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LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING
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Quick Pick Activities for Critical Thinking. This new product from Edupress takes the Quick Flip Questions for Critical Thinking one step further by giving teachers practical help in letting students work independently to learn how to think on all six levels identified in Bloom's Taxonomy. It comes in a box with a plastic lid and offers ideas that bridge the gap between classroom lessons and meeting assessment standards. The widely varied activities help children build their ability to recall, comprehend, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and extend responses.
What will you find in the box?
120 Activity Cards that contain multi-sensory activities geared to Bloom's Taxonomy. They are color-coded for easy filing with icons that identify the activity type. There is ample space for note-taking on the back of each card.
An Informative User's Guide
A Reproducible Assessment Checklist
Guide to Understanding Bloom's Taxonomy
Color-Coded Dividers for Easy Filing
Available on Three Levels: Order by title and catalogue number. $15.29-D each.
BTH-2106 Activities for Critical Thinking Level 1 for ages 5-7, Grades K-2
BTH-2344 Activities for Critical Thinking Level 2 for ages 7-9, Grades 2-4
BTH-2345 Activities for Critical Thinking Level 3 for ages 9-11, Grades 4-6
Quick Flip Questions for Critical Thinking: With just a flip of the page you will have key words and questions that cause students to think on all six levels of thinking in the cognitive domain, as defined in Bloom's Taxonomy. Great for leading discussions and preparing tests. Can be a life-saver for substitute teachers. Cat # BTH-150, price is only $3.59-D. These qualify for Title 1 funds. Order on line here.
New Quick Flip Questions for the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy from Lorin W. Anderson and David R. Krathwohl's A Taxonomy For Learning, Teaching, and Assessing, Abridged Edition. You have loved the original Quick Flip Questions for Critical Thinking, but you have also been requesting this updated version. But here's a secret between us. There is nothing new in this updated version. The words for the heading have been changed, but "Creating" has the same material as "Synthesis" had in the original version, and everything else that appears different is just in a different order. This handy resource helps one improve thinking skills at any age with the flip of a page. This indispensable tool helps teachers write lesson plans, master Bloom's Taxonomy, and develop higher levels of thinking. It will help students develop questioning and analysis skills. It will help parents improve child / parent communication and enhance their verbal skills. The levels of the cognitive domain of learning has been divided by the authors into these levels: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating. BTH-3618. $3.59-D
Now translated into Spanish: Repaso rápido de preguntas para pensamientos críticos. See description above. BTH-3003. $3.59-D.
Quick Flip Activities for Multiple Intelligences: By just flipping a page you will find help in recognizing a child's unique talents and in planning activities to develop them. Classroom teachers will get help in writing lesson plans, becoming aware of the learning styles of their students, and developing a well-rounded curriculum where all students may experience success. Suggests activities for Intrapersonal Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, and Linguistic Intelligence. All the flip charts are the same size 5"x6."
Cat. #BTH-151, $3.59-D. These qualify for Title 1 funds.
Analogies for the 21st Century by Bonnie Risby. This book provides a great way for teachers to combine the teaching of vocabulary and thinking skills. It begins by explaining what analogies are and the techniques for solving them. Students learn to replace guessing with systematic ways to find the most logical solutions to these verbal puzzles. These puzzles will also help students to prepare for standardized tests that use similar analogies. 33 pages, including answers. For grades 4-6. Cat#BTH-164. $8.06-D
Analogy Roundup by Bonnie Risby. For grades 4-7. Teaches vocabulary development, attribute recognition, and thinking strategies. This book will help review material learned in Thinking Through Analogies and Analogies for the 21st Century. As in the previous books, students are introduced to a type of analogy and given practice in recognizing and solving it. The vocabulary reflects current events and culture. 32 pages, including answers. Reproducible. BTH-525. $8.06.
Attribute Block Activities: provide easy-to-use cards to introduce logical thinking skills to young learners. Students use attribute blocks to complete the patterns on the 32 full-color task cards. These two titles are available
Analogies, for grades K-3. Cat. #BTH-152. $8.96-D
Sequences, for grades K-2. Cat. #BTH-154. $8.96-D
Clues to Comprehension with interactive CD-ROM. Using a motivating riddle format, this series presents lessons that help students use visual and text clues; formulate and revise hypotheses; draw conclusions and use critical thinking; process information by creating and interpreting graphic organizers; and respond to writing prompts. Each lesson gives practice in using strategic approaches to item formats frequently encountered on standardized language tests. The CD-ROM presents the riddle charts in full-color in an interactive manner and also includes a printable PDF of the book. 144 pages plus CD-ROM. Available at three grade levels:
Clues to Comprehension, Grades 1-2: BTH-876. $17.99-D
Clues to Comprehension, Grades 3-4: BTH-877. $17.99-D
Clues to Comprehension, Grades 5-6: BTH-878. $17.99-D
CPS for Kids: A Resource for Teaching Creative Problem Solving to Children by Bob Eberle and Bob Stanish. Prufrock Press, 1996. This book will teach your students an exciting and powerful problem-solving method from start to finish. Each step in the process, from finding problems, to finding solutions, is outlined in detail and includes accompanying activities on reproducible pages. The method taught with this book can eliminate the tendency to approach problems in a haphazard manner and, consequently, prevents surprises and/or disappointment with the solution. Designed for students in grades 2–8, these activities are challenging and interesting. 89 pages. BTH-4534.
Crime Scene Detective: Using Science and Critical Thinking to Solve Crimes by Karen Schulz. A Dandy Lion publication. 80 pages. Reproducible for classroom use. Your students will get excited about finding out who started the fire in their school library in this crime simulation designed to teach critical thinking skills. It also includes background information on forensics, and an exploration of careers in forensic science and law enforcement. To crack the case, students will examine evidence left at the scene, interview suspects, and use thinking skills to connect the clues and eliminate suspects. Students will feel like real investigators. Instructions are given to write your own crime scene simulation if you'd rather use something other than the one already provided here. BTH-3. $11.96-D
Crime Scene Detective: Arson: Using Science and Critical Thinking to Solve Crimes by Karen Schulz. Prufrock Press, 2007. A fire breaks out in the school library, and somebody on campus is to blame, but who? Your students become detectives as they interview suspects, analyze evidence, and participate in real-life forensic labs as part of the mock crime scene investigation in this book. Teachers will find everything they need to set up a crime scene in their school, including six new suspect and witness storylines, guides to displaying evidence and setting up forensic labs, and lessons for teachers explaining the basics behind forensic science. There are also handy forms for students to record information, tips for garnering schoolwide participation, and detailed instructions for setting up accurate crime scenes. After following clues and solving the crime, your students will beg for more challenging and exciting forensic science activities. 96 pages. BTH-4535. $11.66-D
Crime Scene Detective: Theft: Using Science and Critical Thinking to Solve Crimes by Karen Schulz. Prufrock Press, 2008. An expensive digital camera has been stolen from the school’s media center and somebody on campus is to blame, but who? Students will become detectives as they analyze evidence and participate in real-life forensic labs as part of the mock crime scene investigation in this book. Students will interview suspects, follow the clues, and analyze lab reports. Liek the other two best-selling books in this series,
this book includes everything teachers need to set up a crime scene at school, including six new suspect and witness storylines, guides to displaying evidence and setting up forensic labs, and lessons for teachers that explain the basics behind forensic science. 102 pages. BTH-4536. $13.46-D
Critical Thinking Workbooks by Steck-Vaughn. These consumable workbooks help improve students' reading, thinking, and reasoning skills. They introduce and provide practice for the six most important thinking skills within any content area. Age-appropriate activities are provided for each grade. 96-128 pages, depending on grade level. Available for grades 1-6. Teacher editions are separate. Just for the record, it appears that the content in these books is the same as in the reproducible books above except that these books add one color to the pictures. Unless you especially want consumable books with a separate teacher guide, you will find it more economical to go with the reproducible Critical Thinking series above. Student editions are $15.26-D. Teacher Editions are $14.85-D. Order by grade level.
Design Studio: Integrating Art and Thinking by Diane Draze and Annelise Palouda. Dandy Lion Publications. This course in thinking also teaches design principles. Students learn the following design techniques: unity, repetition, color, balance, proportion, variety, movement, emphasis, economy, and space. As students learn each principle, they are given unique projects which allow an opportunity to hone both their thinking and artistic skills. BTH-588. $10.76-D
Detective Club: Provides six mysteries that will challenge primary students. Solving the mysteries involves decoding messages, sorting information, and thinking logically. For grades 2-4. Cat. #BTH-153. $10.79-D
More Adventures of the Detective Club by Judy Leimbach and Sharon Eckert. Prufrock Press, 2007. This sequel to Detective Club (also for grades 2-4) opens with Shirley's Tests for New Members, a series of short puzzles that quickly reviews the types of skills new members will need to be ready to solve the four new mysteries in this book. There is a teacher guide for Shirley's Tests and for each of the new mysteries and solutions can be found at the back of the book. To solve the mysteries, students will need to use inferential thinking, solve logic puzzles, sort information, solve word puzzles, and decode messages. The cases in this book are longer and more challenging than the mysteries in the first book. 64 pages. BTH-3848. $10.76-D
Famous People Puzzles: Exercises in Inference and Research by Carolyn Powell. This book contains scraps of imagined papers left by famous people. For grades 5-8. The students take these fragments and exercise their deductive reasoning skills as they try to flesh out their clues with research to find out who "wrote" the fragments. The subjects represent different areas of the world, periods of history, sexes, and occupations. All are individuals who have made their mark on the world. Each unit contains general information for the instructor, the personal momentos to be duplicated and given to students, a reproducible page for students to take notes on their research, a page where students can write a biography of their famous person, and a reference log form. Subjects covered are Louis Armstrong, Julius Caesar, Jacques Cousteau, Marie Curie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nelson Mandela, Edson Arantes do Nascinento (Pelé), Georgia O'Keeffe, Sacagawea, William Shakespeare, and Harriet Tubman. 16 units and 61 pages in all. Reproducible for classroom use. BTH-155. $10.79-D
The Great Chocolate Caper: A Mystery That Teaches Logic Skills, by Mary Ann Carr. Reginald Van Feisty, the owner of a world famous chocolate factory, is about to produce the most delicious chocolate bar ever. But before he can make even the first one, his recipe is stolen. It is discovered that six suspects have motives for committing the crime. Students learn logic skills to discover which one is guilty. The book contains nine lessons, each teaching a different logic skill. Each lesson may take several 50-minute class periods to complete. Worksheets for lessons are reproducible. For grades 5-8. Cat. BTH-156, $10.79-D
Hands-On Thinking Activities -- Centers Through the Year. Celebrate each season with 8-10 fun-filled, hands-on centers (36 in all) that allow students to practice logic and critical/ creative thinking skills. The books provide complete teacher directions for setting up the centers, ready-to-use color center signs and display items, and reproducible student forms. 192 pages in full color.
Hands-On Thinking Activities, Grades 1-3. BTH-920. $17.99-D.
Hands-On Thinking Activities, Grades 3-6. BTH-921. $17.99-D.
Logic on Meadowbrook Lane by Bonnie Lou Risby. Prufrock Press, 2007. This new book for grades 5-8 includes more than 20 intriguing grid logic puzzles that teach deductive and logical reasoning and challenge students' problem solving skills. The puzzles are related to the adventures of a group of eight friends who all live on Meadowbrook Lane and take part in a series of projects and events in their neighborhood. To solve the puzzles, students will need to gather clues and organize them using logic grids, deductive reasoning, analytical thinking, and the process of elimination. Answers are included. 48 pages. BTH-3802 . $10.76-D
Puzzle It! Logic Puzzles and Tricks: 50 Challenging Riddles, Brain Teasers, and Logic Problems by Moshe Levy. Incentive Publications, 2007. This book contains 50 challenging logic puzzles that require the use of basic skills to solve. Working these puzzles will sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills and motivate reluctant learners. Students will need to practice analysis and deduction, ask questions and consider multiple answers, develop and try out strategies, visualize possibilities, apply information in a new way, and refine spatial awareness skills. Student pages are reproducible for one classroom. Answers are provided. For Middle School grades and up. 64 pages. BTH-4026. $8.99-D
Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities by Bonnie and Robby Risby . Dandy Lion Publications. For grades K-2. Reproducible. 64 pages, including answers. This book teaches seven different thinking skills: relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis. The format is suitable for prereaders. This book uses pictures rather than words for student response.
Mastermind Mathematics: Logic, Strategies, and Proofs by Mathew Mitchell. Key Curriculum Press. Mathematics teachers have long used the game MASTERMIND to teach logic and deduction. Mathew Mitchell, an associate professor at the University of San Francisco Department of Learning and Instruction, makes the connections between game strategies and mathematics concepts such as problem-solving and proof strategies. As students use this book and play MASTERMIND, apply strategies such as establishing subgoals, making a chart, deductive reasoning, eliminating possibilities, pattern searching, and proof by contradiction.
This book can be used full-time for a unit on deductive reasoning lasting several weeks, or a teacher can use single activities throughout the year as warm-ups or for enrichment. Math clubs can also make good use of this book. 102 pages. Key-3196. $6.26-D
Mystery Disease by Mark A. Bohland. For grades 5-8. A serious illness is sweeping through the small community of Jamestown. Why are all these people sick? Where did they catch the disease? Student take the role of public health workers as they track down the source of the illness. This problem-based unit combines science, social studies, math, research, group collaboration, and communication as students work in teams to solve he problem and present their findings. This unit should be very relevant to students who are hearing about new diseases on the media quite frequently now. Student pages are reproducible for classroom use. 88 pages. BTH-23. $11.66-D
Mystery Science: Case of the Missing Lunch by Connie Gatlin. For grades 3-5. As students enter the classroom, they will notice something is amiss. As they view the area cordoned off with tape, they will discover several lunch boxes, an empty thermos, a white powder, cookie crumbs, and footprints. This is the beginning of a crime scene investigation that requires experimentation and critical thinking to solve. Students will use chemistry, observation, and analysis of the scientific data, and also personal information about the four suspects to determine who stole the cookies and milk out of one of the lunches. As they work on solving the mystery, students will find real-world applications for science concepts.
Contained in this book are a brief introduction, a story that introduces the mystery, a map of the crime scene, a list of materials, directions for each crime lab, statements made by the suspects, detailed instructions for the preparation and set-up of each lab, a list of possible vocabulary or spelling words for the mystery, and an explanation of what happened. There are step by step instructions for the teacher on how to prepare and complete the activity. This can't be used as a time filler or be haphazardly thrown together. It does require careful preparation, but it will be fun for the students as a chance of pace in science and problem solving. Student materials are reproducible for classroom use. 48 pages. BTH-425. $9.87-D
One-Hour Mysteries, by Mary Ann Carr. Students become detectives and need to learn logic skills to solve the five crimes in this book. These crimes can be included in a unit on mysteries or be used independently for variety about every six weeks or so. Each mystery requires about 1-3 hours to solve. These mysteries motivate students to learn reading and thinking skills. For grades 4-8.
More One-Hour Mysteries by Ann Carr. Dandy Lion. The sequel to the very popular One-Hour Mysteries. Young detectives in grades 4-8 use clues and logic to solve five intriguing mysteries involving a stolen will, a dog napping, a forged memento, a stolen video game, and a hoax. These can be used for one-or two day sessions, or as lead-ins for a literature unit on mysteries. They teach deductive reasoning, inferencing, taking notes, organizing data, and analyzing evidence. 64 pages
Blast off With Logic Series
A series of three reproducible books that develop logic skills in a sequential,
developmental fashion. Children enjoy solving these logic puzzles.
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Logic Countdown: For Grades 3-4. BTH-524. $10.76-D
Logic Liftoff: For Grades 4-6. BTH-158. $10.76-D
Orbiting With Logic: For Grades 5-7. BTH-160. $10.76-D
Logic Safari Series
These books are packed full of wonderful deductive logic puzzles that appeal to children.
These puzzles include the problem, the grid, and an eye-catching illustration. $8.06-D each.
Book 1, grades 2-3, BTH-161; Book 2, grades 3-4, BTH-162; Book 3, grades 5-6, BTH-163
First Time Analogies: This is the very first book in this series for teaching children how to solve analogies. It presents pictorial and symbolic analogies so that even non-readers can develop creative and analytical thinking skills. For grades K-2. Cat.#BTH-197. $9.86-D
Analogies for Beginners: Pictorial and verbal exercises introduce logical thinking to young students, grades 1-3. BTH-26. $8.06-D
Thinking Through Analogies: This challenging array of investigations into the similarities
between two things builds vocabulary and critical thinking skills. For grades 3-6. BTH-166. $8.96-D
Advancing Through Analogies: When students are ready for more advanced analogies, this book will help expand vocabulary and build flexibility and analytical thinking. For grades 5-8. BTH-27.$8.06-D
Playing with Logic: Reproducible Activities for Grades 3-5 by Mark Schoenfield and Jeannette Rosenblatt. Frank Schaffer / Fearon, 1985. This book has puzzles in the following areas of logic and critical thinking: Relationships, Sequencing, Inference, and Deduction. The last chapter consists of group logic games. Answers are provided. 59 pages. BTH-5054. $8.99
One slightly damaged copy might still be available for $8.29. BTH-5055. Use this link to check availability and to order on line.
Primarily Logic by Judy Leimbach. A Dandy Lion Publication. For grades 2-4. This book consists of a series of units designed to introduce logical thinking. Each skill is introduced with examples, and the reproducible worksheets give students the opportunity to practice the following logical thinking skills; finding relationships, analogies, all and no statements, syllogisms, if-then statements, and dedcutitve reasoning. Eye-catching graphics add interest. 56 pages, including answers. BTH-498. $10.76-D
Primarily Thinking by Judy Leimbach. A Dandy Lion Publication for grades 2-3. This book introduces six essential thinking skills: comparison, cause and effect, fact and opinion, patterns, classification, and sequences. The reproducible worksheets will give students lots of practice in using these new skills. The text is easy for young readers, and the pictures enhance the text and add interest. 64 pages with answers. BTH-499. $10.76-D
Primary Analogies: Critical and Creative Thinking, by Brunner, Schoenlank, Williams, and Wiss. EPS. Helps children who are just learning to read do analogies. They learn to find similarities, categorize, make comparisons, and use Venn diagrams. In picture to picture analogies, students choose two pictures from a frame that have the same relationship as two others and connect them with a line. As students begin to learn the alphabet, the analogies combine letters, pictures and symbols, and progress to analogies using only words -- easy, phonetic words they are likely to meet when they read. Order by catalog number and title.
Cat. # Title Price
N1-2283 Primary Analogies 1 (40 pp.) $5.50*
N1-2284 Key, Book 1 (32 pp) $5.25*
N1-2285 Primary Analogies 2 (48 pp.) $5.50*
N1-2286 Key, Book 2 (32 pp) $5.25*
N1-2287 Primary Analogies 3 (64 pp.) $6.25*
N1-2288 Key, Book 3 (40 pp) $5.25*
Puzzle it! Logic Puzzles and Tricks: 50 Challenging Riddles, Brain Teasers, and Logic Problems by Dr. Moshe Levy. Incentive Publications, 2007. This book contains 50 challenging logic puzzles that require the use of basic skills to solve. Working these puzzles will sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills and motivate reluctant learners. Students will need to practice analysis and deduction, ask questions and consider multiple answers, develop and try out strategies, visualize possibilities, apply information in a new way, and refine spatial awareness skills. Student pages are reproducible for one classroom. Answers are provided. For Middle School grades and up. 64 pages. BTH-4026. $8.99-D
Quotation Quizzlers: Puzzling Your Way through Famous Quotations by Philip A. Steinbacher. A Dandy Lion publication. 64 pages. This reproducible book offer students challenging opportunities to meet famous people through their own words. But first they have to use their deductive reasoning and word analysis skills to decipher the quotes. Correctly placing the letters which are grouped at the bottom of the puzzle into the spaces provided at the top will produce the quotation. But solving these puzzles requires critical thinking, word analysis, flexible thinking, and the ability to see both the small pieces of the puzzle and the way they fit together to form the whole solution. Besides the fifty puzzles, students will find short biographical sketches of each famous person quoted. Even teachers will be challenged by these. Workbook size. BTH-2. $10.76-D
Solving Logic Mysteries by Rebecca Stark. Educational Impressions, 2003. In this book, students will read about situations, consider a list of clues, and use a matrix grid to eliminate possibilities and arrive at conclusions. In the process they will develop important deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills, as well as memory and listening skills. This will also help develop vocabulary and reading comprehension. The logic mysteries are divided into two levels of difficulty and may be done independently, in pairs, and in small groups. The book includes detailed explanations of solutions and a template so that students can create their own mysteries. 96 pages. For grades 3-6. BTH-1601. $13.46-D
Solving Logic Problems Book 1: Basics by Jim McAlpine, Betty Weincek, Sue Jeweler, and Marion Finkbinder. Educational Impressions, 2008. This book introduces students in grades 5-7 to logic and shows them how to apply logic strategies to a variety of problem-solving activities that require deductive, inductive, convergent, and divergent thinking. You will find grid puzzles, pattern problems, syllogisms, and other differentiated activities in numerical, verbal, and visual-spatial logic. There is also a section with extension activities for additional experience. You should start with this book no matter what the grade level unless students are already familiar with logic strategies. 92 pages. BTH-4681. $13.46-D
Solving Logic Problems Book 2: Advanced by Jim McAlpine, Betty Weincek, Sue Jeweler, and Marion Finkbinder. Educational Impressions, 2008. This book introduces students in grades 6-8 to logic and shows them how to apply logic strategies to a variety of problem-solving activities that require deductive, inductive, convergent, and divergent thinking. You will find grid puzzles, pattern problems, syllogisms, and other differentiated activities in numerical, verbal, and visual-spatial logic. There is also a section with extension activities for additional experience. You should start with Book 1 no matter what the grade level unless students are already familiar with logic strategies. 92 pages. BTH-4682. $13.46-D
The Thinking Skills Series, by Evan-Moor, presents lessons to strengthen critical, logical, and creative thinking skills. Each of its 44 lessons have step-by-step teacher directions, a chart that poses a thinking challenge, and a reproducible practice page. Each book also has a CD-ROM where students can interact with the full-color charts by entering brainstorming responses, dragging and dropping objects into a Venn diagram, and solving matrix puzzles on the computer screen. The CD also includes a printable PDF of the book. 144 pages in each book plus the CD-ROM. Available for grades 1-2 (BTH-917), 3-4 (BTH-918), and grades 5-6 (BTH-919)). Books are $17.99-D each.
Thinking Stories by Jackie Scott. A bilingual series from Dandy Lion Publications. These English-Spanish stories combine literature and thinking in a unique bilingual instructional format. Each book contains four original stories in both Spanish and English. They are followed by activities which relate to the problems presented in the stories and which require using various thinking techniques to solve. All three books in the series are for grades K-3. It does not appear that the books need to be used in any particular order. More details contents for each book follow:
Thinking Stories Book 1 includes these stories: The Moving Company (attribute recognition and classification); Who's Been Jumping on the Bed (math problem solving); the King's Towers (problem solving strategies), and Games Bunnies Play (deductive logic.) BTH-500. $9.86-D
Thinking Stories Book 2 includes these stories: The Alien Animals (categorization); The Enchilada Machine (elaboration and sequencing); Gregorio's Disaster (categorization); and The Mystery Person ( inductive reasoning)BTH-501. $9.86-D
Thinking Stories Book 3 includes these stories: The School for Bears (prolem solving, flexibility); Helga's Dilemma (deductive logic, organizing information); The Tooth Fairy Disaster (following directions, seeing relationships); The Anthology Machine (analogies, seeing relationships) BTH-502. $9.86
Thought Provokers and More Thought Provokers: Published by Key Curriculum Press. These challenge the critical thinking and math skills of high school students with intriguing puzzles. $8.46-D each.
A Treasury of Critical Thinking Activities, Intermediate by Rosalind Curtis, Maiya Edwards, and Fay Holbert. Teacher Created Resources, 160 pages. This book targets these teaching strategies: Bloom's Taxonomy, creative thinking, research skills, brainstorming skills, Rensulli's Enrichment Triad, Thinking Caps, and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. Each of these strategies has its own section, which is divided into three subsections: Notes on the strategy's practical applications in the classroom; a wide ranges of activities which cover the main curriculum areas; and task cards and blackline masters to support the activities. BTH-1722. $13.46-D
Unlocking Analogies: The Right Combination to Unlock Critical Thinking edited by Marianne Tatom. Harcourt Achieve, 2008. The three books in this series build critical thinking skills, enhance vocabulary development, and help improve standardized test scores. They provide direct, explicit instruction and guided practice that will teach students the secrets of analyzing analogies. 48 pages in each book. Here are the available titles:
Unlocking Analogies Grades 2-3 teaches these types of analogies: Groups; Part to Whole; User to Object; Synonyms; Antonyms; Name and Description. BTH-3414. $7.19-D
Unlocking Analogies Grades 4-5 teaches these types of analogies: Example and Class; Part to Whole; Homophones; Synonyms; Antonyms; Item to Category. BTH-3415. $7.19-D
Unlocking Analogies Middle School teaches these types of analogies: Example and Class; Object and Function; Homophones; Synonyms and Antonyms; Doer and Action; and Location.
Word Bogglers: Visual Words and Idioms by Diane Draze. Each reproducible page has six word puzzles similar to the one on the cover. Students analyze the shape, location, arrangements of letters, etc in the boxes to come up with a word or phrase it represents. For example, the answer to the puzzle on the cover is "Banana Split." (And in the puzzle page, there is no picture of the answer given as a hint like the one on the cover. Difficulty level is for grades 3-6. These are fun and make nice fillers that improve thinking skills and vocabulary.
Working with Analogies: Making Connections Book 1 by Jim McAlpine, Betty Weincek, Sue Jeweler, and Marion Finkbinder. Educational Impressions, © 2004. Understanding and decoding analogies is a skill that transfers to reading comprehension, critical thinking, and creativity. Analogies help students to think about the relationships betweens two words, pictures, or symbols. This book is divided into five sections: Part-to-Whole/Whole-to-Part; Synonyms and Antonyms; Purpose, Use, or Function; Cause and Effect; and Degree. The book uses both visual/symbolic and verbal analogies. Some exercises are open-ended, and students are challenged to create some analogies of their own.
For grades 2-3. BTH-1581. $11.69-D
Working with Analogies: Making Connections Book 2 by Jim McAlpine, Betty Weincek, Sue Jeweler, and Marion Finkbinder. Educational Impressions, © 2004. Understanding and decoding analogies is a skill that transfers to reading comprehension, critical thinking, and creativity. Analogies help students to think about the relationships betweens two words, pictures, or symbols. This book is divided into five sections: Part-to-Whole/Whole-to-Part; Synonyms and Antonyms; Purpose, Use, or Function; Cause and Effect; Degree; Grammar; and Association. The book uses both visual/symbolic and verbal analogies. Some exercises are open-ended, and students are challenged to create some analogies of their own.
For grades 4-6.BTH-1599. $11.69-D
Working with Analogies: Making Connections Book 3 by Jim McAlpine, Betty Weincek, Sue Jeweler, and Marion Finkbinder. Educational Impressions, © 2004. Understanding and decoding analogies is a skill that transfers to reading comprehension, critical thinking, and creativity. Analogies help students to think about the relationships betweens two words, pictures, or symbols. This book is divided into five sections: Part-to-Whole/Whole-to-Part; Synonyms and Antonyms; Purpose, Use, or Function; Cause and Effect; Degree; Grammar; and Association. The book uses both visual/symbolic and verbal analogies. Some exercises are open-ended, and students are challenged to create some analogies of their own.
For grades 6-8. BTH-1600. $11.69-D
You Be the Judge: Lessons to Build Evaluative Thinking Skills by Barbara Juskow. Help students master essential skills for decision-making and evaluation. Complete lessons and reproducible worksheets introduce students to three types of decision making:
Criteria evaluations measure against a set standard.
Value judgments employ moral training and personal values.
Judicial decisions require students to weigh facts before making an evaluation
Each section contains several lessons on reproducible worksheets that introduce the particular evaluative skill and give students opportunities to practice the skill. In all of the lessons in this book, students are asked to become active participants - to weigh, to consider, to debate, and to cast judgment. They will learn how to decide on criteria, how to use criteria to judge the best ideas, how values affect decisions, how use ethics to evaluate different situation, and how to fairly apply rules and punishments. Use this book to build important evaluative skills students will use throughout their lives. 64 pages. For grades 5-8. Cat. BTH-167. $10.76-D
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