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Learners examine both sides of arguments surrounding given debates. They use the internet and other research to collect information to support their stand on the controversial issue. Students debate their chosen topic. This lesson plans lists 31 different debate topics which include, but are not limited to, war, vegetarians, income tax, military, cloning, global warming, space travel, suicide and more.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read three clues to figure out which of three pictures of geometric shapes is the correct one. Students draw an X on each shape that doesn't fit the clues. Students circle the correct shape. This page would need to be duplicated in color.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read 3 clues to determine which fruit (from four choices) is the correct one. Students draw an X on each fruit that does not fit the clues and circle the correct fruit. The clues refer to the color of the fruit, so this page would need to be duplicated in color.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read a description about the kind of pet a girl wants. From three choices, students circle the picture of the pet that best fits the description.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read a paragraph that describes the travel needs of a man who needs to get to a building on top of a mountain. From 3 picture choices, students circle the vehicle that is the right one to fit the situation.
Discuss your class' vision of the future. Learners create materials for use in a time capsule. They write letters to explain their contribution and provide photos.  Afterwards, they use higher-level thinking skills to reflect on why they wrote what they did, and share their findings.

Thinking Skills

1st - 2nd
In this thinking skills instructional activity, students read the clues to determine which vehicle is matches the clue. Students draw an X on each vehicle that doesn't match the clues. Students circle the correct vehicle.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students read 3 clues to determine which number (from four choices) is the correct one. Students draw an X on each number that does not fit the clues and circle the correct number. Note: The directions tell students to choose the correct shape, but these are numbers.
Creating learning centers with artifact-related activities are a great way to promote deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Students work in groups of two to develop questions and sample answers that are relevant, accurate and use higher level of thinking skills about a literary unit. Students present their questions and answers to the class as a review of the unit.
Students develop critical thinking skills while exploring new ideas about success, discuss people they consider to be successful, and identify how they measure or define their own personal success.
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Students fill in the KWL chart, indicating what they already comprehend about curanderismo. They are divided into groups of four or five. Students read a section the selected text. Each group appoints a recorder and a reporter-one students to write a synopsis of reading and another to report to the entire class their summation.
In this logic worksheet, students read a description of what kind of game a boy wants to play outside. From three picture choices, students circle the kind of ball that is the right one to fit his needs.
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use maps, research, and discussion to complete this fun and engaging task.
Explore the world of fairy tales using this instructional activity focusing on higher- order thinking skills. Learners compare and contrast an Asian Cinderella story to other versions. It is a great way to review the characteristics of the genre and make sure that your class engage in critical-thinking activities.
Embrace the Common Core standards and experience an exciting transformation of learning in your mathematics classroom.

String Cells

9th - 12th
Use this resource to have your class learn about the cell. This resource walks learners through the construction of a model of a cell. This project is completed in a cooperative learning group, and  reinforces the higher-order thinking skill of analogy building.
Students read books by the author Keiko Kasza and complete critical thinking skills, and connections to different subjects. In this language lesson plan, students connect the books to language arts, social studies, science, math, health, and more.
Budgeting is a necessary skill. Have your learners use this resource to create and follow a $1,000 budget for Christmas shopping. They complete problems involving subtraction, multiplication, and addition of decimals, and use higher-level thinking skills to interpret their answers for word problems.