As an educator, one of the most important things you can do for your students (and also one of the hardest) is to get them to think critically. Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a framework for you to focus on higher order thinking. There are 6 levels of thinking:
Level 1: Knowledge
Level 2: Comprehension
Level 3: Application
Level 4: Analysis
Level 5: Synthesis
Level 6: Evaluation
Slides 3-20 contain cards with color-coded questions for each level of thinking. I print these out and keep them on a handy ring so that I can remember to ask them while I’m conduction a read aloud or conferring with students. I choose which questions to ask certain students based on their academic level and needs.
Slides 21-29 contain cards with color-coded activities that correspond with each level of thinking. I have these on the same ring as the question and reference them often for fresh ideas to challenge my students to think critically about what they are reading or learning.