Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Building Thinking Skills Level 2
As a member of Timberdoodle's Review team I was given the opportunity to check out the Critical Thinking Company's Building Thinking Skills Level 2 activity book. This is a mammoth book with 409 pages of exercises and explanations. The book is divided into 10 chapters:
1. Describing Shapes.
2. Figural similarities and Differences.
3. Figural Sequences.
4. Figural Classifications.
5. Figural Analogies.
6. Describing Things.
7. Verbal Similarities and Differences.
8. Verbal Sequences.
10. Verbal Analogies.
Answer guide with explanations for above 409 pages Whew!
An example of an exercise in chapter 3 on sequence of figures is my daughter is presented with 3 boxes. Each is rotated in a different way. She is asked to circle the figure that best continues the sequence. Let me just say my daughter is determined and the chapter has 20 pages and she will probably need all 20 pages. Sigh.
On a positive note, Chapter 6 on describing things asks that my daughter describe dolphin. She wrote: A dolphin is a mammal. It lives in the ocean in groups called pods. It talks in squeaks...
The answer keys gives a suggested description to help you analyze how you might coach your child as their writing skills progress.
My daughter is in the 3rd grade and enjoys doing workbook pages. The actual grade level is for 4-6. But I have found this a very adaptable book. She likes it and that is what counts as a resource for me in the end. I mentioned that we are picking and choosing our skills but again this would be solid option for assessing your child's critical thinking skills.
The Critical Thinking Company's Building Thinking Skills Level 2
Authors: Sandra Parks, Howard Black
Black & White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Reproducible: Yes, for one home or classroom
Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.