Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal with Answers

Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal with Answers

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Item #: 013460
ISBN: 9781601441591
Grades: 7-12

Publisher Description:

This engaging 384-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 7-12. 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 in the abstract verbal form and in the abstract figural (spatial) form in this book’s companion Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural. 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.


  • 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
  • Denotation and connotation / degree of meaning

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 3:

May be used earlier with students completing previous level. Activities are reviewed and have "branched" into additional skills and more sophistication, so much so that verbal and figural skills are now separated into different books. A very brief sampling of included skills: deductive reasoning, denotation and connotations, following and writing directions, time, degree of meaning, cause-and-effect words, flowcharting and scheduling, Venn and branching diagrams, congruence, area, volume, and rotation and reflection of two and three dimensional objects. Student books now include an answer key (but no teaching helps). An optional PDF version of the Teacher Guide is available separately, which contains the answer key plus a teaching guide (objectives, focus questions, teaching helps).

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.

Category Description for LOGIC / THINKING SKILLS:

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Elementary/High School
Sandra Parks
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
2.75 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.06"
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We had success with Book 2
Amanda S on Aug 17, 2023
Jose S on Aug 20, 2022
We had success with Book 2
Amanda S on Aug 17, 2023
we have been using these books for years and my students really enjoy them.
joan b on Jun 2, 2023
Jose S on Aug 20, 2022
it will help my daughter to think out of the box and be more practical and no a robot.
Marisol P on Mar 16, 2022
My 11th grade daughter needs to sharpen her logic and reasoning skills, and I love the Building Thinking Skills series, which I've used for both her 23 yr old sister and 20 yr old brother. They both have excellent logic and reasoning skills.
Christa L on Oct 16, 2021
For my 15 year old boy
Tracey R on Aug 21, 2021
Used this with my own kids and now use it in public school :))
Sue M on Aug 9, 2019
I have successfully used this with an older child.
Heidi B on Jul 31, 2019
I want to develop my son's critical thinking skills, and I think this text will be a great help.
Nadeen on Jul 20, 2019
Son needs help with his critical thinking, this sound very good
Kris Y on Sep 1, 2018
I have used Critical Thinking Company in the past and think they really help my children work their brains and prepare for standardized tests. It's just great work for the brain.
Tracy B on May 18, 2017
I have used Book 2 in the past, and I think these books are good for building critical thinking skills as well as building vocabulary.
Stephanie Z on May 15, 2017
need for critical thinking class. Critical Thinking Co is the best
Steve A on Jul 29, 2016
Need to work on thinking skills
Anita B on Feb 3, 2016
these books are tried and true and have proven to help strengthen my children's test taking skills and critical thinking abilities.
Rebecca K on Jan 12, 2016
we have been using these books for years and my students really enjoy them.
joan b on Jun 2, 2023
it will help my daughter to think out of the box and be more practical and no a robot.
Marisol P on Mar 16, 2022
Could this be considered a logic course?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: My brief answer is no. Although it includes some logic I would describe it as a book on Reasoning skills. It is a hefty book for literally building thinking skills that my daughter and I enjoy working on together. It includes: synonyms, antonyms, following directions, describing directions, reasoning, sequencing, sorting, classifying, flow charts, diagramming - venn diagrams, analogies, comparisons, etc.
The Logic books we have found good are:
Jason Lisle's "Introduction to Logic, Informal Fallacies "
Classical Academic Press Logic series:
"The Art of Argument, Introduction to Informal Logic"
"Discovery of Deduction, Introduction to Formal Logic "
"The Argument Builder"
Is this book (verbal) superior to the level 3 figural book for a student who is more interested in Literature/Writing?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2021
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal with Answers
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal with Answers
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural with Answers
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural with Answers
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would probably be more interesting for s Literature/Writing student although the skills in both books are helpful for students.
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