Brainstorming Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Instruct your students about the important technique of brainstorming with the help of this lesson plan. A text lesson defines terms and explains the process using several techniques in a guided-learning experience before students try independently.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'brainstorm'
  • explain the use and benefit of brainstorming
  • describe and use brainstorming techniques with guidance and independently


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Brainstorming

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Before class, create a center for the following brainstorming techniques: listing, mind mapping, free writing, and round-robin brainstorming.
  • Have students prepare to visit each station by stapling five pieces of paper together to make a mini-book.
  • Include pencils at teach station.


  • Pose the question:
    • Have you ever tried to come up with an idea for a story that you want to write or had a problem you couldn't solve?
  • Give students a few minutes to think about the question, then divide them into partners and have them share their experiences. Ask:
    • What techniques do you use when this happens to you?
  • Share as a whole class and tell about a time you had this happen to you.
  • Tell students they will be learning about brainstorming. Have them title the covers of their books 'Brainstorming.'

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