Hands-On Thinking Skills - Critical Thinking

Hands-On Thinking Skills - Critical Thinking

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ISBN: 9781601445001
Grades: PK-1

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Young children will appreciate this hands-on approach to developing analytic thinking skills via an exploration of shapes, colors, and patterns. The activities require three types of manipulatives: attribute blocks, pattern blocks, and interlocking (or multilink) cubes. Like the Building Thinking Skills program, activities cover four key areas: Similarities and Differences, Sequences, Classifications, and Analogies. Simple activity instructions appear at the top of each page as a basic guideline for the teacher. The activity book itself is approximately 250 pages. Manipulatives are not included. Required manipulatives for this program are as follows: A) Pattern Blocks set of 100 in six colors and shapes (triangle, trapezoid, rhombus (2 types), hexagon, square); B) Interlocking Cubes set of 100 (plastic cubes that link on all sides, 10 cubes of 10 different colors); C) Attribute Blocks set of 60 (pieces come in 5 shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon), 3 colors (red, blue, yellow), 2 sizes (large, small), 2 thicknesses). ~ Anh
Category Description for Hands-On Thinking Skills:

Young children will appreciate this hands-on approach to developing analytic thinking skills via an exploration of shapes, colors, and patterns. The activities require three types of manipulatives: attribute blocks, pattern blocks, and interlocking (or multilink) cubes. Like the Building Thinking Skills program, activities cover four key areas: Similarities and Differences, Sequences, Classifications, and Analogies. Simple activity instructions appear at the top of each page as a basic guideline for the teacher. The activity book itself is approximately 250 pages. Manipulatives are not included.

Required manipulatives for this program are as follows: A) Pattern Blocks - set of 100 in six colors and shapes (triangle, trapezoid, rhombus (2 types), hexagon, square); B) Interlocking Cubes - set of 100 (plastic cubes that link on all sides, 10 cubes of 10 different colors); C) Attribute Blocks - set of 60 (pieces come in 5 shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon), 3 colors (red, blue, yellow), 2 sizes (large, small), 2 thicknesses). ~ Anh




Primary Subject
Logic
Grade Start
PK
Grade End
1
ISBN
9781601445001
Author
Warren Hill
Format
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
Weight
1.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Note: We no longer carry this item largely for the reasons mentioned below PRIMARY LESSON PLANS & TEACHER'S MANUAL This manual is neatly organized and easy to follow but I do not believe it is necessary It begins with five pages of theory role of teacher details of the manipulatives and some terminology The entire manual directs itself to a classroom teacher and assumes that classroom teachers are dimwits (As a former classroom teacher I cringe) The rest of the manual consists of a one-page lesson plan for every two pages of the workbook A workbook page (front/back) is referred to as an "activity sheet" The workbook pages are not perforated to tear out but you have permission to make copies for home or single-classroom use The front of each page is to be done together then the back (almost identical) is done independently There are 246 pages in the student workbook or 123 daily front/back Activity Sheets Each Lesson Plan includes a few Objectives a brief list of (obvious) Materials Teacher Instructions and further directions for leading the Classroom Activity (completion of Activity Sheet) AT OUR HOUSE this manual sits on the shelf Every day I open the student workbook read the brief directions and can easily understand the Objectives required Materials and how to do the Activity We do only one side of a page and this usually takes about fifteen minutes which is quite enough for our 4-year-old daughter We are currently halfway through the student workbook and I have not looked at the Teacher Manual since the first day - until now as I review it for you I've looked at the rest of the workbook pages and they are all just as simple to figure out The Student Workbook itself begins with a page of suggestions/instructions for the teacher and the actual Lesson Plan for pages 17-18 from the Teacher Manual as a sample As for the required manipulatives someone suggested foam pattern blocks because they don't slide which is great advice Look for linking (interlocking) cubes that are easy for children to snap together I do HIGHLY RECOMMEND this program - just not the Primary Teacher's Manual
June 12, 2005

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