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Students use dance to better understand the writing process. In this interdisciplinary instructional activity, students use their critical thinking skills to connect dance with writing. Students use thinking maps to follow the writing process, write a family story, and then dance it out.
Students explore higher level thinking. They develop their critical thinking skills by answering open ended questions. Students work cooperatively and make and explain connections between texts and their personal lives. Students use scoring rubrics for peer feedback and evaluations as well as self-reflections.
Pupils examine Africa from a regional perspective. They appreciate the historic and geographic relationships that unite and divide the regions of Africa. Students create a comprehensive document outlining problems in the assigned region. They employ critical thinking skills to suggest solutions for regional concerns.
Students utilize critical thinking skill to predict the content of a news article based on the headline that introduces it. They examine how headlines can distort perception, and weigh the importance of the information presented in headline; is it misleading to only take your news from the headlines?
Young scholars make predictions about the novel The Giver. In this reading comprehension lesson students read and discuss the title and cover of the novel. Young scholars will then complete a graphic organizer to structure their thoughts and engage in critical thinking skills.
Are you planning a group discussion in your language arts class? Have your middle schoolers examine the need for effective oral and written communication skills. They practice listening, group discussions, and oral presentations in this unit. You could use the entire unit in your class, or you could choose the activities that would be most helpful.
Students explore the Chinese New Year through Scholastic News magazine. For this cultural awareness lesson, students use a thinking map to develop their critical thinking skills pertaining to the Chinese New Year. Students compose positive blessings and distribute them to their Kindergarten buddies as a way to celebrate Chinese New Year.