Critical Thinking Math Activities Kindergarten



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Balance Benders
Given that = ? on a balance scale, then which of the following simple algebraic expressions is also true? (Grades 2-4)

Following Directions
Follow the directions to mark the appropriate shapes. (Grades K-2)

Combining Attribute Blocks
Determine which figures can be made by combining two different attribute block shapes. (Grades K-2)

Naming Foods: Matching
Trace and copy each food name. Then draw a line from each food to its name. (Grades K-2)

Can You Find Me? (#1)
Use the rhyming clues to determine which picture the rhyme describes. (Grades K-2)

Can You Find Me? (#2)
Use the rhyming clues about words that begin with the /f/ sound to find one other /f/ word.

Lemur
Think about lemurs and birds, then finish the picture of the lemur. (Grades K-2)

Camel
Think about temperatures (warmer, colder) and finish the picture of the camel. (Grades K-2)

Non-Poisonous Snake
Figure out the shape of the snakes cage and then complete the picture of the snake. (Grades K-2)

Poisonous Snake
Figure out the shape of the snakes cage and then complete the picture of the snake. (Grades K-2)

An Indecent Chicken?
Read the true story. Then make an inference based on the evidence in the story. (Grades 2-4)

Push and Pull
This hands-on activity with common objects teaches the concept of force. (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#1)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#2)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#3)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#4)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#5)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Classifying: Color and Shape
Using two different colors of interlocking cubes, make two copies of each figure. (Grades K-2)

Verb Tenses
Use the words in the box to write the correct verb tense for each sentence. (Grades K-2)

Syllables
Use the clues about syllables to reason each animals name. (Grades K-2)

High Frequency Words: Colors
Circle the color words and then put them in alphabetical order. (Grades 1-2)

Math Analogies
Complete each math analogy by drawing the correct shape. (Grades K-2)

Sets
Circle each set that has three objects in it. (Grades K-2)

Math Reasoning and Baseball
How many total bases do you touch if you hit a single, double, triple, and home run? (Grades K-2)

Fruit Tree Addition
Count the fruit on the trees, then write the simple sum. (Grades K-2)

Metric Units: Temperature
Choose the temperature (Celsius) that matches each activity. (Grades 1-3)

Four Houses
Use the clues and the chart to help you figure out which house belongs to each person. (Grades K-2)

Four Cats
Use the clues and the chart to help you figure out which cat belongs to each family member. (Grades K-2)

Which Is Which?
Use the clues and your reasoning skills to figure out the answer to each question. (Grades K-2)

An Old-Fashioned Saturday
Read the story about collecting sap from maple trees, then answer the questions. (Grades 1-3)

Read and Find Comprehension
Read the list of 12 words. Can you find all 12 things in the picture? (Grades K-2)

Time and Measurement
Think hard about these tricky questions. (Grades 2-4)

Word Matrix
Fill in the boxes of each column with words belonging to that group. (Grades K-2)

Brain Ticklers
Figure out the number and the family names. (Grades K-2)

Thinker Doodles: Bunnies
Complete the bunny drawings and then color them as the directions suggest. (Grades K-2)

Thinker Doodles: Dinosaurs
Complete the dinosaur drawings and then color them as the directions suggest. (Grades K-2)

Mazes Pretest
Draw a line from the person to the house. Remember not to cross any lines. (Grades K-2)

Visual Figure Ground Activity
Follow directions. Dont let the confusing picture confuse you! (Grades K-2)

Find the Matching Figure
Match the figures. Look closely -- the matching figures may be hiding. (Grades K-2)

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Critical thinking has become a buzzword in education. In the past, the emphasis in classrooms has been on imparting information and content — the times tables or the capitals of the United States, for example. In recent years, however, there's been a shift toward teaching critical thinking, a skill that elevates thinking beyond memorization into the realm of analysis and logic.

Put another way, critical thinking is about knowing how to think, not what to think. Teachers use a number of techniques to help students learn critical thinking, starting as early as kindergarten and ramping up especially in 2nd grade and beyond. Below are a few of the methods educators employ; you can try them at home to help your child become a critical thinker.

  • Critical thinking: Ask open-ended questions. Asking questions that don't have one right answer encourages children to respond creatively without being afraid of giving the wrong answer.
  • Critical thinking: Categorize and classify. Classification plays an important role in critical thinking because it requires identification and sorting according to a rule, or set of rules, that kids must discover, understand, and apply. If you play classification games at home, be sure to follow up the activity with questions about the similarities and differences between the groups. You can sort everything from dirty laundry to Legos to produce to doll clothes to promote critical thinking.
  • Critical thinking: Work in groups. In a group setting, students are exposed to the thought processes of their peers. Thus, they can begin to understand how others think and that there are multiple ways of approaching problems — not just one correct way.
  • Critical thinking: Make decisions. Help your child consider pros and cons, but don't be afraid to let her make a wrong choice. Then evaluate the decision later. Ask your child, "How do you feel about your decision? What would you do differently next time?"
  • Critical thinking: Find patterns. Whatever you're doing, whether it's going to the park or watching television, encourage your child to look for patterns or make connections for critcal thinking practice. For example, relate a favorite television show to a real-life situation. Or, while driving in the car, have your child identify different shapes in roads signs and in the windows and roofs of passing houses. 

It might be tempting to pass off the critical thinking buzz as just another fad in education. However, most teachers disagree. It's still important for your child to know his multiplication tables, but it's just as vital for him to know how and when to use them.

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