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Learners develop critical thinking skills so that they may produce their own written plays or music from their thoughts and feelings. They express their thoughts based on what has been presented to them over the duration of the course.
Students explore proverbs and idioms. In this integrated arts lesson, students collaborate to analyze proverbs and idioms. Students discuss their findings.
Students develop problem solving skills in science. In this creative thinking lesson, students manipulate puzzles and formulate solutions. Students share their process with peers to see if they can complete a given puzzle using the same methods.
Have your young learners practice using higher-order thinking skills by engaging in this problem-solving activity. They work in cooperative groups to solve problems, and list ways to address a variety of challenges. They explain their thought process as they answer each question.
In this thinking skills worksheet, students draw a line connecting each blue figure without touching any other color. Students connect 4 figures.
Students focus on comprehension skills and higher-order thinking skills. They pursue ways to use their knowledge and inference skills.
Students examine point of view in real life and in fairy tales. In this point of view lesson, students discuss how people see things such as television shows from different points of view. They listen to two versions of The Story of the Three Little Pigs before writing another fairy tale from a different point of view.
Students use dance to better understand the writing process. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students use their critical thinking skills to connect dance with writing. Students use thinking maps to follow the writing process, write a family story, and then dance it out.
Students examine Africa from a regional perspective. They appreciate the historic and geographic relationships that unite and divide the regions of Africa. Students create a comprehensive document outlining problems in the assigned region. They employ critical thinking skills to suggest solutions for regional concerns.
Young scholars explore higher level thinking. They develop their critical thinking skills by answering open ended questions. Students work cooperatively and make and explain connections between texts and their personal lives. Young scholars use scoring rubrics for peer feedback and evaluations as well as self-reflections.
Students make predictions about the novel The Giver.  In this reading comprehension activity students read and discuss the title and cover of the novel.  Students will then complete a graphic organizer to structure their thoughts and engage in critical thinking skills.
Students explore the Chinese New Year through Scholastic News magazine. In this cultural awareness lesson plan, students use a thinking map to develop their critical thinking skills pertaining to the Chinese New Year. Students compose positive blessings and distribute them to their Kindergarten buddies as a way to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Long term book projects can help engage students and enhance their critical thinking skills .
Help your students internalize knowledge by creating activities that utilize higher level thinking skills.
Experiment with electric circuits and conductivity. Young scientists will model and discuss how an electric circuit works. First they will draw a model of the flow of electrons and then build an actual circuit. Finally, they will explain the circuit path and test the conductivity of a variety of materials. They use critical thinking skills to explore circuits and conductivity of materials. Be sure to check the materials list before planning for this activity.
Turn your 6th graders into detectives while growing their love of reading. Using critical thinking skills, they will be able to describe the five basic elements of detective fiction, read detective novels, make predictions, use the scientific method, and write their own detective story. This engaging activity includes all plans and questions.
By learning how to identify and understand social commentary students can flex their critical thinking skills.
Students complete a variety of daily enrichment puzzles designed to encourage critical thinking skills, while developing and reinforcing math and language arts skills.
Ninth graders locate original locations of Negro Leagues Baseball teams using latitude and longitude, calculate distances between locations using maps and/or Internet resources, and use critical thinking skills to compare and contrast travel over the past century.
Learners investigate dog breeds and write a short story from a dog's perspective. In this dog research and writing lesson, students watch the film, "Dog: The Early Years. They apply critical thinking skills to determine which type of dog would be best for them before writing a short story from a dog's perspective.