Building Thinking Skills Book 2 with Answers

Building Thinking Skills Book 2 with Answers

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Item #: 000114
ISBN: 9781601441508
Grades: 4-7

Publisher Description:

This engaging 416-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 4-6. 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.


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 now included, however, a separate Instruction/Answer Guide is also available but is not required. The optional teaching guide includes objectives and focus questions that reinforce analytical skills. See components sold separately above for ordering information about the separate, optional Instruction/Answer Guide.

Category Description for Building Thinking Skills Book 2:

May be used earlier if student has completed Book 1. All skills learned in Book 1 are reviewed and exercises become increasingly complex with more specific skills. Examples of skills practiced are classification, following directions, deductive reasoning, parts of a whole, Word Benders, Venn and branching diagrams, pattern folding, rotation, reflection, overlapping classes and mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects. Answers included, 408 pgs. Revised in 2006.

An optional Teacher CD is also available. It contains the full text of the Teacher's Edition in PDF format. Although answers are already included in the worktext, the Teacher CD also features objectives, focus questions and additional background information for the teacher.

The software version of the program features the same activities as the worktexts, but in an interactive format. There are 10 levels of activities which can be played in either "mission" or "practice" mode. Approximately 40 activities are included in the software, with over 800 questions in all. Instructions are both spoken and written. System requirements: Windows 98/NT/Me/2000/XP/Vista or Mac OS X (10.3+), PowerPC. 128 MB RAM for either.

Category Description for Building Thinking Skills:

This is a very complete thinking skills program, covering all of the figural and verbal skills your children are likely to see on a standardized test. The publisher, Critical Thinking Press, states that Building Thinking Skills is "designed to significantly improve verbal and figural skills in four important areas: similarities and differences, sequences, classifications, and analogies. Proficiency in these skills is the cornerstone of success in all academic areas, on standardized tests, and on college entrance exams." They have scads of testimonials documenting the correlation between use of this series and increased test scores. We have no doubt that all the practice you get in using this series would, indeed, improve test scores. More importantly, many of the specific skills practiced here also have application in different professions. Other skills would seem to generally improve your ability to "see things" in different ways or train your mind to stretch in different directions.

The broader goals of this series are translated into specific skills and exercises within these areas. Learning is spiral within skills, within books, and between levels. That is, exercises progress in sophistication and scope within each book, and from level to level. This translates into several hefty worktexts full of practice exercises that children actually enjoy doing! Except for the Primary level, students can work pretty much on their own, proceeding as quickly through the series as they're able. If you're starting an older child in the series, however, use the suggested grade levels for proper placement. Teacher's manuals contain lesson plans and solutions. If you want to be able to correct exercises quickly, or feel some exercises need explanation, you'll want these.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Book, Other
Elementary/High School
Sandra Parks
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
2.9 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.25"
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I am home schooling my grandsons in Spanish; they need a break I used your books when I taught middle school in inner city Los Angeles and my students loved the range of challenges.
Sunny A on May 14, 2022
For use in classroom.
Linda M on Dec 4, 2021
I am home schooling my grandsons in Spanish; they need a break I used your books when I taught middle school in inner city Los Angeles and my students loved the range of challenges.
Sunny A on May 14, 2022
Building Thinking Skills is one thing my family has consistently done over the past several years in our homeschool. I give my kids one or two pages per day to complete. I feel like they've really helped them develop good critical thinking skills over the years.
Brenda M on Jan 27, 2022
For use in classroom.
Linda M on Dec 4, 2021
Peleaulani on Jun 12, 2021
I've used this before, and I think it's a great resource for teaching logical thinking.
Daniel R on May 11, 2021
I want to teach my children how to think abstractly and critically.
Jennifer T on Feb 24, 2021
Finished Building Thinking Skills Level 1 and wanted to continue
Rebecca B on Feb 2, 2021
I like this series
Kristi M on Sep 13, 2020
To help my daughter get better at critical thinking.
Ellen H on Aug 19, 2020
I grew up using these and in my 30's still remember them, must be good!
Alexandria P on Aug 13, 2020
Fun way to incorporate Critical Thinking into daily school work
Penni C on Jun 2, 2020
My older son used it so i'm getting it for my next child
Erica W on May 28, 2020
Has been an engaging subject for all of our children, all four books in the series have been great! Both math-lovers and lang art-lovers seem to enjoy these books. Simple to use. May need to remove the answers beforehand to remove the temptation to cheat.
Marina S on Sep 1, 2019
Every Red book must be accompanied by a blue one. Its just a rule.
Robert S on Aug 25, 2019
Great for growing great minds.
Mary K on Aug 15, 2019
Logic curriculum for my 4th grader.
Amanda V on Jul 27, 2019
Recommended by The Well-Trained Mind
Jessica O on Jul 17, 2019
We did Building Thinking Skills Book 1 this year, so for next year we will do book 2 because we enjoyed it so much.
Jennifer M on May 22, 2019
It is recommended in the Well-Trained Mind.
Kelly G on Jan 2, 2019
I've used other products by this company and enjoyed it.
Tiffany W on Mar 23, 2018
My older son really enjoys it so I wanted to try it for my younger daughter.
User on Jul 17, 2017
Based on the recommendations of "The Well-Trained Mind".
Chenchen M on Jul 5, 2017
I ordered this to help my daughter prepare for future study in former logic.
Lori M on Jul 4, 2017
I need a solid critical thinking book for my 3rd grader. This has good reviews and should be a good fit for our homeschool needs.
Michelle J on Jun 9, 2017
We finished the first level so now we will continue the series.
Christy A on Apr 14, 2017
I've used these books before and I love them.
joan b on Jan 19, 2017
I already own the teacher book and needed the student book
Gilbert B on Oct 7, 2016
Recommended by "A Well Trained Mind"
Nicole F on Sep 26, 2016
4th grader who hasn't worked through level 1 was able to complete end of book exercises easily. We needed more advanced material.
Abigail P on Aug 3, 2016
I needed a program that will help develop critical thinking skills as math does, without having to write as is needed with math. I have been using it with a child that struggles with writing and processing information. I am happy with the improvements that we are seeing, they are more than I expected.
Andrea S on Jul 19, 2016
We used book 1 and loved it. Time for Level 2.
Katherine M on Jul 14, 2016
teaches kidos to think.....which is unusual these days
Cynthia S on Apr 8, 2016
To build Critical Thinking
Brandie S on Mar 1, 2016
Recommended by The Well Trained Mind.
Rachel C on Feb 25, 2016
Recommended in the WTM book
Janelle F on Feb 18, 2016
We enjoy challenging ourselves with critical thinking skills each week. This material has so many great reviews, we decided to give it a try. We have used other Critical Thinking Company materials and have been pleased.
David S on Oct 29, 2015
The Well Trained Mind listed this book as essential for the beginning logic stage.
Elaine B on Oct 23, 2015
Building Thinking Skills is one thing my family has consistently done over the past several years in our homeschool. I give my kids one or two pages per day to complete. I feel like they've really helped them develop good critical thinking skills over the years.
Brenda M on Jan 27, 2022
Peleaulani on Jun 12, 2021
Does this series have Christian content, because we can not purchase if it contains this material?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We have used 2 different levels and did not encounter any Christian content.
Hi! I was just wondering if this book contains any sectarian material? It doesn't seem to, but thought i would double check . THanks! Anne
A shopper on Nov 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My recollection is that it does not contain any sectarian material.
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Building Thinking Skills-Level 2
I do like the variety of skills offered and so do my grandsons. We zoom and do the work together. I;m a guide which means I choose the pages they complete-hence I need to do the work prior to zooming. PROBLEM: holy moly-even with a magnifying glass I can barely read the itsy-bitsy print and I have bifocals-maybe fewer worksheets and more money for ink towards word enlargement.
June 14, 2022
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