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Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Lesson ideas from Pinterest. Membership is required to view them all, but
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No Quick Fix? Developing Problem-Solving Skills
A lesson plan from the NY Times.
A lesson plan in which students learn a 6-step process for solving problems.
Roots of a Polynomial Function
A high school lesson in shi9ch students are introduced to the four-step
Solving Using Tables
From BrainPOP. See also
Lesson Plan: Paper Structure
A high school lor middle school lesson
Practical Problem-Solving Lesson Plan
This lesson from a nutrition unit requires students to use problem-solving
skills to deal with "perennial problems."
Middle-Grades Problems for the Classroom
Students work in groups to solve two classic problems (Mangoes Problem
and Sailors and Coconuts) that can be represented and solved in several
Problem Solving: Math, Episode 2
An elementary lesson plan requiring students to explore different ways to find
solutions to problems or situations. See also
Problem Solving: Math Episode 1.
Working with Environmental Issues
A learning module from the
Peace Corps' World Wise Schools.
in which students use problem-solving
skills to address a real-world problem. It
is intended for elementary and middle grade students.
the Three Bears
A creative problem-solving lesson plan for grades K-3.
Problem Solving Resources
Puzzles and Mental Activities. See their
Problem-Solving Skills by Teaching Chess
Adaptable to many grades.
Solving: Definition, Terminology, and
A concise, informative essay. See also
What is Problem Solving.
Big 6 Model
Information and online resources
for using this strategy.
The Problem Site
Educational Games - Free math
problems, puzzles, word games,
brainteasers, and mystery hunts.
Creativity Lesson Plans
The Use of "Substitution" As A
Creative Thinking Tool
A lesson plan for grades 1-6.
Defining Creativity for the Classroom
A lesson plan used to develop a class definition of creativity.
Tests of Applied
Creativity, Logic, and Reasoning
A lesson plan for grades 5 or
6 that can be used in a variety of subjects
Active Imagination Lesson Plan: Everyone's Creative
A lesson plan adaptable to a variety of grade levels in which students use
their imagination to solve problems and create.
Creativity and Idea Generation
A life skills lesson plan.
A lesson plan
for grades 2-3 requiring flexible and
Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 dealing with stories
or folk tales that explain how or why
something exists (usually in nature).
Creative Writing through Wordless Picture Books
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.
Create a New Ammendment
A middle grade or high school lesson
plan from Education World in which
students demonstrate critical thinking
and creative thinking skills in developing a new
amendment to the Constitution.
Up a Spanish Storm: Using Creative Thinking
for Creative Writing
Ideas for an advanced high school Spanish unit. The site also
quite a bit of background information on creative
Creative Science Activities
Many lesson plans. Not all involve creativity.
Clasroom art projects that allow students to express their creativity.
Creative Ideas for Science Projects
The Adventures of a Cardboard Box
A lesson plan involving divergent thinking based on a film by the above
Puzzle Solving 101: Lesson 9: Lateral Thinking
A lesson plan that helps students "think out of the
Creativity is Great
A lesson plan from Great Britain.
Many lesson plans sorted by age
An art lesson plan for grades 6-7.
A searchable directory of lesson
plans using Crayola products.
Lesson Plans for a
Creative Writing Course
Lesson plans for a thirteen-week course!
Ideas for exploring fluency, flexibility, elaboration, redefinition, and
The Creative Teaching
An excellent site with articles, ideas, and information for developing
How to Promote Creative Thinking
22 Simple Ideas for Promoting Creativity in the Elementary Classroom
Torrance Framework for Creative Thinking
An explanation of this framework for creative thinking processes.
Creativity and Innovation Rubric
For grades 6-12. See also
Creativity and Innovation Rubric (Grades 3-5).
Many definitions fro California State University, Northridge.
Creativity for Kids
Arts and crafts
Links to "handouts" with concise information on definitions,
Critical Thinking Lesson Plans
Remodeled Lesson Plans
from the Center for Critical Thinking
selection of "remodeled" lesson plans organized by grade level toward the
bottom of the left-hand index. For information on the Center's
approach to critical thinking, see
of Critical Thinking.
Critical Thinking Lesson Plans
More than 20 lesson plans from the
Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics.
38 Inspirational Critical Thinking Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
On the Market: Thinking Critically About
Questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy and several "remodeled" lessons.
The latest activities from Teachable Moment, many of which foster
critical thinking on current issues.
NY Times Learning Network.
Rock or Feather? A Critical-Thinking Activity
From Education World.
Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension
to Categorize Books
A primary-grade lesson
addresses critical-thinking skills, observation
and categorization processes, as well
as reading comprehension and writing skills,
while at the same time providing teachers with a vast
array of diagnostics through observation of student
interaction and conversation.
of Simple Machines
An elementary lesson plan designed to promote the use of critical
thinking and problem solving skills to help students
understand how simple machines work.
Several lesson plans, ideas, and online mysteries to
teach critical thinking and reading comprehension.
Critical Thinking with Fables New and Old
A lesson plan from Education World adaptable for grades
Fiction: Focus on Critical Thinking
A unit for grade 6.
Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking
A high school lesson plan from
in which students write reflective letters to the teacher, identifying their
thoughts on the piece that the teacher is about to read. See also
Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Whole-Class Dialogue,
Analyzing Character Development in Three Short Stories about Women and
Camera, Action . . . Music: Critiquing Films Using Sight and Sound
high school critical thinking lesson plans from
Critical Thinking Resources
Higher-Order Thinking Rubric.
Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking
Tools, rubrics and lesson plans from Edutopia.
The Critical Thinking
Much information and many resources.
Thinking: A Streamlined Conception
Concise article written by
of Critical Thinking Terms
"An Educator's Guide to
Critical Thinking Terms and Concepts."