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Thinking Skills: Find the Correct Fruit
For 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.
K - 1st Health 3 Views 11 Downloads
Thinking Skills: Find the Correct Shape
For 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.
K - 1st Language Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
Thinking Skills: What Vehicle Is Right?
For 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.
K - 1st Language Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
Basic Critical Thinking Skills: Claims and Issues
A key component of critical thinking is to be able to present and support a claim. Clarify for your learners the difference between claims and issues with a 11-slide presentation. Specific examples illustrate each concept.
10th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 11 Downloads
Developing Open-Ended Questions
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.
7th - 8th Language Arts 25 Views 58 Downloads
Understanding First Jobs
Eighth graders consider what it takes to get through the interview process by conducting one. They create interview questions to use as they dig for the truth about first jobs and they interview each other. After the interviews they get into small groups to compare notes.
8th 21st Century Skills 14 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Comparing Themes Across Texts
Read various texts to compare the themes across each text. Learners write a journal entry describing the most beautiful scenery they've seen and use a map of the United States to locate the Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods. They then read "Saving the Redwoods" and complete written responses for the text comparing it to the poem "Stars.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 70 Downloads
Curriculum Connections with Keiko Kasza
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.
2nd - 5th Math 4 Views 56 Downloads
Drawing Conclusions-Miss Navajo
Students practice the higher order thinking skill of drawing conclusions. In this language lesson, students use the Miss Navajo pageant to discuss the role of language in selecting a winner. They view portions of the pageant, and try to draw conclusions about the effect of the language portion on the overall outcome of the pageant.
6th - 8th Language Arts 21 Views 16 Downloads
A BIOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY: USING THE LITTLE PRINCE TO EXPLORE BIOGRAPHY & CREAIVE WRITING
Students integrate Author and Biography study with Students personal perspective. They make connections between research and creative writing. Students enrich research and critical thinking skills. They encourage students to think about and develop their own life stories.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 13 Views 41 Downloads
Debating Controversial Issues: Integrating Science and Current Events
In order to give young scientists experience with critical thinking skills, introduce them to a current controversy and prepare them to debate. Choose a topic, such as genetically modified organisms, and assign groups to represent different parties of interest.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 61 Downloads
The Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge!
The importance of considering multiple perspectives of the same event is the big idea in this exercise that focuses on the Boston Massacre. Class groups examine photos of four depictions of the massacre, an English and an American newspaper account, trial testimony, a clip from an HBO film, and then read their textbook account of the event.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 27 Views 26 Downloads
Patterns on a Multiplication Table
This short multiplication activity requires young mathematicians to engage critical thinking skills as they use logic to problem solve questions about multiples and patterns. In addition to exercising their mathematical reasoning skills, students are required to write out their responses for three of the five word problems on this activity making it a great Common Core resource and promoting literacy across the curriculum.
5th - 7th Math 7 Views 158 Downloads
Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels
This lesson plan is preparation-intensive, but well worth the investment. You will construct five or six portable testing stations with which lab groups will gather data on the best position for collecting sunlight with a solar panel. This is the second part of a two-part lesson plan, best used in middle school science classes as part of a unit on alternative energy sources.
6th - 9th Science 7 Views 14 Downloads
A Symbol of Protection
Young art critics consider symbolic protection as it has been used in various cultures around the globe. They view body art from the Marquesas Islands, looking for animals, letter, shapes, and patterns. They compare and contrast body art that symbolizes protection and then design a protective tattoo of their own.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
Forming Open-Ended Questions
Help readers learn to create their own open-ended questions for any text you are working with. Using Bloom's Taxonomy, learners begin on the lower levels and work their way up to form questions that focus on synthesis instead of simple reading comprehension.
9th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 142 Downloads