating their own, they are expanding their vocabulary, practicing rhyming skills, and discovering just how much fun wordplay can be.

Hink Pinks are one syllable word answers that rhyme. Hinky Pinkies are two-syllable words that rhyme. For example, a stinky sandwich shop = smelly deli. Hinkety Pinketies……………well, you get the picture!

Try these:

Hink Pink

  1. A fresh haircut for 2017 ( new do )
  2. A phobia for 365 days ( year fear )

Hinky Pinky

  1. Non-transparent ice crystal ( opaque snowflake )
  2. Blizzard winds ( snowing blowing )


For more information, click here and for a free pdf of examples, click here.

Brainstorming Dos in the Classroom

Adapted from Dr. Roger Taylor



Brainstorm all of the _________________________________.

Brainstorm as many __________________ as you can think of.

How many ways can you come up with __________________?



This type of question asks for the generation of large number of responses and helps to develop fluent thinking. Maintain these basic rules to insure freedom of expression.

  1. No criticism of ideas (verbal or otherwise)
  2. Quantity over quality. The more the merrier.
  3. Get Creative! Strive for wild and far out ideas.
  4. Give it time. Maintain the process for long enough to produce a large quantity of ideas.

Use the quantity model beyond the first rush of ideas. Long periods of silence do not indicate that the thinking has stopped. The most productive ideas come after the initial burst, so allow enough time for the second burst of ideas, or third,…or more!

Sounds you hear when… Things made more beautiful by age Morning things
Words that begin with… Things that are lighter than a penny Sour things
Things that reflect Things that crumple in your hand Purple things
Things you like to touch Things that harmonize Mysterious things
Colour names Magnetic things Heavy things
Things that reflect Types of jobs Joyous things
Things your can’t see Things that are more beautiful at night Powerful words
Ways of travelling Things you say with your hands Dangerous words
Types of relationships Things you can communicate with your eyes only Feelings

Examples of Brainstorming questions in

Social Studies

  • Types of jobs
  • Ways of travelling
  • People in power
  • Voices not heard
  • Connections to the present
  • Ways life is different now


  • Types of reactions/interactions
  • Other uses of ___________
  • Similar to…
  • Ways to mess up an experiment
  • Types of bias
  • How life would be different if


  • Connections to self, school, other literary works, the world
  • Similar settings
  • Other places the story could take place
  • Different endings to
  • Lessons learned