Thinking and Reasoning Teacher Resources
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In this flexibility worksheet, 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.
Number Tick Tack Toe:
Students practice basic addition and subtration facts to twelve and use thinking skills to win at tick tack toe.
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.
Teaching Students Mathematical Reasoning Skills
Students can build upon their basic math skills and become higher order thinkers when we encourage the following principles.
In this thinking skills learning exercise, 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.
Thinking Skills: Find the Correct Number
In this thinking skills instructional activity, 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.
Asian Cinderella Tales
Explore the world of fairy tales using this lesson 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.
Choose Your Own Adventure: School Nutritional Policy
Mature audiences are required for this lesson on implementing health-related policies. First, they openly explore the CDC obesity page while taking notes about what they discover. Then they view a PowerPoint about the success of public policies in different countries. Finally, they choose an issue to write about, imagining what consequences could come about if enforced. Note that the PowerPoint presentations for this lesson are not included, but they are easily located via an online search.
The Water Cycle: States of Water
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.
Developing Thinking and Reasoning Skills in Primary Learners Using Detective Fiction
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.
Reading the Movies: Another Approach To Teaching Critical Thinking Skills And Writing
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.
Thinking Skills: Which Ball Is Right?
In this logic worksheet, learners 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.
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website. The plan details how to direct readers’ attention to the messages sent by illustrations and how to check the facts of a story. As a contrast, class members are introduced to Joseph Bruchac’s Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places and create their own compass rose.
The "Ad" Survey-What Makes a Print Ad Convincing?
Young scholars develop opinions from a variety of materials, recognize and analyze bias, propaganda and stereotypes, and evaluate effectiveness of print advertisements.
Read It, Write It, Count It!
Here is a good lesson which has learners solve addition and subtraction problems. In this computation lesson, 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.
Activity Plan 3-4: Measuring With Our Bodies
Students practice moving their bodies to develop math concepts, thinking skills, and spatial awareness. In this early childhood lesson plan, students explore estimation and make actual measurements.
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. Consider having learners interview an adult as homework.
You Don't Say!!
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.