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  • Item #: 023609
    ISBN: 9780894557873
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  • Item #: 041026
    ISBN: 9781601448972
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    If you like to solve mysteries, here is a new series from the Critical Thinking Company. Critical Thinking Detective is a short book (32 pages) of fun little mysteries about all types of thieves car thief, lunch money thief, necklace thief you get the idea. Simply read the short mystery and find the evidence against the suspects, a description of each suspect is included. A page for recording your notes and evidence against each is given; this is your opportunity to write it out and think about it. These mysteries are solved with careful reading and studying; some are more challenging than others, but they aren't intended to be tricky. ~ Donna

  • 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
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    ISBN: 9780756655976
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    ISBN: 9780894557859
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    ISBN: 9780894558016
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    ISBN: 9781601448231
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  • 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 #: 035286
    ISBN: 9781601442437
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  • Item #: 026753
    ISBN: 9781601441447
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    Are you looking for a way to challenge your middle school students while your youngers are enjoying Story of the World (or another world history course)? Becoming a world history detective will do it! This course combines critical thinking and reading comprehension skills with your students' standards-based history studies (ancient and medieval history)! Covered skills are impressive for this grade level: using supporting evidence, drawing inferences and conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, understanding chronology or sequence of events, use of vocabulary using context clues, geographical and concept maps, and timelines. There's even grade appropriate experience with college-level analytical essay questions. The worktext provides a passage to read followed by a series of questions - both multiple choice/short answer as well as short essay. A complete answer key is available in the back which includes sample essay answers that identify key points). Free bonus review lessons are available at criticalthinking.com/whd1). 362 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 021810
    ISBN: 9780894558030
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  • Item #: 032226
    ISBN: 9780894558344
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    Critical Thinking Press has taken their excellent approach for improving subject-area skill and higher-order thinking skills and applied it to science in an effort to help students improve both their science knowledge AND thinking skills at the same time! The emphasis here is in helping students learn and understand science with a critical language arts slant so that they will learn to read science passages critically, and write full explanations of their thinking to reinforce their understanding. The book is divided into three units: physical science, life science, and earth science. Each unit contains over a dozen activities, each on a more specific sub-topic, and tied to national science standards. Each activity consists of a reading portion, and a question portion. The reading selection explains the concept in detail, with paragraphs separated and labeled by letter, and important vocabulary highlighted. The right-hand page features questions on the topic the student has just read about. Questions are presented in a variety of formats, including true/false, short answer (full-sentence responses), multiple-choice, graph questions, comparison/contrast and more. An answer key is included at the end of the book. The questions emphasize using "evidence" from the text, and really basing their answers on text evidence before choosing an answer. This helps reinforce what was read, and in many cases, requires the student to really think about their answer before giving it. This would be an excellent supplement to any science curriculum that will aid the student in really understanding concepts, where other workbooks may merely ask the student to regurgitate facts. I could even see using this alongside a full science curriculum, for added reasoning and critical thinking benefits! Currently, only the Beginning level is available, but we look for more levels to be available in the future. - Jess
  • Item #: 021811
    ISBN: 9780894558023
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    ISBN: 9780894558641
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  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
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    Just as literacy suffered in the last century when the school systems abandoned phonics instruction, many people contend that handwriting suffered by the same educational system's insistence on beginning with manuscript handwriting. "Cursive first" is their rallying cry! Wanda Sanseri became convinced of this approach and has encouraged it as part of her Spell to Write and Read program. The Cursive First program was developed by Elizabeth FitzGerald to be used either with the SWR program or as a stand alone program of handwriting instruction.

    The "program" is comprised of a Teacher's Manual, Practice Sheets, and the Cursive Phonogram Card Set. The Teacher's Manual is designed to convince you of the merits of starting with cursive. But it also includes information for preparing your student, specific "how-to," directions for using the Practice Sheets/Card Set and a "troubleshooting guide" how to detect visual and perceptual problems. The reproducible (for families/classroom) Practice Sheets get quickly down to the business of practice no cutesy graphics. Lowercase letters are taught separately from uppercase and connections are taught from the very beginning in the natural context of multi-letter phonograms. Although solid and dotted line models are provided, the student is quickly weaned from tracing to more active writing utilizing narrow ruled, dotted lines for practice. The Cursive Phonogram Card Set (yellow cardstock, each page to be cut into fourths) includes instructional dialogue for writing the phonograms on one side and a sample of cursive writing on the other. Both numerals and the first 26 phonograms are included. Laminating these would preserve their use through multiple children.

  • Item #: 039546
    ISBN: 9780812970289
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    You don't have to have a degree in literature to discuss books with your child. Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone do such a wonderful job of laying out a plan that anyone can do it. This book is written to be a guide to begin a parent-child book club. It would also be a good discussion guide to use with your own children. The reading in this book is recommended for children in grades 2nd through 5th.

    The authors teach readers how to be "book detectives" and find the story hidden within the story. Stories are written in layers, and readers need to peel them away by determining which characters fit the role of protagonist and antagonist, the importance of setting, identifying the climax, and point of view. They even spend some time looking for the deeper meaning within poetry. Using this approach will allow readers to unlock the adventure in every story.

    A list of the books used by the authors in their reading groups is included. In second grade they include Mr. Popper's Penguins, Babe: The Gallant Pig, Charlotte's Web, Frindle, and various poems. Third grade includes Half Magic, The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Enormous Egg, and Bull Run. In fourth grade they read The View from Saturday, White Lilacs, The Giver, Animal Farm, and The Call of the Wild. The fifth grade list includes A Wrinkle in Time, Macario, Lost Horizon, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Time Machine. Along with the books used in their group they include some alternative selections. You are taken through some of the books step-by-step to illustrate how you can have discussions with your children in the manner suggested by the authors.

    I was surprised at what an easy-read this is. I really enjoyed the book summaries, insightful discussions, and the humorous way some of the information is presented. This is a wonderful resource for those who want to help kids experience literature rather than just speed through books. 206 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 034045
    ISBN: 9780590447874
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    No Sherlock Holmes here. Meet Dr. Haledjian, a famous detective who catches unnoticed details and can see through any witness's tale to determine the truth and bring the real criminals to justice. Each of the seventy-nine cases only takes a minute or two to read; but trying to solve the case can take a few minutes of investigation as you think through all the details described to Dr. Haledjian. Even after a few minutes, you might reach a conclusion as to "whodunit," but you might have to check to see if your detective skills are on the mark. Lucky for you, Dr. Haledjian has solved the case in a matter of seconds, and his accurate conclusion is printed upside-down so you can easily check to see if you were right. Trust me, these cases aren't so easy! I've tried my hand at several of them and they are pretty tricky. These cases are a great way to work on reading comprehension, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Are you ready to match wits with a professional detective? Time to find out if you are a modern day Sherlock or Watson! 158 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 004242
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    Reading comprehension just got a little help from Sherlock - Sam Sherlock, that is. For some children, paying attention to what they read or hear takes practice. High-interest material can help. This book leads students through many adventures with Sam, the famous detective, his dog, Watson, and a cast of other characters. Some "cases" are just foolish pranks; others are serious business. Regardless of the origin of the mystery, Sam is on the trail. Selections may be read by students or read by you. Students must read or listen closely to catch the clues needed to solve the "crime". Questions following each selection also give logic and thinking skills a workout as children work to put the clues together and draw a conclusion. The stories increase in difficulty as the book progresses, helping the reader to steadily increase his (or her) problem solving abilities. Other thinking skills get a workout, too, as questions ask children to predict outcomes, analyze motives, exercise judgment, apply information to other situations, etc. Answers are included. Is there a detective in the house?
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  • Item #: 070907
    ISBN: 9781683370192
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    These fun mysteries follow three friends through a year, with several holiday and seasonal stories. Read about their adventures and try to figure out the solutions behind an unopen-able locker, secret messages, and more. Once readers solve each case and confirm correct results, they open a detective's door located in the front and back covers. Each of the 29 stories is 2-3 pages and includes full-color illustrations. Parents may want to note that there is one Halloween themed story. 127 pp, sc. -Laura

  • 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 #: 067463
    ISBN: 9780986189920
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    The Teachers Edition contains the student worksheets (with answers filled in), plus two valuable appendices. One is a collection of literature and vocabulary games that will appeal to all learning styles. These can be incorporated into any books study. The other is a set of Supplemental Worksheets that can be used as assessments or for extra credit activities. Most are graphic organizers and focus on literary elements.