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Leaking Hot Air Balloon is a game for students in grades 4-12 to enable critical thinking and students' argument generation skills. The premise of the game is this: all players are on a hot air balloon together and it begins to leak. There is only 1
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.L.1
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"The Zombies Are Coming" is an interactive role-playing debate game where students will be assigned the roles of important community members and attempt to convince their peers of why they should get one of the precious hiding spots when the zombies
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.3.1b, SL.3.1c, SL.3.1d, SL.3.3, SL.3.6, SL.4.1b, SL.4.1c, SL.4.1d, SL.4.3, SL.4.6, SL.5.1b...
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Mayor for a Minute incorporates public with persuasive speaking skills in a game created to enhance their argument generation. Students will each have a set amount of time to create a one-minute mayoral speech to present to the class, on something
Subjects:
Civics, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.6, SL.5.2, SL.5.3, SL.5.4...
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Students will engage and strengthen their argument generation skills by providing full arguments for silly and absurd statements. Students will need to be creative with their arguments and focus on providing logical justifications for their
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.3.1, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6, SL.4.1, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.6, SL.5.1, SL.5.3, SL.5.4...
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Fake News is a research-based activity in which students learn how to critically think of current news and its accuracy through analyzing given evidence and using argumentative reasoning to decide its legitimacy. Students receive articles and read
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RI.1.2, RI.1.5, RI.1.10, RF.K.1a, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4
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Onion Ball is an activity which teaches students how to generate arguments quickly. Using slips of paper, teachers will make a ball of paper. Each slip will contain a complete argument. After arranging the students in a circle, begin the game by
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.1.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.L.1
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Students will learn how to incorporate evidence into their arguments. Students are split into pairs and given articles for the affirmative and negative arguments. They have time to prepare a speech that articulates a full argument with evidence from
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RI.1.2, RI.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
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Closer the Better is an activity that teaches students how to cross-examine arguments and use detective reasoning. As the game progresses, students will be able to arrive at correct answers with fewer questions. Teachers provide arguments with their
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.4, RI.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1b, SL.1.1c, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3...
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Examine the Teacher is an activity that pushes students to ask strategic questions that reveal an argument's flaws. Teachers will give students an argument with flawed logic, then the students will have to generate questions that can uncover the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4
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Finish the Argument is a fun, interactive activity in which students can enjoy practicing extemporaneous speaking and argument generation by using a game-based curriculum. Have students sit in a circle and craft a full argument through the "What,
Subjects:
Critical Thinking
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.2.1b, SL.3.1, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
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Not True is an activity that promotes recognition of false arguments. Teachers will read from a list of arguments; students will raise their hands, say "Not True," and explain why the argument is wrong.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.3, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
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Truth or Lie is an interactive game in which students learn both persuasive speaking and critical reasoning skills through presenting lies or truths while also discerning other’s statements.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.3
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Who Gets What is an activity in which students will need to make decisions about which people are entitled to a given resource. They must use value-based thinking to prioritize between different people and their different circumstances. First, read
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Character Education, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
W.1.1, W.1.2, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.1.1c, SL.1.2, SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, SL.2.1c
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The Good Monster game is an introduction to ethics, deciding which attributes are morally significant and which are less important. Students often struggle situating their thoughts in a broader moral context (i.e. I think X because Y and this is
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RF.1.1a, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.L.1
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Ruler of the Universe is an activity that allows students to utilize and apply their argument generation, argument interaction, and persuasive speaking skills. Student will have the opportunity to rule the universe for one minute. During their
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.6, SL.5.2, SL.5.3, SL.5.4...
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In Superhero on Top, students will pick a superpower and need to argue that it is the best superpower above all. After picking their power, they will use their critical thinking skills and their persuasive speaking skills to defend their power as
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.1.1, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, SL.2.1, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
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Role Reversal is an activity designed to promote extemporaneous speaking skills in students. Students will be given a topic and a role; they have one minute to prepare a speech on the topic given their role. Students will speak for a given time then
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.1.4, SL.2.4, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
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Lil' Shark Tank brings the fun and creativity of the show "Shark Tank" to the classroom! The activity is designed to hone logic skills and develop confident public speaking. Split the students into small groups and announce a problem that requires a
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, SL.2.4, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.3
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Spot the Article is a game that promotes research skills in a fun environment. Students are split into teams and given articles of the same difficulty level (without the article's title). The goal is to find the article online first and then discuss
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Critical Thinking, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RI.3.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7
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Role Play Debate helps students practice their perspective-taking, empathy, and argument generation skills through a mock debate. Teachers should choose a scenario that has several viewpoints on one issue and multiple roles for each student to play.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Oral Communication
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.1.1, SL.1.1b, SL.1.4, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.L.1
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CEO of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Debate it Forward. Debate it Forward is an education nonprofit that utilizes core debate skills to enhance students' empathy, self-efficacy, and critical thinking. Results show 88% of our student show improvements in these areas.

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Forbes Under 30 scholar; Milken-Penn finalist; Clinton Global Initiative participant; Global Engagement Summit participant

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University of Chicago graduate

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