This lesson consists of a set of graphic organizers complete with instructions and examples will assist your students in developing higher level thinking skills. The templates easy to print off on one sheet of paper. The lesson plan details how to guide a classroom of students through the first decision making process, using your experiences as an example.
The next step is to provide each student with a copy of that grid to fill in with pluses and minuses indicating his or her situation. Finally, students share in large or small groups.
These original higher-level-thinking organizers have been tested in fifth and sixth grade mainstream classroom and proven to be engaging and thought-provoking.
Once your class has become familiar with the process, encourage them to bring their own decisions to class and share the topics so peers can discuss the possibilities and outcomes.
The goal is to help students develop personal problem solving skills that they can use throughout their lives. Classroom tested, students love the processes involved in this activity.
As an added bonus, encourage students to share the grids with their parents and engage in lively discussions.
The nine page packet includes lesson instructions, five templates and many additional suggestions for problem solving topics as well as student-tested websites that promote higher level thinking skills.