- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Series: Building Thinking Skills (Book 4)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Critical Thinking Co.; 2006 edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601441509
- ISBN-13: 978-1601441508
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grades 4-6) Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve students’ vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as their visual and auditory processing. This exceptional series provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success in any assessment. The activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students learn to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words as they: observe, recognize, and describe characteristics. distinguish similarities and differences. identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies. These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects. Teaching Support Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included, however, a separate Instruction/Answer Guide is also available but is not required. The optional teaching guide includes objectives and focus questions that reinforce analytical skills.
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Top customer reviews
After we moved, I continued using this series for my younger kid.
The book covers exercises in various developmental areas: logical thinking, spatial thinking, descriptive writing, vocabulary, patterns, classifying and identifying similarities/ differences etc. I have not come across any other book that covers a breadth of topics as this series. The most appealing part of this book is that the printed letter size is quite big and directions are minimal so kids can focus on the problem without having to spend time understanding the directions. For a new exercise the first problem is always solved.
My 8 year old finished the level 1 few months ago and is now on level 2. She loves doing this workbook and usually completes 4-5 pages at a time. It's a great supplement for the school, since most schools do not teach reasoning skills in their curriculum.
Now its three years later and I finally take the time to look through the book closely, and I agree with most reviews that the book is too easy for a sixth grader: I would label it 3rd to 5th grade. There are some excellent sections on how to use graphic organizers to learn how to notice details in order to write decent descriptions, and 30 pages of beginning analogies at the end of the workbook. Some of the sections on sequencing and pattern-recognition, however, get a bit tedious.
In case you are interested, here is a list of most of the contents:
*Chapter 1 – Describing Shapes - this is the details for a description section I mentioned.
Chapter 2 – Figural Similarities and Differences
Which Shapes Do Not Match? Finding Shapes, Finding and Tracing Patterns
Combining Shapes (i.e., if a figure were cut along dotted lines, which other figure could be formed with the pieces?)
Dividing Shapes into equal parts, Paper Folding, Symmetrical Patterns
Axis of Symmetry, Covering a Surface, Copying a Figure
Enlarging & Reducing Figures
Chapter 3 – Figural Sequences
Sequences of Figures
Turning (Rotating) Figures, Pattern Folding, Stacking Shapes
Chapter 4 – Figural Classifications
Describing Classes, Matching Classes by Shape, Matching Classes by Pattern
Classifying More than One Way, Changing Characteristics
Draw Another, Classifying by Shape, Classifying by Pattern, Classifying More than One Way
Overlapping Classes – Intersections (Venn Diagrams), Overlapping Classes – Matrix
Deduce the Class
Chapter 5 – Figural Analogies
Chapter 6 – Describing Things
Chapter 7 – Verbal Similarities and Differences
Opposites, Similarities, How Alike and How Different?
*Compare and Contrast – Graphic Organizer
Chapter 8 – Verbal Sequences
Following Directions, Writing Directions, Recognizing Direction
Describing Locations, Describing Directions
Time Sequence, Degree of Meaning
Transitivity – Comparison (which occurs earliest, latest, in-between), Your Family Tree
Deductive Reasoning, Following Yes-No Rules, Writing Yes-No Rules
Completing True-False Tables, Following If, Then Rules
*Graphic Organizer – Cycle Diagram, *Graphic Organizer – Time Line
Chapter 9 – Verbal Classifications
Parts of a Whole, Class and Members, Sequences containing classes and subclasses
How are these words alike? Explain the Exception, Sorting into Classes
Branching Diagrams, Diagramming classes, Overlapping classes (again, Venn diagrams)
Chapter 10 – Verbal Analogies (30 pages of introductory analogies)
Definitely recommend it!
I would have liked it more if they have provided a digital copy of additional set of problems along with this book to let kids do more practice.
Most recent customer reviews
The book itself is a very good product.