While they were doing that, I drew a picture of a stick figure, puzzled, trying to figure out how to get an apple out of a tall tree (some of you could probably imagine what that'd look like).

I gave each group a sheet of paper and asked them to list as many different ways they could think to get the apple out of the tree. Be creative. There are no boundries.

After about 5mins, we discussed some of the solutions we came up with. We had the usual 'cut it down' right up to 'use the Force'.

I then told the class that I'm going to replace the imaginary tree with a digital tree and replace the apple with a starite. I loaded up Scribblenauts ( http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/scribblenauts-remix/… ) on the iPad and explained that I'd like each group to try and get the starite out of the tree using one of their solutions they came up with earlier, but you can not repeat a solution from a prior group.

We had a blast! The kids got really imaginative with their solutions. In one case, a group wanted to use rocket shoes, but the game wouldn't recognise rocket shoes. So we discussed the option of trying a different adjective. We went through so many different type of flying / bouncing shoes, but it just wouldn't work.

These are the solutions the groups came up with in the small time we had:
* dragon wings
* shotgun
* throwing knife
* trampoline
* lasso
* a throwing spear
* a charging bull
* mech
* crossbow
* fishing rod
* ridable chi (I had no idea what this was)
* chainsaw
* cannon
* cherry picker

The attached pictures are:
01 - The game screen with the tree, player (named Maxwell) and starite in the tree.
02 - Maxwell with his dragon wings.
03 - Maxwell in his mech.
04 - Maxwell on the ridable chi. « collapse

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