More critical thinking in Muir Lake School! This is a lesson adapted from TC2 about solving practical problems and, in particular, how we could help someone choose the best solution for his/her problem. The grade twos used criteria for an effective solution to work through several examples of problems, and judged the best solution for each.
In kindergarten, we use CRITERIA when discussing behaviours in and out of the classroom. Recently we used criteria to enhance the quality and relevance of the questions students ask of visitors, and of their classmates during show and share. Both classes worked through a series of activities that had the students define, sort and find powerful questions, before creating their own.
As part of the grade 5 Literacy Stations, students rotate through a “Critical Thinking” activity. The discussions that have come out of these mini-challenges have been fantastic and they show that the students are really thinking about their thinking and becoming open (and independent) minded. The links for a few of these mini-challenges and corresponding resources can be found below:
Becoming quite skilled at using clues to create conclusions, the grade sixes then started their investigations of pictures (illustrations and photographs). The critical challenges have the students using the conclusions they draw from the clues in the photos to estimate the time the pictures depict (time of day, day of the week, month, year), as well as make judgments about what happened just before the picture was taken. The final step will be to use the same tools to help create a thoughtful story based around the picture.
Using the concepts of “Clues and Conclusions”, the grade sixes worked through a series of critical thinking lessons to enhance their investigating and inferring skills. By using evidence found in political cartoons (as well as their own background knowledge), they created reasoned judgments about the cartoonists’ intents or messages. They then used their skills to judge and create effective captions.
After exploring the concept of sorting, the grade ones investigated patterns. They experienced, identified and translated many patterns that they could see, hear and do, and were given the chance to create their own patterns, using an artistic medium of their choosing (visual, music, movement, literature/poetry).
This series of critical thinking lessons for grade one centered around the skills associated with sorting and creating sorting rules. After some discussion to build and review background knowledge, they worked through three critical challenges.
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