What quick tasks can I use on a regular basis to promote critical thinking?
Logic puzzles help students develop solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the early grades and are a great way to engage students. In addition, they are fun and provide lots of opportunities for students to share what they are thinking and how they determined the solutions. Weight Logic puzzles do exactly that and they reinforce algebraic thinking at the same time.
To complete the weight logic puzzles, students use the sum of the symbols shown on the scale to determine the value of each symbol. For many students, this task seems simple. You guess and check the values until you find a combination that works. But that level of thinking is just the beginning. The real critical thinking comes in when students use strategies, other than guess and check, to determine the value of each fruit.
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Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website and read my latest post, “10 Problem Solving Resources Your Students Will Love” where I share ten of my favorite problem solving and critical thinking activities. I also share links to some great free resources. Read the post here
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