Building Thinking Skills: Level 2, Grades 4-6, from The Critical Thinking Company

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This engaging 412-page book develops the critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 4-6.

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The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete, figural-spatial form. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
– Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
– Distinguishing similarities and differences
– Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies

These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.

LEVEL 2
  Figural-Spatial Skills

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare / describe / copy / enlarge / divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes / Venn / branching / cycle
  • Mental pattern folding / symmetry
  • Directionality / Position in space
  • Mental rotation / reflection / tumbling / stacking / folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence / area / volume
  • Analogies: size / color / orientation / detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers

  Verbal Skills

  • Spelling / Vocabulary / Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms / synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of / part of / used to / association / action
  • Deductive / Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then / yes-no / true-false
  • Orientation: person / place / time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition

Teaching Support
Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is included.

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