Teaching critical thinking is very important and needs to start early but explaining the concept can be tricky for primary grades. In this unit students use their critical thinking skills to understand the difference between reality and fantasy using unicorns and narwhals as examples. The students are presented with a worksheet with questions about unicorns and are asked to answer if the information is fantasy or reality. After they answer the questions they scan the QR answer card to find the answers. The students then answer questions about narwals and scan the QR answer sheet. Alternatively, a teacher answer sheet is provided for discussion. Through the activities, students will understand the difference between fantasy and reality and then go further into understanding how to spot the difference in other types of information they may encounter.
Included in the unit:
Task cards- Students sort them into fantasy or reality
Worksheets with fill-in-the blank examples of fantasy and reality.
QR code answer sheets with links to informational videos saved to the Talented Teaching Store drive for safe viewing.
Two craft activities-Students write a Narwal acrostic poem using facts and a unicorn acrostic poem using fantasy.
Evaluating Information task cards- Four cards that help students think about information they learn using the AABC's (Authority,Accuracy, Bias, Current)
Evaluating Information bookmarks with the same information to keep with them while reading.