Critical Thinking Skills-for Beginners!

Amy Haselden
Grade Levels
PreK - 4th
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I work with a growing population of students who are having great difficulty with comprehension, inferring, retelling, creating sentences, details, and categorical thought. What do all of these difficulties point to? Low expressive and receptive language skills! Our job of course is to “grow” their language skills. Impossible? Not with the right tools and TONS of repetitions!

The following unit was created to start at the beginning and progress up to higher levels of concepts. The beginning stages of materials in our line of work (after objects) are pictures. This activity reveals pieces of real pictures to work on beginning to infer. Pointing out details will assist your students with building valuable language skills that can carryover to reading and writing using more attributes. I used pictures that vary from easy to more difficult. I use one or two pictures per session to build this skill. Sometimes, we do this activity the entire session because it works and it's super fun! Activities like this are also very useful for students with autism.

1. Step-by-step guide to begin this activity.
2. 56 pictures (28 detail pictures and 28 whole pictures).
3. Question sheet to assist with data collection

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.


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