Cross Curricular Critical Thinking

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Cross Curricular Critical Thinking

The best way to foster critical thinking skills in young students is to provide many opportunities for them to interact with the environment and through play and exploration practice critical thinking skills. As teachers we provide the materials and the opportunities for learning. We ask open ended questions, encourage thinking and exploration, and encourage children to make predictions based on their research.

1. Have a discussion about the homes that people and animals live in. Why do you think different animals live in different homes? Read A Home for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. Why does hermit crab need a new home? What other found objects could hermit crab use as a home? Students will be given a picture of a blank hermit crab shell to decorate with sequins, pompoms, scraps of paper, yarn, etc. Students will share their pictures and explain why they chose to decorate "their shells" the way that they did.2. Read In One Tide Pool Crabs, Snails, and Salty Tails by Anthony D. Fredericks. Discuss what the animals have in common with each other and how they are different within their tide pool community. Create a Venn Diagram describing the similarites and differences between the animals. Create another Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the children within the community of the classroom. The comparisons can be very simple such as gender, ages, number of siblings, etc.3. After a class trip to The Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay have a discussion about the job of the marine biologist who takes care of the animals in the aquarium. What does their job entail? Have children describe the job responsibilities. Assign each student a marine animal and have them describe how they would care for it.

1. Watch the video "There's A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea". Discuss the vocabulary words from the video such as conceal, grab, trail, and speed. After the children are familiar with the song hand out props so that each animal is represented by a class member. Act out the song and the action of each animal.2. Read the book I Am the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry. After reading the story the first time reread it again and this time as each animal is introduced create a circle map with a picture of the animal in the center and descriptive words (provided by the students) around it. Example: Squid-gigantic, blue, bossy, mean. Divide the class into groups of 2-3 students. Each group will have a set of animal picture cards from the story. Have the children sort the animal cards into 2 groups. As they are sorting they can describe their method-sorting by size, by color, by appeal, etc. This activity encourages a lot of conversation, sharing, give and take, and use of descriptive words.3. As the children are exposed throughout the entire month of May to different sea creatures and ocean themed words we will slowly create an ABC classbook of ocean related words. Everyone will contribute drawings, painting, and collages and it will expose th children to a lot of new vocabulary words. After the pictures are compiled the class will come up with a sentence for each page.A is for Anemone. An anemone is a home for the clownfish. The book will be laminated and placed in the classroom library for all to enjoy.

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Cross Curricular Critical ThinkingLessonsby Jan HertzfeldEDD/550Rachel WurmlingerJuly 27, 2015

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