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Yr4 – English > Understand, interpret and experiment with a range of devices and deliberate word play in poetry and other literary texts, for example nonsense words, spoonerisms, neologisms and puns. 35 pages of thinking activities and guidance
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$7.50
$6.00
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Yr4 – History > The Nature Of Contact Between Aboriginal People And Others 26 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring the nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, for example, the Macassans
Subjects:
Australian History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$7.00
16 ratings
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35 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring the journeys of explorers. (Australian Curriculum No ACHHK078) This teacher resource develops thinking skills aligned to the Australian Curriculum topic ‘The journeys of at least one world
Subjects:
World History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Graphic Organizers
$6.00
16 ratings
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Yr6 – Science > Changes To Materials Can Be Reversible, Such As Melting, Freezing, Evaporating; Or Irreversible, Such As Burning And Rusting 41 pages of activities, guidance notes and answers developing thinking skills and decision-making based
Subjects:
Science, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
$6.00
11 ratings
3.8
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Do you want to get your class thinking? In accordance with ACARA Yr5 achievement standards, this unit of work addresses the identification of cause and effect of significant events on early Australian Colonisation. This teacher resource contains
Subjects:
Australian History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Word Walls
$8.00
12 ratings
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Yr6 – Science > Scientific Knowledge Is Used To Inform Personal And Community Decisions About Electricity Use. 14 pages of activities and guidance notes developing thinking skills and decision-making based on scientific information. The skills
Subjects:
Environment, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
11 ratings
3.8
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By Thinking Skills For Children
This teacher resource is a PowerPoint presentation containing 38 slides covering simple, compound and complex sentences. It is clear and informative with exercises for the children to complete. It includes parts of speech, and the role of a subject
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
$3.00
16 ratings
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18 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day. (Australian Curriculum No ACSSU048) This product develops thinking skills whilst exploring why the Earth’s
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$3.50
16 ratings
3.9
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Yr6 – History > Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship: including the status and rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women and children. 24 pages of thinking activities and guidance notes aligned to the
Subjects:
Australian History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
6 ratings
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Yr5 – Science > Solids, Liquids And Gases Have Different Observable Properties And Behave In Different Ways 37 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring Australian Curriculum No ACCSSU07 ACSSU077 Solids, Liquids And Gases Have Different
Subjects:
Science, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
8 ratings
4.0
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A special two product bundle with 33 pages of activities and guidance notes. ‘A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape’ is the topic under investigation. (Australian Curriculum No ACSSUO33) Pushes And Pulls Move Objects >
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Physics, Critical Thinking
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
$6.00
$5.00
11 ratings
3.9
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Yr6 – History > Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship: including the status and rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women and children. 16 pages of thinking activities and guidance notes aligned to the
Subjects:
Australian History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
6 ratings
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Yr6 – Science >Energy From A Variety Of Sources Can Be Used To Generate Electricity 23 pages of activities, guidance notes and answers developing thinking skills and decision-making based on scientific information. The skills developed include
Subjects:
Science, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
$7.00
6 ratings
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21 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring how we can compare the life cycles of animals and plants. Support your students as they use their critical and creative thinking to consider the life cycles of animals and plants! These activities
Subjects:
Biology, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$5.00
$4.00
8 ratings
4.0
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20 pages of activities and guidance notes to identify the point of view in a text and suggest alternative points of view. (Australian Curriculum No ACELY1675) These teacher resources provide thinking activities in which students use the story of
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
5 ratings
4.0
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42 pages of thinking activities and guidance notes exploring the impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past). (Australian Curriculum No ACHHK046) This
Subjects:
Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$9.00
15 ratings
4.0
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21 pages of activities and guidance notes exploring how living have predictable characteristics as they grow.These activities form part of a series under the curriculum topic ‘Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to
Subjects:
Biology, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
$3.50
10 ratings
3.9
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21 pages of thinking activities and guidance notes exploring the characteristics of living things. Download the preview to see how our lessons focus on HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS! (Australian Curriculum No ACSSU044) This teacher resource
Subjects:
Biology, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
$4.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By Thinking Skills For Children
Yr6 – History > Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship: including the status and rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women and children. 14 pages of thinking activities and guidance notes aligned to the
Subjects:
Australian History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
3 ratings
4.0
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Yr5 – English > Understand the difference between main and subordinate clauses and that a complex sentence involves at least one subordinate clause. 25 pages of activities, guidance notes and answers developing thinking skills and
Subjects:
Grammar, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
8 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Founders of Thinking Skills For Children, Deb and Jo are teachers with many years experience and are currently working in a large independent school where they are responsible for Thinking Skills and Philosophy in P-7 classrooms. Deb Batchelor - Has taught for nearly 20 years in Australia and England - Responsible for implementation of the Australian Curriculum P-7 in a large independent school - Has taught gifted children in a self-contained gifted class for three years - Has written programs for the gifted for four years - Has written Thinking Skills programs for teachers of mainstream children and adolescents - Has coached teams for State and National Finals in Mathematical challenges, Future Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Academic Challenges - Has taught Philosophy for three years Jo Belchamber - Has taught for 10 years in Australia - Has taught gifted students for seven years - Has written programs for the gifted - Has written Thinking Skills programs for mainstream primary school students - Has coached teams for State and National Finals in Mathematical challenges, Future Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Academic Challenges. - Has delivered papers at conferences for gifted students - Has taught Philosophy for seven years - Scholarship Award Winner (NSW Guild of Teachers)

MY TEACHING STYLE

The introduction of Critical and Creative Thinking as a general capability in the Australian Curriculum has highlighted the need to equip children with the skills required to be independent thinkers who can make sense of their world. This is true of children globally. Both Deb and Jo are passionate believers that we should never underestimate what children are capable of. Over the years they’ve taught many age groups and are always excited by the children’s ability to think.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Deb Batchelor - COGE (Certificate of Gifted Education 2010 University of New South Wales) - BEdAPD (Bachelor of Education Advanced Professional Development 2004 Griffith University) - PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education 1993 University of Reading) - BA(Hons)Business Studies ( 1988 Oxford Brookes University) Jo Belchamber - COGE (Certificate of Gifted Education 2007 University of New South Wales) - MTeach Primary (Masters of Teaching 2001 Sydney University) - BSc.(Hons) (Biology and Psychology Combined Honours 1991 University of Exeter)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Our Philosophy Our experience has been that many teachers perceive their role as the deliverers of content. However, our philosophy is that we should also aim to develop thinking strategies and help students to have confidence in their cognitive ability. By helping students to ask better questions and by developing the skills they need to tackle familiar and unfamiliar challenges, our aim is to increase the motivation to learn, explore and become independent lifelong learners. Thinking processes are now recognised as being as important as information. The introduction of Critical and Creative Thinking as a General Capability within the Australian Curriculum has reinforced our philosophy and provided us with a framework for our thinking skills activities. The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MYCEETA 2008) recognises that critical and creative thinking are fundamental to becoming successful learners. Thinking that is productive, purposeful and intentional is at the centre of effective learning. (General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum January 2012) Thinking skills expert John Langrehr purports that students do not develop information processing strategies naturally. Instead, he refers to research which shows tremendous variety in the quality and quantity of students’ thinking strategies. Therefore, the explicit teaching of thinking skills is necessary. In conclusion, the aim of our activities is not to teach content but to enable students to grapple with new or familiar information so that thinking becomes the focus, not knowledge acquisition. The Thinking Skills Activities The skills being taught in these lessons are not skills like handwriting or counting in groups of 2. These lessons are not written to teach content. The activities in these lessons are designed to develop thinking skills. The aim is to support the children as they organise their own thinking and develop the skills to be life-long learners. The activities are accessible to all children and you will enjoy watching the children who don’t always perform well in the traditional classroom engage in the process of thinking and feel a sense of accomplishment. None of these activities take the students onto the content descriptors of future year levels. Instead they are designed to extend and develop thinking skills and the ability to organise thoughts (metacognition). To make the lessons successful, you as the teacher need to get involved. The activities are not designed as ‘busy work’. The more regularly you work with the children to develop thinking skills, the more independent they will become. These activities will give students the courage to take on all sorts of unfamiliar tasks, including competitions and tests. Research confirms that thinking skills instruction improves cognitive, curricular and affective outcomes (Brookhart 2010) for students from around the world. Brookhart, Susan M., 2010, How to assess higher order thinking skills in your classroom. ASCD. Note to Parents If you are looking at this website because you feel that your child could achieve more or because you believe your child is not being challenged, please be aware that some of the group activities are designed for the classroom but they could be modified to suit the home situation. No special equipment is required and all information and resources are provided. Most of the activities could easily be completed at home with a parent and one child. A note of caution however; the activities are closely aligned to the Australian Curriculum content descriptors. To expose your child to activities for higher year levels will not be advantageous, as this may lead to repetition of content. The thinking skills activities we have designed for each year level will provide extension and enrichment within the appropriate content descriptor. Questions? Deb and Jo would love to hear from you if you have any questions please contact us.

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