Thinking and Reasoning Teacher Resources
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DR-TA Reading Strategy
Foster critical thinking skills by using the DR-TA Strategy with Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Class members read portions of the essay, stop and discuss what is happening, make predictions based on evidence from the text, and evaluate the effectiveness of the satire.
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Multiplication Snack Activity
Youngsters study multiplication facts by manipulating food in order to problem solve. They will use healthy snack items as manipulatives to solve various multiplication equations. Charts, tables, physical models, and so much more are part of this creative lesson.
1st - 3rd Math
"Comprehension of Word Problems" Using a Table
Problem-solving strategies and text analysis come into play as learners attemtp to comprehend data dealing with animals and agriculture. After analyzing the different livestock populations on a farm, learners create a data table in order to organize their data and solve the written problem.
5th - 6th Math
Understanding and Fighting Stereotypes through Words and Images
Use some provocative modern art to get your class considering stereotypes and the impact they have on us all. Your class will discuss the print art Indian Look-Alike by Melanie Yazzie and stereotypes in general before conducting research to create an educational pamphlet dispelling the stereotypes of a particular culture or race.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Drawing with Carl
Who is Carl? Carl is a little monster that will help your learners draw and create in any way imaginable. Get those kids to activate creative and imaginative thinking skills with a really fun app. There are endless options that can provide hours of fun.
Pre-K - 6th English Language Arts
Project-Based Learning and the Arts
What's so great about Project-Based learning? Read to learn how projects can help kids apply higher-order thinking skills, conduct thoughtful investigations, and make cross curricular connections. This short article includes five wonderful projects for you to try with your class.
1st - 4th English Language Arts
Students create a poster showcasing an African-American historical figure. In this Social Studies lesson plan, 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.
2nd - 5th English Language Arts
Question of the Week
Use this presentation as a means to spark discussion and promote critical-thinking skills in your classroom. Learners read and discuss a series of questions such as whether animals can talk. This presentation provides a good way to have your class engage in research, think through a problem, and exercise creativity.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Thinking About Hate
This lesson starts out with a guided discussion about the statement "Birds fly in the sky; airplanes fly in the sky; therefore, airplanes are birds" and goes on to cover logical fallacies and reliable sources, relating these to the topic of hate and how people spread hate.
8th - 10th English Language Arts
Amending the Bill of Rights
Eighth graders update the American Bill of Rights. In this critical thinking skills instructional activity, 8th graders collaborate in small groups to revisit and rewrite the Bill of Rights. Students must write proposals for a revision bill the change the document in order to make it up-to-date.
8th Social Studies & History
The class conducts a simple experiment to demonstrate the Bernoulli Principle. After completing the experiment, they will discuss their findings. To prep for this activity, appropriate resource material on the Bernoulli Principle will be needed as no background information is provided.
Back To School Night iMovie
Learners work collaboratively to take and download digital images, use iMovie software, and create an iMovie to show at a Back To School Night event. They discuss how to organize the information into a clear and cohesive movie. Then, they create an original movie promoting decision-making and higher-order thinking skills.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
Inside Out/Opposites lesson
Here is a good lesson on opposites in which each pupil receives a word card and has to find the classmate with the opposite word card. Additionally, they write a fire safety journal about "Why you should get outside and stay outside during a fire?
Pre-K - 1st English Language Arts
Thinking Skills: Find the Correct Number
In this thinking skills worksheet, 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.
K - 1st English Language Arts
Determining the Author's Purpose: Analyzing a Recruitment Video
An ROTC recruitment video launches a discussion of author’s purpose, image choice, and bias. Class members also explore careers in the armed forces and in the field of video productions. Ask your pupils to consider how to make a video with the opposite purpose of the one they viewed.
8th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed