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Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It
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Lesson
  • Before Teaching
    • Read the Big Ideas and Key Understandings and the Synopsis below. Please do not read these to the students. They provide a description for teachers about the Big Ideas and Key Understandings that students should take away after completing this task.

  • Big Ideas and Key Understandings
    • You have to be creative in order to solve problems.

  • Synopsis
    • Most kids collect something. Prudy collects everything! Rocks, stamps, foil, worn out toothbrushes, pretty paper napkins, tufts of hair from different breeds of dogs -- everything! Unlike her peers who maintain one or two selective collections, she hoards everything under the sun. As one might expect, things ultimately get out of control, trying even the patience of her tolerant parents. When she finds a silver gum wrapper on the ground, Prudy must add it to her shiny-things collection immediately. It turns out to be the catalyst for an explosion that rocks her crammed room and blows her treasures all over the globe. Even Prudy has to acknowledge that perhaps she does have a problem; she regroups, does some research, and comes up with a wildly inventive solution: the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment. Prudy has an inspired way of solving her problem.

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