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  • Item #: 006830
    ISBN: 9781564727299
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    This reference, keyed to Bloom's taxonomy, helps you to "build" your lessons and discussions through the levels of critical thinking. It defines each level (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation) and supplies typical question formats that you would use to address this level of reasoning. Use it for discussion in any subject area - including reading! The revised version contains more "teacher" jargon, but the two are very similar.

  • Item #: 015990
    ISBN: 9781564720474
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    Based on the original Bloom's Taxonomy, this reference helps you develop lessons through six levels of critical thinking, from lowest to highest: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. A definition of each term is provided, as well as key words and sample question formats that can be used at each level of reasoning.

  • Item #: 054687
    ISBN: 9781935495710
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    Same basic format as the General Science Notebook Journal. Space is provided for On Your Own and Study Guide questions and for developing Lab Reports. Graphic organizers to help with concept development and Module Summaries are provided for each module. Digging Deeper sections give the student the opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.

  • Item #: 060818
    ISBN: 9781601448866
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    The word 'Algebra' can strike fear into the hearts of many, but Critical Thinking Press has done their part to calm your math nerves and prepare students for higher level math in Understanding Algebra. The newest member of the Mathematical Reasoning line is a full one year algebra course for students at the junior high and high school level in a consumable format.

    The information in this worktext is a user-friendly format and presented in a step-by-step fashion. The text makes a connection between the arithmetic of the elementary years to the algebra they need to succeed in high school math. Twelve chapters begin with the basics and build upon each other Our number system, Evaluating Expressions and Solving Equations, From Words to Algebra/Translating and Solving Word Problems, From Words to Algebra/More Word Problems, Inequalities, Polynomials, Factoring, Working with Radicals, Linear Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Other Types of Functions, and Working with Algebraic Fractions.

    The author begins the book with a simple explanation of "What is Algebra," and then jumps right in. Each chapter is 20 to 30 pages in length and broken into topics. Each topic or lesson offers the student explanations and examples in a very visual fashion. Colored charts, illustrations, and graphs are incorporated for clarity of explanations. Within the lessons, students will be asked questions to assure they know the concept being presented and a 'more practice' section rounds out the lesson. Sets of 'Enrichment Problems' are scattered throughout the chapters to offer additional practice in higher-order thinking using plenty of word problems. There are no chapter tests in this book, so you would need to assess your student's understanding of the concepts by other means grades from the practice sets and exercises might be your best tool for assessment.

    New for the 2017 edition are chapter reviews covering and a final exam.

    A glossary that includes algebra vocabulary and an answer key are found at the back of the book. These are answers and not solutions. A helpful reference page is included. Students will learn about the history of math as they learn math strategies to help them with algebra and beyond. 378 pgs. pb. Reproducible for home and single classroom use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 025359
    ISBN: 9781601445797
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    Systematic method of practicing critical thinking in a test-taking format by teaching a four step process for successful multiple choice questions in two test areas: reading skills and math skills. Additional test taking strategies and common mistakes are reviewed.
  • Item #: 022728
    ISBN: 9781586093679
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    This study guide from Progeny Press, though tackling a slightly different topic, is just as well done. The format is much the same, although it requires three books to use (all of which we offer very inexpensively and are listed below for your convenience). The study guide begins with an introduction to poetry and its historical background. The first part of the book offers a short lesson in types of poetry, and the remaining two parts offer several lessons each. The second part focuses on elements of poetry, and the lessons deal specifically with lines, words, sounds, rhyme, imagery, tone, and other specific poetic elements. The last part in the book looks at designated forms of poetry such as the sonnet, blank verse, ballad, limerick, free verse, etc. The lessons in these two parts both begin with some information in the guide, and then the student is direct to read a poem or two per lesson and answer questions about them. As with Progeny's other guides, these challenge students to think critically about the selections. Scripture based questions are also tied into the themes in "deeper thinking" questions. 84 pages. - Mel
  • Item #: 014615
    ISBN: 9781557086594
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    This 28-page workbook contains information and activities about ancient civilizations that have had a direct impact on the western world. Twenty different civilizations are discussed, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India. Each civilization receives a brief description and a corresponding activity or worksheet. Students will need a map of the ancient world to complete the activities on four of the pages in the book, but the other activities just involve answering questions, defining key terms, and solving puzzles. Most pages also include a critical thinking question that requires students to analyze the information they have read. An answer key is included. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 006303
    ISBN: 9781629384542
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    Help train students' brains. Students will learn to apply thinking skills in language arts, math, science, and social studies in these short, daily exercises. You hear so much today about teaching students higher-order thinking skills and critical thinking skills. The bottom line is you want them to be good thinkers; to be able to look at a situation, think through it, and come up with a solution. These exercises are intended to do just that. Each activity focuses on a behavioral verb, listed at the top of each one-page activity visualize, distinguish, recommend, etc. Each day, students will read a scenario or word problem and complete the questions or activities as instructed. Photocopying is permitted for your family or classroom. 176 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 013319
    ISBN: 9781601445476
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    These workbooks were designed to be an introduction to the Editor in Chief series. Students first review the rules of grammar and mechanics by answering multiple-choice questions. They then learn to apply these rules by editing stories in a variety of formats. Units cover capitalization, punctuation, run-ons and fragments, dialogue, friendly letters, grammar, usage, and spelling. The last unit combines different types of errors into single exercises to review all of the skills simultaneously. The original Editor in Chief Beginning level will be changing to Beginning 2, and the publishers have created a "pre-quel" for 2nd/3rd grade. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 012354
    ISBN: 9781933339641
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    I've been waiting for this book for awhile – and I suspect there are others waiting right there with me. History of the Ancient World gave us a sequel to Story of the World for older readers but left us with the need to design our own curriculum and study materials. This is so much better! Now History of the Ancient World can function as a stand-alone high school (or middle school if your child is ready) history/geography course.

    There is a set of exercises for each chapter. Some sections – Who, What, Where and Comprehension – are answered in one or two complete sentences and can be done "open-book." The Critical Thinking section (not done open book) requires the student to produce a brief written reflection on the ideas presented in the chapter. The student is helped in this by preliminary exercises. The fourth section – Map Work (not included with every chapter) – asks the student to go through a carefully structured set of steps – tracing repeatedly, then copying while looking at the book, and finally, reproducing from memory. [All needed maps are provided in the back of the book. Map Work will require black pencils, colored pencils, and large amounts of tracing paper.]

    The set of 85 worksheets (reproducible for families) are in the back third of the book. The front third? Well, I guess you would call it the answer key, but it feels like more. Each item/question to be identified or answered is specifically referenced to the text (by page and paragraph number). Sample answers are given for each item including the essay questions. That's it! There are no lesson plans or additional information or teacher helps - just what you need to provide a strong history course. Although there are no quarterly or final tests, these would be easy to compile based on the information provided here. 533 pgs, pb. Medieval – 832 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 009869
    ISBN: 9780618118687
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    This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.

    The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.

    For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student-7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher-8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 069825
    ISBN: 9780321567918
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    For grades 7-9, this softcover textbook introduces the basic concepts of physical science: mechanics, forms of energy, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. The book is divided into 34 chapters and each includes very readable text in short sections, colorful graphics, "Explore!" (experiments), Concept Checks (questions with answers), and a chapter review (no answers). Appendices include measurement and unit conversion, linear and rotational motion, working with vector components, exponential growth and doubling time, and safety. The glossary will help with new vocabulary. This book is 888 pages.

    We are carrying just the student text, which is the required text for the Physical Science Explorations Self-Study Online Course from Conceptual Academy (#069872).

  • Item #: 068442
    ISBN: 9780439175401
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     Word problems can be something kids really struggle with, and to be honest, they can be confusing and even nonsensical (those 2 trains arriving at the station, come on!) What if a word problem was funny, relatable, and was presented to you in the form of a mystery for you to solve? With these mysteries, kids will get familiar with the characters used throughout the book, giving them some familiarity as they solve the puzzles. There is more reading involved than an ordinary word problem too--another plus! Each story is about 1-2 pages long. Recommended responses are in the back. Lots of tips are provided to prompt discussions too! A page called an Investigator’s Log guides students’ problem solving by asking them to restate the problem in their own words, write the information they have, the info they need, what can be done to solve the problem and then a solution. The last question asks, “How do you know your solution makes sense?” These would be great as a daily warm up activity to get those brains goin’! Reproducible for classroom/homeschool use. Meets NCTM standards. 112pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068030
    ISBN: 9780936110189
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     Have you been avoiding the topic of logic/critical thinking because you don’t how to explain it? I mean, how to you teach someone to think? This book has 30 weekly lessons, broken into daily activities. Each day of the week features a particular thinking skill: analytical thinking, flexible thinking, problem solving, elaborative thinking and originality. The student pages are reproducible and can be completed in a just a few minutes. It doesn’t get much easier to teach than that! It may take a total of 15 minutes a day total. Use this as a brain warm-up in the mornings! This can easily be used with a classroom or co-op, as well as the homeschooling family. Some random sample activities include: matching an emotion face with a statement, writing in the blank who might have said a particular statement, finding a maze solution in 3 turns, make a 3D spider with a paper and scissors, using letter clues to answer questions, food x-rays, verb puzzlers, figuring out a word that has been substituted with a nonsense word, etc. pb, 315pp, Tinman Press. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 067808
    ISBN: 9780545751902
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      This book contains a group of texts organized around a common topic. A main or “anchor” text introduces the topic, then the other texts in each set relate to the topic in some way (using a variety of genres). For example, Text 6 asks the question, “Why Explore Space?” There are a couple of video transcript articles, an opinion article, an online article and an editorial. Finally, there is a graphic organizer at the end of each text set, which students can use to organize their opinions and discussion. Each topic encourages students to examine and compare information, and thought-provoking questions are located at the end of each document to increase critical thinking skills. The book is divided into three thematic sections: Kids and School, Current Events, and Historical Events. Activity suggestions are also included to help students see things from different points of view. Because comparative reading is an important skill and emphasized in the Common Core State Standards, this book will help students practice reading a variety of nonfiction texts and use text evidence to answer higher-level questions. A Common Core correlation chart is also listed in the front of the book. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 067780
    ISBN: 9781441317407
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    Subtitled: “An Interactive Journal of Eclectic Exercises to Jump-Start Your Creativity,” this is a book of prompts to get you thinking creatively. The reader will be asked a series of questions – but not just the usual journal prompts asking what you like or don’t like. These will require higher order thinking skills. Your creative boundaries will be pushed as you figure out your answers. For example, one exercise asks you to put a dot anywhere on a certain page. No more instructions than that. Turn the page and the questions start: how did you choose where you dot will go? Were you being dismissive, impatient or playfully spontaneous when you made the mark? How do you usually respond to ambiguous situations? Did you consider other alternatives? Make more than one dot? Did you try to figure out the most creative answer? Were you afraid of doing it wrong? Does this fear inhibit your creativity? How did your choice reflect your usual approach to open-ended problems? What did you think on learning there are no wrong answers? And all of this is from putting a dot on a page! This exercise was at the front of the book. They get progressively deeper as you work through it. Fascinating bits on how our minds work and simple behaviors that can stimulate our brains introduce the thoughtful activities. Your STEM students will learn creative problem solving. Your artsy students will learn to dig deeper. A family can use it as a daily warm up or even for family discussion topics. An independent student can use it as an introspective journal. pb, 160pp, 6x8”. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064893
    ISBN: 9781572938182
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       How often have you heard or used the excuse, “I just don’t have time to do a daily devotion.” This little devotion book, “Three Little Words,” does away with that excuse. Written by a Christian parent, this devotional reminds us to “put God first,” “do your best,” and “just be yourself” – good advice put into three-word phrases. That’s what this book does – each day there is a three-word phrase supported by three Bible verses (quotation and reference) – no additional information or guidance. Each devotion is a simple read, and takes very little time – so no excuses for not fitting in a daily devotion.

      All scripture quotes are RSV, NKJV, KJV, and NIV. “Put God First,” Exodus 20:1-3, Matthew 6:33, Mark 12:29-32; “Do Your Best,” 1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 5:16, 2 Corinthians 8:10-11; “Just Be Yourself,” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:20 & 24, Proverbs 26:4. Keeping it simple helps you to remember the thought for the day and relay that thought to your children and to others around you. 256 pgs., pb. ~ Donna

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  • Item #: 062371
    ISBN: 9781607186250
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  • Item #: 060819
    ISBN: 9781601446497
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    Writing Detective Level One is a collection of 18 activities focused on investigative reporting. Students are given a short mystery story to analyze, with prompts to help them identify key points from the story: who, what, when, where, how, why. As they consider the elements of the story that help them answer these questions, they will be able to deduce or infer what actually happened. Their task from that point is to write a newspaper-style article that explains to other readers what occurred - keeping in mind that people reading their articles have not read the original story but still need all the details! Great practice for journalism and critical thinking. This workbook is consumable and reproducible for family use. Answers, including examples of finished articles, are included. – Zach
  • Item #: 060817
    ISBN: 9781601442420
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    Continuing the successful "detective" series from The Critical Thinking Company, the U.S. History Detective book can be used as a supplement to any history program, as a review course, or as a stand-alone text. The goal of this text is to encourage and develop critical thinking, analysis, and reading comprehension through the study of U.S. history. Book one covers the span from Colonial Times to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. Each lesson includes an informative text where each sentence is clearly numbered for easy reference. Colorful pictures, maps and timelines illustrate the text throughout. The question section in each lesson requires students to support their answers with specific references back to the text (hence the numbered sentences). This helps students get into the practice of providing supporting evidence for answers rather than relying simply on recall information. The various questions in each lesson will give students the opportunity to make inferences and draw conclusions based on their evaluation of the text, distinguish between fact and opinion, understand historical chronology, expand their vocabulary, link history with geography, and practice answering analytical essay questions. There are 65 lessons grouped into 9 sections. There are also more than 20 reviews throughout the book and answers to all lessons and reviews are included. This is a consumable book and permission is given to make copies for home or classroom use. – Zach
  • Item #: 060814
    ISBN: 9781601447135
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    When children are young, we teach them to recognize sequences, shapes, and patterns as prerequisites to math – important skills to build upon. This book from The Critical Thinking Company incorporates some fun puzzles to work with children at the fifth to seventh grade level to really get them thinking about math functions. Five different types of puzzles make the math exploration challenging – Pattern Predictor, Equality Explorer, Sequence Sleuth, Number Ninja, and Function Finder. There are eight of each type for a total of 40 puzzles that become progressively more difficult. Pattern Predictor asks the student to look at a pattern of shapes and predict where the pattern will be in future stages. Equality Explorer is like Balance Benders (also by Critical Thinking Press) where the student sees a series of balances with shapes on one side and a number on the other – the student has to figure out the value of each shape in order to equal the number on the other side (balancing equations). Sequence Sleuth shows a sequence of patterns, objects, letters, etc. and asks a series of questions in which the student is to determine future stages in the sequence based upon what they can already see. Number Ninja lays out a series of operations and tells you a starting or ending number. Based on the operations you have to determine the missing start or finish number. The fifth type of puzzle is the Function Finder in which the student is to determine what functions are being employed given the example presented – look for a pattern and understand it. An example of this last puzzle would be 6♦7=43, 8♦3=25, 9♦10=91, 2♦5=11. Based on the mystery function offered here, what would the answers be to 5♦9 and 16♦3? The mystery functions would be multiply and add one, so the answers would be 46 and 49, consecutively.

    Hints for solving the puzzles and solutions are offered at the back of the book. These are very helpful when you get stuck.

    I know this book says that it is for 5th – 7th grade, but I feel like the number-brain exercises in these puzzles would be good for even high school and adults. I have completely enjoyed working the puzzles in this book. Like other Critical Thinking products, this book is reproducible for classroom and family use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060549
    ISBN: 9781420680706
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  • Item #: 060548
    ISBN: 9781420680638
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  • Item #: 060547
    ISBN: 9781420680621
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  • Item #: 060546
    ISBN: 9781420680614
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  • Item #: 060545
    ISBN: 9781420680607
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  • Item #: 056095
    ISBN: 9781601444554
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    If you're looking for a "quick and done" computer instruction course, you may want to keep looking. However, if you want a series of lesson plans for "walking" your student through projects that interest her and which are a bit "showy," learning computer research, storage, word processing skills, and presentation programs along the way, then you've come to the right place. Starting with activities that assess computer usage knowledge, assess personal interests, and then select a high-interest (to him) topic may seem odd for a technology book but (as is typical with Critical Thinking Co. books) the goal is much broader than just experiencing various computer projects and completing meaningless mini-projects. Your student will be actively invested in "her" project, you will have lots of step-by-step help in covering various programs on both PCs and Macs, and the end result will be projects that encourage the presentation of information and communication with peers (i.e. essential leadership skills). Computer coverage includes: PC and Mac filing basics, word processing (MS Word, Mac Pages, Open Office Writer), presentation software (MS PowerPoint, Mac Keynote, Open Office Impress), movie-making software (Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie, Photo Story 3 for Windows) and animation software (Scratch). Reproducibles include project outlines, project contracts, assessments, rubrics, and informational handouts on various software programs. Each of the nine activities are outlined for the teacher and include key skills, guiding questions, materials needed (always includes a computer/laptop with one of software options), preparation, procedures, presentations, closure, and assessment. 74 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056094
    ISBN: 9781601446633
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    If you're looking for something a little different for science practice, consider this unique workbook from the Critical Thinking Company. It combines standards-based science topics with internet research and critical thinking activities to get kids familiar with online research… looking outside the textbook for information. There are 46 multi-page activities in all, organized into seven larger topics including: animals, atmosphere, ecosystems/habitats, energy, geology, plants and space. Each activity begins with a keyword search where students gain practice in finding information online to answer questions or fill in charts/graphic organizers. Other internet-based activities follow the keyword search, and include reading articles online, watching videos (all are found on educational websites and do not include any YouTube links), doing image searches, using a given website to find particular information, taking an online quiz, playing an educational game, or viewing an animation. Following the online activity, they use what they have learned to answer additional questions in the book. I really appreciate the variety and the depth of the follow-up activities as they involve a lot more than just recall and regurgitation. For example, after watching a video on photosynthesis on the Scholastic.com site, students are asked to "write a recipe for photosynthesis," breaking it down into ingredients, equipment needed, instructions and end products. Since there is an online component, you may want to be in the room or easily accessible to help and supervise your student, and there is an introductory video on the publisher's website that is highly recommended viewing before starting keyword searches. Answers to all activities are found at the back of the book. Pages have limited reproducibility rights within one home or classroom, but graphics are in full-color, so the copies will not be as exciting. 250 pages. – Jess

  • Item #: 055438
    ISBN: 9780984560905
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    How well do our children understand the principles upon which our country was founded? If they look around society, do they see those principles being lived out, or do they see people living with a selfish, entitlement attitude? There is no question that we have strayed from the dream of our Founding Fathers, but we can still recapture the values they treasured! The ten fables use comical settings (and illustrations) to explain concepts outlined by Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Locke, Paine, or Madison, and are followed by questions for both younger and older children that stimulate critical thinking about governmental policies. The critical concepts investigated through these fables are: national debt, private enterprise and governmental intervention, earmarking, socialism, eminent domain, outsourcing of American businesses, self-reliance and welfare, government intervention in private lives, fairness doctrine and free speech, independence and self-reliance. A great patriotic study of our conservative heritage for the entire family! Full color, pb. – Zach