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  • Item #: 060813
    ISBN: 9781601445070
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  • Item #: 005792
    ISBN: 9780894556418
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    Contains: Basic Concepts, Common Errors in Reasoning, Propaganda Techniques, Advertising and Schemes, Examining Arguments and Value Judgments, Learning to be Open-Minded.

  • Item #: 005793
    ISBN: 9780894550591
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    Contains: Uses & Misuses of Words, Logic without Quantified Statements, Common Errors in Reasoning, Techniques of Propaganda and Argument, Probabilities of Truth & Falsity, Logic with Quantified Statements, Characteristics of Arguments, Arguments about Everyday Matters.

  • Item #: 003486
    ISBN: 9781601445001
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    Young children will appreciate this hands-on approach to developing analytic thinking skills via an exploration of shapes, colors, and patterns. The activities require three types of manipulatives: attribute blocks, pattern blocks, and interlocking (or multilink) cubes. Like the Building Thinking Skills program, activities cover four key areas: Similarities and Differences, Sequences, Classifications, and Analogies. Simple activity instructions appear at the top of each page as a basic guideline for the teacher. The activity book itself is approximately 250 pages. Manipulatives are not included. Required manipulatives for this program are as follows: A) Pattern Blocks – set of 100 in six colors and shapes (triangle, trapezoid, rhombus (2 types), hexagon, square); B) Interlocking Cubes – set of 100 (plastic cubes that link on all sides, 10 cubes of 10 different colors); C) Attribute Blocks – set of 60 (pieces come in 5 shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon), 3 colors (red, blue, yellow), 2 sizes (large, small), 2 thicknesses). ~ Anh
  • Item #: 014217
    ISBN: 9780894559112
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    A brand new starting point for the Building Thinking Skills series, the Beginning course is intended for children ages 3 and 4. Pages are brightly colored and uncluttered, with exercises that look fun for kids this age to do. Basic skills covered include colors, similarities and differences, geometric shapes, inference, measurement, problem solving, and analogies. At a deeper level, two pages at the beginning show which exercises relate to physiological development and cognitive skills such as visual tracking, auditory processing, and fine motor skills development, among others. If you were to find an area that needs attention, you could focus on the exercises on these page numbers. No manipulatives are required with this book; however, some of the exercises show geometric shapes that look like attribute blocks. It would be easier and more fun for the student to have these available during the lesson, and if you go on to Building Thinking Skills Primary, you will need them anyway. sc, 218 pgs.

  • 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 #: 043490
    ISBN: 9781601441454
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    Not just a course in logic, but also in critical reading, reasoning, and problem solving as well. This is not a course designed for independent study, but is interesting enough to enjoy working through with your students. (With 4 children in the appropriate age range, weââ‚™ve taken to using the supper table for our discussion-type lessons. It sure beats some of our less educational dinnertime chit-chat! This series is broad in scope and topics covered (see contents below). The books contain interesting real-life situations. A ââ‚Å"logicalâ₝ follow-up to Building Thinking Skills from the same publisher.
  • 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 #: 054458
    ISBN: 9780936110233
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    At first glance, thumbing through this book, your impression might be "Isn't this a bit retro?" Pages are hand-lettered and illustrations are hand-drawn. The activities seem rather bunched together. However, if you look closer, you'll notice that each seemingly simple exercise requires a challenging bit of thinking. Four to six themed activities are grouped together on a page. Some examples of the themes are: garage sale, on the table, star bright, and automobiles. Activities are delightfully varied, requiring students to write, draw, make lists, analyze, and exercise their critical thinking skills. For added fun, the tops of the pages challenge students to write their names based upon the pages' themes (that's 50 different ways to write your name!). Answers are on the left-hand facing page and right-hand activity pages are reproducible (for families or classrooms). 109 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 011435
    ISBN: 9780894554247
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    Covers Observations with the Senses; Classification According to Properties; Properties of Matter - solid, liquid, or gas; Forces - causing change, rolling, measuring; Properties of Air - air as moving wind, air takes up space; Properties of Water - evaporation, water pressure; Buoyancy - in liquids, in air; Sound - vibrations, listening in the classroom; Light - shadows, reflection; Heat and Temperature; Combustion - safety precautions, burning time of materials, and volume of air. 41 reproducible lessons, 143 pgs.

  • Item #: 011438
    ISBN: 9780894554223
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    Covers Process Skills; Force, Movement, Work, Systems and Weight; States of Matter; Mass, Volume, and Density; Air Pressure - the pressure of the atmosphere; Heat, Expansion, and the Movement of Molecules; The Transfer of Heat; Flight and Aerodynamics; The Speed of Falling Bodies; Graphing, the Flight of Helicopters, and Controlling Variables; The Flight of Rockets and Action-Reaction; Inertia and the Flight of Satellites; Surface Tension; Bubbles; Sound; Light - reflection and refraction; Magnetism and Electricity. 80 reproducible lessons, 269 pgs.

  • Item #: 022378
    ISBN: 9780825162749
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    This book contains a collection of activities to help students develop their critical thinking skills. The book is divided into seven chapters focusing on different skills - judging the relevance of information; distinguishing among facts, assumptions, and values; understanding the relationship of conditions or events in stories; recognizing cause and effect relationships; rational thinking; persuasive techniques; and recognizing assumptions. Each skill is first introduced by a short example and exercise. The remainder of the chapter contains at least six different passages or stories, with questions to answer after each one. The passages are nonfiction, but interesting and appealing to kids. The questions are in a variety of formats depending upon the skill being covered, and include multiple choice, matching, long answer, and more to test comprehension and practice critical thinking. Overall, this well-designed course progresses at a good pace and appears to be both worthwhile and thought-provoking. Answer key is included. Reproducible. - Melissa

  • Item #: 008009
    ISBN: 9780825162756
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    For the high schooler, this series develops critical thinking and reading skills which focus on nine particular competencies. These nine fundamental skills were selected based on a survey of English teachers that asked them to identify the skills which are most important to student success in English. The "winners" were: recognizing and remembering key ideas; identifying the main idea; recognizing similarities; identifying sequences; the ability to cite evidence to support a position or point of view; recognizing differences between fact, probability, and opinion; the ability to judge the adequacy of information for specific purposes; selecting criteria to use for making judgments; drawing valid conclusions from the data studied. As you can see, these are not just skills to aid in reading and understanding, but abilities that will help students to succeed wherever problem-solving skills are needed. The apt title of the book was chosen because the authors "want students to be able to perceive what's important, valid, and the main idea of what they're reading, and not be misled or distracted by superfluous details or spurious arguments." Answers to the questions (which you will probably need) are included with the student book. Reproducible.

  • Item #: 039077
    ISBN: 9781593573133
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    Whether you're looking for your first or your five-hundredth job, this book will help you along the way. It highlights everything that is important in the job search process and then provides questions and worksheets to prepare you for your job search. Real-world discussions about struggles and successes in the job-search process are included, as are checkpoints to review all the information learned. The book is divided into four main units. Identifying Your Skills for School, Work, and Life is where students evaluate their time management, skills, life experiences, and more to find a job type that matches their skills, abilities, and interests. Two Best Ways to Find a Job covers understanding the job market, preparing for your job search, getting job leads from people you know, networking, direct contact with employers, and getting your foot in the door. Introduction to Job Applications covers the basics of an application form and how to prepare for it, how to answer questions honestly but in a way that will impress employers, getting an interview, creating a good impression, and practice applications. Why Should I Hire You? discusses interviews, knowing your job objective, what employers expect, giving the right clues in your interview answers, how to have confidence during your interview, following up after an interview, and getting ready for a new job. Each section includes "Think About It" and other review sections and outlines to fill out to encourage the reader to actually use the strategies provided. Practice applications and common interview questions are also included. This is the third edition of the book (formerly titled Identify Your Skills), and it has an engaging, easy-to-follow design and updated career information. Written by Michael Farr, this is a versatile book that will show jobseekers what to expect and how to prepare for a job-search. 248 pages, softcover. ~ Rachel
  • Item #: 019773
    ISBN: 9780974531519
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    Sequel to The Fallacy Detective, this is by the same authors. While the first book focuses on recognizing bad reasoning, this book offers thirty-five lessons for strengthening your reasoning skills. The chapters provide you with tools for thinking, tools for opposing viewpoints, and tools for science. Within these chapters, you'll find lessons on when not to argue, finding the premises and conclusion, determining primary or secondary sources, circumstantial evidence, keen observation, brainstorming, analyzing data, and much more. This book is formatted much like The Fallacy Detective, with plenty of clear examples throughout the lessons and lengthy exercises following each lesson. Answers included, 234 pgs. - Melissa

  • 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 #: 000114
    ISBN: 9781601441508
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  • 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 #: 013919
    ISBN: 9780894557927
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    If your child already has a basic understanding of analogies but still needs to work on the more complex aspects and needs practice, this book is for you. It contains 10 child-friendly lessons with examples that explain how to do the assigned worksheets. Each lesson comes with worksheets that get progressively harder to enhance skill development. The lessons in this book are entitled Seeing Relationships, Classifying Word Pairs, What is an Analogy? Clues to Reading Analogies, Classifying Analogies, Classification Analogies, Comparative Analogies, Descriptive Analogies, Completing Analogies, and Writing Analogies. The book also includes an Analogies Game to add some fun and assist in learning. ~ Rachel S.
  • Item #: 035895
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    Flash cards are always helpful for remembering math facts, but those usually require a partner and a specific deck. This game is essentially for this kind of practice, but without requiring others. Players go through a storyline, playing challenges such as collecting number bubbles to add up to a certain number, creating functional math operations, and many more to progress. One such game, where you must solve an operation while escaping from a rampaging robot (lest you be teleported back to the beginning) helps particularly reinforce the quick thinking simulated in flash cards. There are four levels of "Addition Subtraction" difficulties and four levels of "Multiplication Division" difficulties, which determine the variety of games and the types of challenges. This software is a fun way to reinforce math facts, especially for younger ages. Windows (up to Vista) & Mac. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 000421
    ISBN: 9781593631437
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    Next in sequence, this book presents a challenging array of investigations into the similarities between two things, building vocabulary and critical thinking skills. All of these are word analogies.

  • Item #: 058551
    ISBN: 9780071778459
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    You've made it to high school and math is still a challenge for you. A little review and practice is all you need for the math basics to click, and now you're ready to move on to the next math level. The Practice makes Perfect: Basic Math offers over 500 exercises in the areas of number sense, calculation, algebraic reasoning, geometric relationships, and statistical thinking. Basic math skills are imperative for passing the GED and/or preparing for community college, and this book reviews the basics – multiplication, division, negative numbers, square roots, fractions, and more. 184 pages of clear explanations, examples, and practice provide help for the struggling student and prep for standardized testing. The book is not reproducible and the answer key is found at the back. pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 065926
    ISBN: 9781611030112
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      For the student who hasn’t taken a “regular” critical thinking or logic course, this provides kind of a “short course.” A pretest provides a sense of what the student already knows. Each of the 20 lessons start with a summary, then very brief textual explanations, followed by short exercises. Interestingly, answers immediately follow each exercise. Lessons end with another short summary and suggestions for skill building. Coverage includes most of the essential critical thinking skills, culminating with a lesson on purposeful preparation for the SAT® and other exams. A posttest wraps it all up.167 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 002025
    ISBN: 9781483824154
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 001984
    ISBN: 9781483824123
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 002003
    ISBN: 9781483824130
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 040673
    ISBN: 9780890514931
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    This fascinating book by the author of Body by Design delves into the world of microbiology from a Christian perspective. Although many biologists look at microbes as clues to our evolutionary history, many Christian biologists see microbes as further evidence for an all-powerful, innovative Creator. Like other life forms, there are both helpful and harmful microorganisms in our world, and this book is designed to introduce the reader to the world of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. While discussing infectious disease and pathogens, it takes the stance that these are the result of a sinful world and were not part of God's original design. Ten textbook-like chapters cover: microbes and their unique design, useful bacteria, harmful bacteria, protists, fungi, viruses, the immune system, emerging diseases, the origins of disease, and future plagues and pestilence. Formatted similarly to a textbook, chapters are divided into segments with interesting "asides" and chapter summaries, and black-and-white illustrations and diagrams augment the text. A full page of true/false and multiple-choice questions for each chapter is found towards the end of the book, and a page of critical thinking questions has also been included. I also appreciate the appendix on bacterial genetics, as this is often covered in college courses and will be useful for students to become familiar with. A lengthy reference list, glossary, and index are also included. 188, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 001982
    ISBN: 9781483824109
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 001983
    ISBN: 9781483824116
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 002040
    ISBN: 9781483824086
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    Four areas of learning conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Basic concepts and skills, writing readiness, reading readiness, and math readiness are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh