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    THINKING SKILLS & KEY CONCEPTS - KINDERGARTEN by Sandra Parks and Howard Black Kindergarten :: Math

    Thinking Skills & Key Concepts is a new, standards-based series from the authors of our widely acclaimed Building Thinking Skills® series. It is a research-based instructional program that teaches beyond most state and Common Core standards by:

    • Improving young children’s observation and description skills
    • Developing academic vocabulary
    • Developing thinking skills that underlie content learning (describing/defining, identifying similarities and differences, sequencing, and classifying)
    • Improving students’ understanding of key concepts in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
    • Having students complete structured exercises to write sentences and paragraphs
    • Carefully sequencing lessons to develop thinking skills
    • Employing language integration techniques to teach thinking skills and key concepts

    Observation Skills
    Observation lessons involve concrete examples using detailed photographs which can be supplemented with picture books to develop observation skills. The student book provides pencil and paper exercises, but students clarify their thinking and learning by peer and class discussion.

    Academic Vocabulary Development
    The program builds academic vocabulary and mental models of important concepts. Students describe, compare and contrast, and classify geometric shapes, family members, occupations, animals, food, vehicles, and buildings.

    Spatial Thinking Skills

    • Describing Shapes – naming shapes, finding shapes to match a description, describing characteristics of a shape
    • Similarities and Differences – matching and combining shapes, producing equal figures, figure completion
    • Sequences – recognizing and producing the next figure in a sequence
    • Classification – classifying by shape and/or color, forming classes, depicting overlapping classes
    • Using positional and directional words

    Verbal Thinking Skills

    • Describing Things – matching a picture to a description, describing people, animals, or objects shown in pictures, part/whole analysis
    • Similarities and Differences – selecting similar people, animals, or objects, explaining similarities and differences
    • Sequences – ranking objects or people by a significant characteristic
    • Classifications – explaining characteristics of a class, exceptions, sorting into classes

    Mental Models
    Mental Models outline the characteristics needed to describe or define a concept. Each level teaches the significant characteristics of the concepts outlined in these mental models, but the first grade book explores each concept in greater depth.

    How We Know It Works

    • Increased scores on language proficiency and cognitive abilities tests
    • Increased scores on normed or criterion-referenced achievement tests
    • Proficient student writing
    • Increased number of students placed in advanced classes and subsequent successful performance
    AuthorSandra Parks and Howard Black
    Product CodeMR792
    Length154 pages
    PublisherCritical Thinking Press
    FormatSoftcover, Full Colour
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