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Think Tank Questions: Using Critical Thinking Skills

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Think Tank Questions may be used to make constructive use of short instructional minutes. They also are an excellent journal activity. Not only do the questions provide a short practice or a quick drill, but they motivate students since they are enjoyable, offer variety, and increase interest. Think Tank Questions encourage students to use critical thinking skills such as inquiry and reasoning while urging them to gather information and assess answers based on their experience and/or prior knowledge.

This 16 page handout contains 46 sample questions. Answers are provided for those questions which have a specific answer. For most of the questions, the answers will vary based on a student's experience or prior knowledge. Most subject areas are included in the various questions, and they are appropriate for grades 3-6. These are excellent writing prompts and can be easily used for writing across the curriculum.

You may copy the whole page of questions; then cut them apart to distribute to your students. Depending on the grade level you teach, you might give the students just one question or as many as two or three at a time.
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I've started a daily critical thinking time using these questions as a basis. Great!
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These are awesome activities for gifted students.
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Sue - Thanks so much for the positive feedback. These also work well with "normal" students.
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used with tutoring
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Love these. My kids are starting to think outside the box.
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April - That is the whole objective behind these questions. Thanks for your comment!
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What a great Advisory activity to get them thinking!
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I had never thought about using these questions in the way you mentioned. Thanks for sharing that idea with me.
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I am always looking for questions which cause the kids to make comparisons and evaluations plus take the pieces of prior knowledge and construct a final product. These are well constructed questions that will cause the students to think. They are great bellringer or focus activities. This is a quality product and very useful. A real bargain!
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Think Tank Questions: Using Critical Thinking Skills
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Think Tank Questions: Using Critical Thinking Skills
Think Tank Questions: Using Critical Thinking Skills