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OLSAT-8® Level E recommended for administration in Gr 4


Here are our suggestions in order for the typical highly capable child. The first two are the most important.
  • Building Thinking Skills for core verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills
  • Think Analogies or Thinkanalogy Puzzles for the nitty gritty on verbal analogies and lots of examples
  • Math Analogies for analogies using numbers and shapes
  • Spectrum Test Prep Grade 5 for examples of how questions might look on a test and general information on how to approach a multiple choice test (if your child is a good test taker you can pass on this one)
  • Creative Thinking Puzzles for a variety of puzzles playing with language and numbers
  • Mind Benders for logic
  • Think-a-Minutes for practice solving a variety of puzzles using skills that will be tested and similar skills.Learn to brainstorm and move on when you just can't see the answer.
  • Mathematical Reasoning if your child needs to work on core math concepts
  • Visual Mind Benders to challenge your child to solve a problem presented as a matrix
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Primary Grade Challenge Math Primary Grade Challenge Math

Grade(s): 1-4
Pages: 311

Primary Grade Challenge Math offers material that goes beyond calculation skills for those children who enter the primary grades already knowing basic concepts. This book allows parents and teachers to instill a deeper level of mathematical understanding and thinking skills in young children while nurturing a love of mathematics.

Our Price: $24.95
Visual Discrimination Visual Discrimination: Exploring and Solving Picture Patterns

Grade: 2-6
Pages: 36
Reproducible for single home or classroom use

Developing the ability to recognize visual patterns builds visual discrimination and critical thinking skills necessary for academic achievement. 30 reproducible worksheets of increasing complexity. Each worksheet provides the student with the task of examining pictures to identify patterns and sequences.

Our Price: $8.95
Think Analogies A1 Think Analogies A1

Grade(s): 3-5
Activities: 48
Pages: 56

Think Analogies® clearly, easily, and effectively teaches students how to analyze and classify analogies by relationship, category, and structure. Also available in a software format as Think Analogy Puzzles A1

Our Price: $11.99
Patterns in Mathematics Patterns in Mathematics

Grade: 3-6
Pages: 88

Diverse reproducible activity pages range from completing simple patterns to data sorting and classification. The activities develop conceptual skills that will be important to success in more abstract math subjects.

Our Price: $12.95
Upper Elementary Challenge Math Upper Elementary Challenge Math

Grade(s): 3-5
Pages: 380

Designed for students who need more challenging material than they typically encounter in most math curricula. Each chapter contains instruction and problems at 4 levels of difficulty. In addition, each chapter includes multiple “problem sets” in which a single problem type is presented in increasingly complex steps, illustrating how a simpler problem can progress from one step to multistep problem solving.

Our Price: $24.95
Building Thinking Skills Level 2 Building Thinking Skills Level 2

Grade(s): 4-6
Activities: 1374
Pages: 416

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.Also available in software - a game like presentation of the same exercises.

Our Price: $29.99
Math Analogies Level 2 Math Analogies Level 2

Grade(s): 4-5
Pages: 48

Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically are important problem-solving skills. There are few resources to assist children in the explict use of analogous reasoning with quantitative and spatial information. This series fills that void.

Our Price: $11.99
Mathematical Reasoning Grades 4-6 Supplement Mathematical Reasoning Grades 4-6 Supplement

Grade(s): 4-6
Pages: 320

Reinforce 4th to 6th grade math concepts and skills by asking students to apply these skills and concepts to non-routine problems. Applying mathematical knowledge to new problems is the ultimate test of concept mastery and mathematical reasoning. This is the difference between quantitative reasoning and math. Solutions included.

Our Price: $24.99
Think-A-Minutes B1 Think-A-Minutes B1 (Dr Funster's)

Grade(s): 4-5
Activities: 40
Pages: 46

A collection of fast, fun riddles, puzzles and teasers from a variety of out of print and currently available books published by The Critical Thinking Company. Activities include language development, math, writing, visual-spatial, and perceptual skills activities that build deductive, inductive, and logical reasoning.

Our Price: $7.99
Challenge Math Challenge Math

Grade(s): 4-9
Pages: 429

Challenge Math provides enrichment math activities and develops student problem solving skills. Over 1000 problems at three levels of difficulty to challenge even the brightest students.

Our Price: $24.95
Logic Liftoff Logic Liftoff

Grade(s): 4-6
Pages: 32

Challenging and instructional, these thought-provoking books present sequential exercises in logical reasoning that include relationships, analogies, syllogisms, sequences, deductive reasoning, inference, truth-values, and logical notation.

Our Price: $12.95
Pattern Explorer Pattern Explorer

Grades: 5-7
Pages: 96, perforated, reproducible

Rich and diverse collections of pattern problems for students to explore, investigate, discover, and create. Forty activity sets in each book are divided into five themes that appear in rotating order:

Our Price: $14.99
Mathematical Reasoning Level F Mathematical Reasoning Level F

Grade(s): 5
Pages: 384

Grade level math presented in a way which bridges the gap between computation and mathematical reasoning. Use for variety, fun and understanding.

Our Price: $42.99
Mathematical Reasoning Level G Mathematical Reasoning Level G

Grade(s): 6
Pages: 448, color
Answers included

Grade level math presented in a way which bridges the gap between computation and mathematical reasoning. Use for variety, fun and understanding.

Our Price: $42.99
Math Analogies Level 3 Math Analogies Level 3

Grade(s): 6-7
Pages: 64, perforated, reproducible

Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically are important problem-solving skills. There are few resources to assist children in the explicit use of analogous reasoning with quantitative and spatial information. This series fills that void.

Our Price: $11.99
Math Analogies Level 4 Math Analogies Level 4

Grade(s): 8-9
Pages: 58

Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically are important problem-solving skills. There are few resources to assist children in the explict use of analogous reasoning with quantitative and spatial information. This series fills that void.

Our Price: $11.99
Pattern Explorer Pattern Explorer Level 2

Grades: 7-9
Pages: 96, perforated, reproducible

Rich and diverse collections of pattern problems for students to explore, investigate, discover, and create. Forty activity sets in each book are divided into five themes that appear in rotating order:

Our Price: $14.99
   
 
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