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First Grade Thinking Skills & Key Concepts

Critical Thinking Company

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This highly-effective, standards-based, 168-page book is a research-based instructional program that teaches beyond most state and Common Core standards by: Improving children's observation and description skills Developing academic vocabulary Developing thinking skills that underlie content learning (describing/defining, identifying similarities and differences, sequencing, and classifying) Improving students' understanding of key concepts in mathematics, social studies, and science Students completing structured exercises to write sentences and paragraphs Carefully sequencing lessons to develop thinking skills Employing language integration techniques to teach thinking skills and key concepts Academic Vocabulary DevelopmentThe program builds academic vocabulary using these important concepts: describe, compare and contrast, and classify shapes, position, land forms, bodies of water, living and non-living things, food, animals, family members, jobs, vehicles, and places.Observation SkillsObservation lessons involve concrete examples using detailed photographs to develop observation skills. The student book provides activities that students may use to clarify their thinking and learning by peer and class discussion.Spatial Thinking Skills    • Describing Shapes – naming shapes, finding shapes to match a description, describing characteristics of a shape    • Similarities and Differences – matching and combining shapes, producing equal figures, figure completion    • Sequences – recognizing and producing the next figure in a sequence    • Classification – classifying by shape and/or color, forming classes, depicting overlapping classes    • Using positional and directional words Verbal Thinking Skills    • Describing – matching a picture to a description, describing people, animals, or objects shown in pictures, part/whole analysis    • Similarities and Differences – selecting similar people, animals, or objects, explaining similarities and differences    • Sequences – ranking objects or people by a significant characteristic    • Classifications – explaining characteristics of a class, exceptions, sorting into classes    • Analogies – naming the kind of analogy or completing the analogy Mental ModelsThis book teaches the characteristics outlined in its mental models needed to describe or define a concept.How We Know It Works    • Increased scores on language proficiency and cognitive abilities tests    • Increased scores on normed or criterion-referenced achievement tests    • Proficient student writing    • Increased number of students placed in advanced classes and subsequent successful performance