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Students investigate dog breeds and write a short story from a dog's perspective. In this dog research and writing activity, 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.
Students examine the relationships between reading, writing, and thinking skills in completing math problems.

Being Flexible

6th - 9th
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.

Thinking Skills

3rd - 5th
In this critical thinking activity, students read passages and use different thinking skills to answer the questions. Students have 2 texts to read.

Spooky Spiders

1st - 3rd
Students manipulate food items in order to solve a problem. They use critical-thinking skills. They act out word problems, and draw a diagram to help visualize the problem. They make a chart or table to find a pattern.

Spooky Spiders

1st - 3rd
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.
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.
Students practice basic addition and subtration facts to twelve and use thinking skills to win at tick tack toe.
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 instructional activity encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view the movie, critically.
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."
Pupils discuss the paintings of three Chicago painters. They are asked to observe their work and comment on it.
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
Is it silly or sensible? That's a great question, and it's the question that will drive this entire instructional activity. Learners with special needs and visual impairments work together to analyze verbal information. The instructor makes a statement, and they determine if the statement is silly or sensible. The purpose of the instructional activity is to increase problem solving skills and concept development. 
Students 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.
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.
Tap into the wisdom and knowledge of older members of the community with this New York Times plan. To warm up, learners write about and discuss advice they have been given. After reading "The Life Report," an op-ed column that asks older readers to reflect on their lives, as well as reader-submitted life reports, learners complete one of four provided activities. The final project is to help someone write a life report.

Round Rock

2nd - 5th
Students create a poster showcasing an African-American historical figure. In this Social Studies lesson, students research an important African-American historical figure for a biographical poster. Students include dates and interesting information as well as a time-line on their poster.
Work across content areas with an engaging project that highlights higher-level thinking, teamwork, and a STEM focus.