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This short multiplication worksheet 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 worksheet making it a great Common Core resource and promoting literacy across the curriculum. This resource does not include an answer key.
In this visual math puzzle worksheet, students work in groups to find the answer to 6 math puzzles. They work with geometric shapes and symbols.
This lesson 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, best used in middle school science classes as part of a unit on alternative energy sources.
Students can build upon their basic math skills and become higher order thinkers when we encourage the following principles.
Students through fast research and practice are given the opportunity to cultivate their unique speaking skills through presentations in front of their peers. They strengthen their critical thinking skills while preparing what they quickly have to present. Each student presents an impromptu extemporaneous speech.
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.
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. Guided statements will facilitate the process for your class.
Students determine how artists create setting. In this visual arts instructional activity, students complete the "Observing a Scene," worksheet and then respond to discussion questions about the selection. Students then use the clues they read about to discern how various artists created settings in their works.
First graders read a book about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this underground railroad instructional activity, 1st graders learn songs and code words that the slaves used to communicate with one another. Students discuss how all people should be treated, as well as how they feel Harriet Tubman worked to free the slaves.
In this thinking skills worksheet, learners read a famous quote by Robert F. Kennedy and write a short response on what the famous quote means to them.
In this ocean food chain worksheet, students examine 4 pictures regarding the ocean food chain then number them so they are in the correct order. Next, students complete 4 short answer questions about the ocean food chain that require higher order thinking skills.
Students explore primary and secondary sources. In this historical research activity, students use the internet to find sources of information . Students describe what information they gained from the document or program.
Read Dangerous Minds with your language learning disabled pupils to identify characteristics and connect to literature. This is a specific activity intended for use with the suggested book. The class uses a character map  as a way to compose their own chapter or journal entry for the book they have read. A great way to finish a great book.
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.
This instructional activity 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. The instructional activity asks learners to investigate an unreliable website in order to demonstrate logical fallacies and hate spreading. You might need to find your own website, since the website they cite is no longer the same.
Students design a quilt square to reflect their special memory. In this family heirlooms lesson, students read The Patchwork Quilt and discuss the importance of family involvement in creating a family heirloom. Students write and publish a story about a special memory, then design a quilt square to reflect their story.
Young scholars practice their reading comprehension skills. In this reading skills lesson, students use the R.E.A.C.T.I.O.N. model to identify story elements in books that young scholars elect to read independently.
Students examine cause and effect. In this cause and effect lesson, students discuss examples of cause and effect that their instructor shares with them. Students identify examples of cause and effect in their own lives and then complete an activity in which they analyze cause and effect of scenarios.
Students develop problem solving, decision-making and inquiry skills by planning experiments. They conduct systematic observations, interpret and analyze data and draw conclusions then communicate their results.
In this thinking skills activity, students read a quote by John Ruskin In this thinking skills activity, students read a quote by John Ruskin and write what they think the meaning of the quote is. Students then provide and example of how they apply the meaning to their own life.