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OLSAT-8® Level E recommended for administration in Gr 5

(The same OLSAT® Test is used to test children in Gr 4 and Gr 5. When scores are standardized to get a percentile ranking for each child an adjustment is made for age. An older child needs to get more questions correct to get the same percentile ranking as a younger child. If you have limited time or the suggestions here look too difficult for your child please browse the Gr 4 Level E recommendations.)

Overwhelmed by the choices? Here are our recommendations in order for the typical 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
  • 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.
  • Math Detective if math isn’t your child’s strong point and paying attention to the details within a question is something they need to practice
  • 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

OLSAT® and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® are registered trademarks of NCS Pearson (previously Harcourt Assessment Services) who own rights to and publish the OLSAT-8®. The recommendations made here are those of Think Tonight and are not endorsed by NCS Pearson
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Mind Benders Book 4 Mind Benders Book 4

Grade(s): 3-6
Activities: 60
Pages: 48, perforated
Features: reproducible for home or single classroom use

Our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles develop logic, reading comprehension, and mental organizational skills that are vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They’re also great for developing real-life, problem-solving skills.

Our Price: $10.99
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
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
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
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
Orbiting With Logic Orbiting With Logic

Grade(s): 5-8
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
Think Analogies B1 Think Analogies B1

Grade(s): 6-12+
Activities: 49
Pages: 56

Think Analogies® clearly, easily, and effectively teaches students how to analyze and classify analogies by relationship, category, and structure.

Our Price: $11.99
Think-A-Minutes C1 Think-A-Minutes C1 (Dr Funster's)

Grade(s): 6-8
Activities: 40
Pages: 45

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
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 259
Pages: 280

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective 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.

Our Price: $29.99
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 350
Pages: 384

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal 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.

Our Price: $29.99
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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