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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.
Students 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.
In this flexibility learning exercise, students read a paragraph about a soda can that exploded in a car. They choose from a list of options the possibilities for the can exploding. They practice using flexible thinking skills.
Students practice mathematical concepts and use problem solving. They manipulate food items and solve problems. Students use critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies as they solve problems.
Students practice basic addition and subtration facts to twelve and use thinking skills to win at tick tack toe.
Learners 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 can build upon their basic math skills and become higher order thinkers when we encourage the following principles.
Elementary schoolers explore states of matter by concentrating on the ways in which water moves between its solid, liquid, and gaseous states in a variety of Earth environments. Learners interpret these movements through dance. The combination of movement and Earth science is most-unique! Five excellent website resources are embedded in the plan.
Students are introduced to the genre of detective fiction. Based on their reading level, they are given a different series of books to read. For each story, they are to make predictions and practice decoding messages. To end the lesson, they discuss the reasons why the character committed the crime.
Students explore the elements of film to analyze character, action, and the themes in the movie, "Quiz Show." The lesson encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view the movie, critically.
For 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.
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.
High schoolers examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public. To end the lesson, they read articles from veterns who suffer from the disease.
Students develop debating and analytical thinking skills. They take a position in the Back-to-Africa discussion, based upon any readings and the two opposing essays they read. In groups, they discuss an issue from two different points of view. To end the lesson, they write an essay from the point of view of non-slaved or enslaved African.
Students develop opinions from a variety of materials, recognize and analyze bias, propaganda and stereotypes, and evaluate effectiveness of print advertisements.
Here is a good instructional activity which has learners solve addition and subtraction problems. In this computation instructional activity, problems are solved, then a sentence or word story about the problem is written.
Third graders are introduced to the way objects react when a force is acted upon it. Through scientific investigation, they predict and test what happens when a various objects are acted upon by different forces. They record their data using a graph and discuss their results.
Sixth graders explore the art of asking questions. In this interviewing skills lesson plan, 6th graders design questions that might have been asked by a world leader of 1 era to a world leader of another era. Students compose questions and answers that are plausible.
Fourth graders write and respond to sayings throughout the school year. They define the idioms, illustrate them and compare their meanings with other groups in the class.