Critical Thinking Stems - Editable

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Thinking Stems | Editable | Sentence Stems | Say Something | Critical Thinking Stems | Critical Thinking | Dialogue and Discussions | Thinking | ALL Subjects | Thinking Stems | Whole Class | Small Groups | 2nd - 8th Grades | Super Heroes Theme

We all want our students to use their critical thinking skills when learning so they can get to that higher level of thinking.

How exactly do you do that?

In my classroom, I use "Say Something" thinking stems to get my students thinking critically. It works great to get them discussing their ideas with their peers as well.

Did you know that it's best to teach our students in smaller 10-minute chunks? I teach for 5-10 minutes...introduce new vocabulary, explain a math problem, teach a new concept, etc. Then I stop and say excitedly, "Say something!"

Students quickly turn to their partner and discuss what they think about the vocabulary, math problem, or new concept. It forces them to be engaged in their own learning and truly think about what they are learning. It also forces them to back up their thinking with good, supportive reasons so that they can explain their thoughts thoroughly.

Sentence stems are provided for the students, which takes the pressure of having to come up with something all on their own.

Once I modeled it several times and had my students practice it, they became pros at using say something to think critically.

I had say something posters hanging up in my classroom, and I also had a class set of say something sheets that were laminated. I passed them out any time we read. After every paragraph or page, we would stop and "say something". My students got so used to pausing when they read to think critically and say something. I found it to be an invaluable tool in my classroom.

Included in this set:
~ Half sheet thinking stems, one per card
~ Quarter sheet thinking stems, one per card
~ Half sheet thinking stems, with all the thinking stems listed (great for students to glue in their interactive notebooks)
~ How to use the thinking stems
~ Examples
~ Editable slides where you can add your own thinking stems

I used them in several subjects: reading, science, social studies.

I also used Say Something in math and designed specific thinking stems tailored for math.
Critical Thinking Stems Math - Super Heroes theme

Or buy both and save $$$! Critical Thinking Stems Bundle - Super Heroes theme

Say Something made me a better teacher by having me stop from talking all the time. It also made my students better students by having them think critically about what they are learning. It's a win win!

I used them throughout my classroom:
~ Whole class
~ Small groups
~ Partner work
~ Individual work.
There are so many possibilities!

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Enjoy and happy teaching!
Angela
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Lifelong Tool

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Critical Thinking Stems - Editable
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