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Thinking Skills & Key Concepts (Kindergarten)
Thinking Skills & Key Concepts
Thinking Skills & Key Concepts

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Grade(s): K
Activities: 435
Pages: 272
Format: paperback, color, reproducible

The lessons in Kindergarten Thinking Skills & Key Concepts are designed to enhance cognitive development through discussion and observation. This book uses powerful lessons to develop thinking skills important to academic success while teaching the key kindergarten common core concepts.

Students develop analytical skills as well as deductive and inferential reasoning skills as they learn the common core concepts. The lessons in this book commonly exceed the content taught in mathematics, science, and social studies in kindergarten. Many terms introduced in these lessons are taught one year prior to most state standards in order to provide practice for students unfamiliar with these terms.

This book also develops mental models of the key concepts taught in this book. A mental model is a framework for understanding a concept.
A mental model helps a student:
  • Find what one needs to know to understand a new concept.
  • Remember the characteristics.
  • State clear definitions or write adequate descriptions.
  • Explain a concept to someone else.

Teaching Support

This student book can be used with the free, downloadable, answer PDF (downloadable from the publisher's website) or with a detailed teacher’s manual which can be purchased separately.

Thinking Skills & Common Core Concepts (Kindergarten) is written by Sandra Parks and Howard Black who also wrote Building Thinking Skills Primary. There is some overlap in the exercises used. If you have already worked through Building Thinking Skills Primary with your child we suggest moving on to Building Thinking Skills Level 1 even if they're still in Kindergarten.

Concepts Taught in This Book
Thinking Skills: Naming shapes and describing the shape’s properties • Matching shapes, identifying differences • Recognizing and producing the next figure in a sequence, describing sequences • Classifying by shape and/or color, forming classes • Matching a picture to a description, describing people or objects shown in pictures, describing part/ whole relationships • Describing people, objects, and part of a whole relationships • Selecting similar family members, occupations, food, animals, vehicles, and buildings and explaining how they are alike or different • Ranking objects by a significant characteristic • Explaining characteristics of a class, exceptions, and sorting objects or people into classes • Describing above/below; inside/outside; front/behind; between/beside.

: Polygon Lines: curved or straight, sides (equal or unequal), number of sides, size of angle • Solids: number of faces, what shape is seen from each side • Patterns: describing color, size, and shape, color/size/shape sequences

Science: Food From Animals: color, liquid or solid, how we eat them, taste, how prepared • Food From Plants: type (vegetables, fruit, grain, seed), part of plant we eat (leaf, root, stem, fruit), kind of plant (vine, bush, tree), taste, color/shape/size, how prepared • Animals: type (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles), live birth/hatch from eggs, size/shape/color, appearance, habitat, how it moves (fast, slow)

Social Studies
: Family: relationship, age, gender, role in the family • Jobs: types of jobs (provides goods or services, emergency workers, health care workers, emergency workers), training, equipment, special clothing, building where they work • Vehicles: types of vehicles (emergency, personal, work, public transportation, recreation), size, number of passengers, where it travels (land/sea/air), speed • Buildings: types of buildings (residences, government buildings, businesses, storage), size, number of people who live there, what is sold or stored there, special features

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