Mind Benders Book 3 (Deductive Thinking Skills)

Mind Benders Book 3 (Deductive Thinking Skills)

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Item #: 003026
ISBN: 9781601443038
Grades: 3-6

Category Description for Mind Benders:

Deductive reasoning at its finest. Mind Benders books help students (and adults) learn and practice deductive reasoning as they are presented with clues to unravel and organize in order to reach logical conclusions. Becoming proficient in deductive reasoning will not only improve standardized test scores, but will help sharpen reasoning ability in all curriculum areas and in real life situations. As a child, I particularly enjoyed working these clue-and-grid type problems and consumed puzzle books full of them just for fun. I never gave a thought to their educational value. But perhaps it's no coincidence that I ended up a computer systems consultant..... Anyone doing Mind Benders for the first time should begin in the Verbal or Book 3 level to learn the deductive reasoning process before trying the more challenging levels. The original books are leveled A1-C3, and were out of print, but some levels are now available again. These original titles contained in one book. Where the original levels had 14 puzzles per book, most of the new versions include about 25-26. Surprisingly, the new books are about the same size (and similar price!), perhaps because they have condensed each puzzle onto one page where originally the clues were on one page and the grid on the other. Puzzles spiral slightly within each level and solutions are included in the books. For each new level below, we have noted the old versions included in parentheses.

Although Mind Benders Verbal is considered the introductory book in the Mind Benders series, Critical Thinking also provides two Beginner Levels (Books 1 and 2) which introduce deductive thinking in the format of the grid puzzle. While the Verbal includes questions like “Skip likes cake better than pie. He likes ice cream better than cake. What conclusion follows from this?” that guide the student to use their deductive reasoning skills, no clue and grid puzzles are included in this book. Instead, Verbal contains 100 brief exercises that introduce younger students to the critical thinking process. Books 1 and 2 each feature an instructional page at the beginning that demonstrates how to use a grid chart, and the grid puzzles that follow utilize pictures and simple words wherever possible so beginning readers aren’t more frustrated by the sentences than they are by the puzzles. Answer keys are included.

Category Description for LOGIC / THINKING SKILLS:

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Used these for years! I love the deductive reasoning skills and the kids think they are fun!
Damon F on Jul 20, 2023
We love logic puzzles and I'm hoping to improve deductive thinking skills with doing these regularly.
Shell T on Jul 6, 2023
Used these for years! I love the deductive reasoning skills and the kids think they are fun!
Damon F on Jul 20, 2023
to help my children learn deductive reasoning.
Naomi S on Jul 19, 2023
We love logic puzzles and I'm hoping to improve deductive thinking skills with doing these regularly.
Shell T on Jul 6, 2023
great supplement toward end of year for boosting critical thinking.
Tina T on Mar 1, 2023
My son is almost done with book 2 and I can see that his reasoning is better. He enjoys doing these as well, no fighting!
Jamey S on Feb 2, 2023
for thinking skills for my 4th grader
Renae T on Jul 10, 2022
Oldest has complete book 2 and is moving on to book 3.
Shanell T on Jun 18, 2022
My daughter loves these and requested this book.
Elisabeth V on Jun 1, 2022
We use these mind bender books every year for critical thinking practice.
Kristin B on May 18, 2022
Excellent critical thinking exercises
Ecaterina C on Jan 31, 2022
My daughter loves logic puzzles so I am looking forward to seeing this book and hoping she enjoys it!
Karen K on Jan 15, 2022
We love the Mind Benders series!
Bernadette C on Sep 20, 2021
My kids love these!
Alia M on Aug 19, 2021
I want my kids to have opportunies to learn deductive logic -- this seems like a great place to start! Can't wait to try it!
Rachel R on Aug 10, 2021
My kids love these books! Such great thinking skills required. I love them too!
Tristen A on Jul 26, 2021
logic for my 5th grade
Fabiola M on Jul 20, 2021
My 6 and 8 year olds loved doing mind benders every friday last year so we are continuing with each of their next level this year
Nicole E on Jul 12, 2021
Develops thinking skills
Brody C on Jun 2, 2021
fosters deductive reasoning skills
Annie L on Mar 17, 2021
I integrate these books into my children's school days. We do 1 or 2 per week....just enough to keep them on their toes and thinking critically. We love these and they are a fun part of the day for my kids!!
Zachary B on Jan 29, 2021
My daughters love these Mind Benders books. They're fun and help with critical thinking.
Ashley A on Oct 26, 2020
It is recommended by well trained mind in the logic stage
Amanda K on Jul 20, 2020
An introduction to logical reasoning for my elementary schoolers.
Linnae H on May 19, 2020
summer brain teasers
Meredith M on May 6, 2020
Recommended by a Curriculum Consultant
Kristine Y on Apr 23, 2020
Logic resource needed after using Logic Links
Nathan and Betsy V on Feb 4, 2020
Loved the previous book.
Susan S on Jan 2, 2020
Daughter enjoyed the Mind Bender Book 2.
Kristen F on Aug 8, 2019
Build logic
Aarika H on May 15, 2019
my oldest daughter has loved these books! buying this one for the younger one to start them
Alexa M on Apr 24, 2019
Starting Logic for first time this year. Good review from Cathy Duffy.
Wes E on Aug 15, 2018
the kids find them fun :)
Ruth Anne H on Jun 23, 2018
fun supplement the kids love!
Betsy B on Aug 25, 2017
My oldest loves these books and my youngest will love them, too!
Bridget N W on Jun 29, 2017
"My children have used mind benders since they were in Kindergarten and love them! Better activity than tv!"
Jessi G on May 24, 2017
My 7 year old daughter wanted this book for fun math games.
Christy A on Apr 14, 2017
Purchased this book years ago and it was a good puzzle book.
Jerlyn J on Mar 20, 2017
My daughter blew threw book 2, so I'm ordering the next 2 levels
Toni H on Mar 9, 2017
Working with young adult towards a GED. Teaches good problem solving skills.
N A on Jan 15, 2017
We loved the first Mind Benders book.
Jennifer S on Dec 6, 2016
Recommended by "A Well Trained Mind"
Nicole F on Sep 26, 2016
Needed fun puzzles that would increase reading comprehension.
Felicia P on Sep 20, 2016
Hoping to improve analytical thinking.
mark k on Sep 2, 2016
Recommended by Well Trained Mind
Marion G on Aug 31, 2016
My older daughter liked Mind Benders and my younger daughter wanted to try them.
Ronald H on Jul 5, 2016
entertain grandchildren on long flight
Joyce M on Jan 15, 2016
Good resource to teach children to think and reason.
User on Dec 28, 2015
my daughter loves mind benders
Cozette B on Nov 18, 2015
My second grade son loves these puzzles. This one is the next one in the series. I try to let him only complete one puzzle a week, not always with much luck. He usually begs for more!
Kristen F on Oct 16, 2015
My kids enjoyed the previous books in the Mind Benders Series.
Tiffany M on Oct 7, 2015
to help my children learn deductive reasoning.
Naomi S on Jul 19, 2023
great supplement toward end of year for boosting critical thinking.
Tina T on Mar 1, 2023
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A shopper on May 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I used it for my 8 yr olds. Ultimately will depend on the child it’s being used for. If I remember correctly, this one is fairly easy. The series gets more challenging with each level.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Purchase!
My 9 year old daughter LOVES her MindBender book! She enjoys working the puzzles and it’s challenging for her, but very fun.
July 31, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great exercise to make kids think.
This book is great. My daughter is loving it. It really makes her think because some of the clues aren’t immediately obvious.
October 21, 2020
over 2 years ago

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