Examples of Implementation

Here are some examples of Incubation Model lesson plans that teachers have incorporated in the past.

High School
Topic: Lord of the Flies
Content Goal: Introduce the Novel
Creativity Goal: Conceptualize alternatives to the novel

Before beginning the novel, show the beginning scene from the movie version of Lord of the Flies, up until the point where the boys crash onto the island. After watching that scene, brainstorm as a class a list of problems that the boys may encounter on the island. Then divide up the class into small groups and have them prioritize the list from the most to the least immediate problems. Then the groups should devise a list of solutions for the most important problem. After the groups are done discussing, have each group share what they consider their most immediate problem, why they chose it, what criteria they based their decision on, and how they would try to solve the problem.

Topic: Colors
Content Goal: Association of Colors with Objects and Feelings
Creativity Goal: Emotions

First, ask the students if they understand what it means to be "green with envy", "white with fear", "red with anger", etc. Then begin discussing the ideas of associating color with feelings. Then ask the children to give examples of situations where people might feel like one of the examples given. Afterwards, read with the class the book Green Eggs and Ham. During the read, ask the students how they would feel about eating green eggs and ham. Let the students give examples of other colors we find in our food. Ask the students to also give examples of vegetables that aren't the color green, and list them on the board. After the book is complete, tell the students that the class will be making blue vegetable soup, without the typical green vegetables. Pull out the non-green vegetables and make the soup in class. Then add blue food coloring, and show the students the now blue soup. Prepare several small bowls of the blue soup and then ask if there are any brave students to try this new soup. Afterwards, reflect with the students their feelings about the blue soup, and their hesitations about trying it because of the color.

Middle School
Topic: The Human Skeletal System
Content Goal: Familiarize students with the basic structural form of the human skeleton
Creativity Goal: Stimulate students to combine and synthesize materials and ideas

At the beginning of the lesson, give each student an outline of the human body. Ask them to diagram what they think the skeleton looks like. Then review with the students the major bones in the human body. Divide the class into small groups and give each group a disassembled skeleton. Ask the groups to re-assemble the bones so that they form a human skeleton. When they are complete, reshuffle the bones and ask each group to make up an imaginary animal, using the bones. Afterwards, the groups will share with the class their new animal, describing how it moves and functions based on the skeleton shape. When the groups have finished sharing, then show the entire class skeletons of various animals, such as dogs, cats, bats, rabbits, or lizards. Ask the class to identify what animals they are. Then ask them to diagram a skeleton of a centaur.