Basics of Critical Thinking

Basics of Critical Thinking

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Item #: 060813
ISBN: 9781601445070
Grades: 4-9

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The Basics of Critical Thinking book is designed to teach critical thinking to middle and upper elementary students. Many workbooks claim to teach or develop critical thinking skills, but most of these products never define critical thinking or try to teach the meaning to students. This book defines and teaches critical thinking in a way all students can understand through simple explanations, diagrams, and short, engaging activities. In addition to being a course in critical thinking, the activities in this book can be used to supplement lessons in all subjects.

Although this book teaches common argument forms, its primary focus is identifying and valuating evidence the very basis of critical thinking. Most propaganda, advertising schemes, legal trickery, and bad science are not the result of complex arguments; they are the result of half-truths and simple arguments. Students who successfully complete this book will have a fundamental set of critical thinking skills they can use their entire lives.


What Is Critical Thinking?

Conclusions and Decisions

Beliefs and Claims

Finding (Identifying) Evidence

Evaluating Evidence

Inferring and Inferences

Facts and Opinions

Facts and Probable Truths

False and Probably False

Facts, Probably True, and Probably False

Venn Diagrams

Logical Connectives


Agreements and Contracts

Common Errors in Reasoning


Valid and Invalid Arguments


Analogy Argument

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For use in classroom.
Linda M on Dec 4, 2021
for my 4th grader as a supplement to our language arts.
Kellie F on Nov 10, 2020
For use in classroom.
Linda M on Dec 4, 2021
We are going to try it as a once a week supplement to the rest of our curriculum.
Carla S on Jun 21, 2021
for my 4th grader as a supplement to our language arts.
Kellie F on Nov 10, 2020
I want my children to be able to think for themselves and not be taught rote memorization
Cassandra S on Aug 27, 2020
Critical thinking is so important.
Mindy L on Jul 27, 2020
Very good
Luciano d on Jun 30, 2020
Recommended by a teacher for my kid
ambica t on Jun 28, 2020
My upcoming 6th grader will be using this book this year.
Jessica F on Jun 17, 2020
In our current culture, being able to thing critically is a skill that we need more of, no matter how old we are.
Allison G on Apr 23, 2020
Our family has used SO MANY books from the Critical Thinking Co. and I have recommended them over and over. My son is finishing up the Building Thinking Skills Level 2 (he is 5th Grade) and I am hoping this book will keep him developing his thinking skills in the upcoming school year. I haven't seen this one yet, but feel confident enough in the company's products to give it a try.
Michelle G on Jan 4, 2020
Love everything by them
Sarah S on Aug 10, 2019
looked interesting
Lois A on Jul 13, 2019
all critical thinking co books used for homeschooling
April R on Jul 13, 2019
Used this with my older son and liked the information and ease of use.
Shannon B on Feb 12, 2019
I like this company's products. I have been using them for a long time with all my kids.
Chad T on Jan 9, 2019
I chose this for Logic for my 6th grader as recommended the The Well Trained Mind.
Ellen M on Aug 16, 2018
This was recommended and hope it is good.
User on Jul 24, 2018
I read various good reviews about this book and am eager to dig into it, I thought it might be a good basis for a Co-Op Class.
Alison D on May 14, 2018
Simply form of logic study
Randall M on Aug 31, 2017
Using this book to work on middle school logic.
Wendy D on Aug 14, 2017
Every child needs to learn critical thinking. This is a building block to everything.
Kelly R on Aug 8, 2017
read about it in well trained mind
Denise R on May 4, 2017
To help improve our daughter's logic skills, her dad will work through this book with her.
Linda S on Aug 11, 2016
I've purchased many other products from this company. They are excellent.
Lauren D on Jun 30, 2016
I want my sons to learn critical thinking and figured the basics would be a great way to start.
Anastasia O on Jun 30, 2016
We are going to try it as a once a week supplement to the rest of our curriculum.
Carla S on Jun 21, 2021
I want my children to be able to think for themselves and not be taught rote memorization
Cassandra S on Aug 27, 2020
Hi, I was wondering how many pages does this book have? And how long does it take to complete? In other words, how many pages per day? Thank you so much.
User on Sep 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are 134 pages of work/text, although an individual lesson usually ranges over several pages, so you probably do not want to plan on one page a day. I am just now going through the book with my child: we are on page 17 at day 8, for a sort of reference. Each lesson so far has taken about 20 minutes to complete and another 5 to go over later. Also, there are answers for each exercise at the end of the book, just in case.
Is there a teacher manual available? Or are there answers in the back of the student book?
Sarah on Jul 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Answers are in the back of this student book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Bought for my 10 year old grandson and he loves it
August 23, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Basics of Critical Thinking...necessary
Sometimes we force our (children)students to dive into to doing hard things without giving them the basics first. This book is a great stepping stone workbook toward logical thinking. And because it's basic, that makes it extremely achievable for the students to do it quickly and without much struggle, complaining, or misunderstanding. Not only have I used this book with my own children, but I use it to teach my Intro. to Logic Class designed for grades 7-9.
February 21, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I bought this for my 6th grader. He is really enjoying doing this book. It makes it easy to understand the different critical thinking aspects that there are and it is preparing him for other more difficult books. We started with a different book but realized it was too much for him right now. I started looking and found this one and thought it would be a good beginning book and it is! I think after this book he will be ready for the other book!
October 29, 2016
over 5 years ago

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