Critical Thinking Through Observation and Interaction - Classroom or Home

Critical Thinking Through Observation and Interaction - Classroom or Home
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Inspire children to ask and seek answers to questions about the principle observe and interact including:

What does it mean to observe and interact?
How can I use these skills to learn?
Why are these skills important and valuable?

This lesson is intended to provide multiple ways to differentiate, learn, re-learn, review, and extend learning by offering a choice board of introduction, main lesson activity, and conclusion options. Mix and match, or better yet, have the children mix and match to meet their readiness, interest, and learning needs. Many of these ideas are great to share with parents as an activity they can do at home (e.g. share in a monthly newsletter or at a parent-teacher conference to integrate parents into the learning process).

(Note: As a classroom teacher, you do NOT need to purchase multiple licenses to distribute to your parents. I only ask that each teacher make the purchase once.)

This lesson includes 2 introduction, 12 activities that integrate several subject areas, and 4 conclusion options. In addition, this lesson includes one of my most popular lessons on helping kids learn to ask critical thinking questions and three observation charts that you can use to capture information for documentation and portfolio purposes.

Objectives: The child will be able to...

- Ask questions about observation and interaction
- Use all five senses to identify and utilize patterns
- Challenge oneself to take different perspectives on how to observe
- Recognize, contemplate, and reflect on how interactions have positive, negative, and neutral intended, unintended, and unimagined effects
- Analyze and evaluate how mindful observation can influence choices within his/her own life
- Plan (and perhaps take) personally meaningful action to use the information to further personal priorities and goals

For more information and ideas about this lesson plan, check out the PERMIE KIDs' podcast 95 at
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