Critical thinking games

Topics: Word, Critical thinking, Scholastic Corporation Pages: 186 (19458 words) Published: March 4, 2014
81 Fresh & Fun
Critical-Thinking
Activities
Engaging Activities and Reproducibles to
Develop Kids’ Higher-Level Thinking Skills
by Laurie Rozakis

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Dedication
With love and thanks, I dedicate this book to all the fine teachers who have enriched my life: Barbara Bengels, Chris LaRosa, Ed Leigh, Jack McGrath, Jim Pepperman, Jennifer Richmond, Elizabeth Simmons, Lenore Strober, and Tom Thibadeau.

Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the activity sheets from this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without written permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to Scholastic Professional Books, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999.

Cover design by Jaime Lucero
Interior design by Jaime Lucero and Robert Dominguez for Grafica, Inc. Interior illustrations by Maxie Chambliss
ISBN: 0-590-37526-1
Copyright © 1998 by Laurie Rozakis. All rights reserved.
Printed in the U.S.A.

81 Fresh & Fun Critical-Thinking Activities © Laurie Rozakis, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Recognizing and Recalling Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Distinguishing and Visualizing Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Activities for Following Directions and Classifying . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sequencing and Predicting Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Activities for Inferring and Drawing Conclusions. . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Evaluating Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Analyzing Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Synthesizing Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

81 Fresh & Fun Critical-Thinking Activities © Laurie Rozakis, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Introduction
Today’s students will inherit a complex and rapidly changing world, a world in which they’ll be required to absorb new ideas, examine and interpret information, apply knowledge, and solve unconventional problems. To deal with the information explosion of the twenty-first century, students will need to develop systematic ways of thinking and reasoning. Critical-thinking skills will be essential. What is critical thinking? It’s the ability to:









solve problems
make products that are valued in a particular culture
be flexible, creative, and original
think about thinking
locate the appropriate route to a goal
capture and transmit knowledge
express views and feelings appropriately

Effective critical thinkers use one or more of the seven multiple intelligences identified by Dr. Howard Gardner:
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verbal/linguistic
logical/mathematical
visual/spatial
bodily/kinesthetic
musical/rhythmic
interpersonal (the ability to work cooperatively in a group) intrapersonal (self-identity)

Research indicates that critical thinking is neither inborn nor naturally acquired. In fact, fewer than half the adults in America today have the ability to reflect upon their thinking and explain how they solved a problem. Fortunately, critical thinking can be taught and learned. This book, and its companion volume for younger grades, will help you teach students to reflect upon their own thinking processes and become more successful, active learners. Both professional educators and parents can use this book to help children learn to think critically.

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