I heard a new word yesterday – thunk. Perhaps its been around for a long time, but I have never heard it before. I was doing some supply teaching, and one of the lessons that the class of 7 and 8 year olds had was ‘Thunking’ – a topic they love. They have this 15 minute lesson twice a week where they are asked a simple question which encourages them to think about things carefully, in a way they might not have thought of before. In addition to improving thinking skills, it also encourages explaining yourself clearly, justifying your opinion and listening to the views of others.
Yesterday’s thunk was ‘If I took the body off a car would it still be a car? What if I took out the engine?‘ The answers were very varied, and interesting (some children are clearly not sure quite how a car works!), but my favourite was that yes, it would still be a car if you took the body off because it would just be like taking the car’s clothes off and underneath it was naked. 🙂
Here are some other thunks to get you thinking …
What colour is Tuesday?
If elephants ruled the world, what changes would you see?
Can you drink a sandwich?
If we borrow every single book from a library, is it still a library?
What colour would a zebra be if it lost all its stripes?