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Third Grade Critical Thinking Activities For Preschoolers



Welcome to Education World's Work Sheet Library. In this section of our library, we present more than 100 ready-to-print student work sheets organized by grade level. Click on a grade level folder below to find a library of work sheets that you can use with your students to build a wide variety of critical thinking skills. All the work sheets in this library were provided to Education World by our partners at CriticalThinking.com. Click on the small banner advertisement above for a complete catalog of CriticalThinking.com teacher-ready activities.)

 


Visit Education World's Work Sheet Library for a wide variety of free printables for use across the curriculum and across the grades.

Quotes
Solve the math problems to get the letters to a quote. (Grades 3-5)

Jokes
Solve the math problems to get the letters to a joke. (Grades 3-5)

The Old House
Use math to figure out how to fix the old house. (Grades 3-5)

Balance Algebra
Use Algebra to balance the scales. (Grades 3-5)

Balance Benders
Given some facts, which objects weight will even off the scales? (Grades 3-5)

Paper Folding
Draw how a folded sheet of paper with holes punched in it will look when unfolded. (Grades 3-5)

Analogies With Shapes
Which shape completes the analogy? (Grades 3-5)

Penguin
Color the thermometer to show the freezing point, then complete the picture of the pengin. (Grades 3-5)

Name That City
Read the story. Then make an inference based on the evidence in the story. (Grades 3-5)

Von Bayers Girlfriend
Read the true story. Then make an inference based on the evidence in the story. (Grades 3-5)

Whale of a Good Time
Read the story. Then make an inference based on the evidence in the story. (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason (#2)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason (#3)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason (#4)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason (#5)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Rhyme and Reason (#6)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades 3-5)

Antarctica
Find 8 errors in this brief article about Antarctica. (Grades 3-5)

The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster
Find 7 errors in this brief article about the Loch Ness monster. (Grades 3-5)

Big Sky Country
A friendly letter about Montana helps reinforce letter-writing skills. (Grades 3-5)

Common Nouns
Find and write six common nouns found in each picture. (Grades 3-5)

Math Analogies
Can you correctly complete each of these math analogies? (Grades 3-5)

Math Analogies (#2)
Can you correctly complete each of these math analogies? (Grades 3-5)

The Best Pancake Recipe
Find the math answers in this story about Olgas sleepover party. (Grades 3-5)

The Color Spinner
Who is most likely to win the Color Spinner game? (Grades 3-5)

Leafy Lengths
Complete the graph to show the length of the leaves that Luis and Amy found. (Grades 3-5)

Allowance Graph
Answer questions about a graph that show how much allowance five kids get. (Grades 3-5)

Line of Symmetry
Which of the six shapes shown on this page are symmetrical? (Grades 3-5)

Find the Nickname
These clues will help you figure out each kids nickname. (Grades 3-5)

Order of Age
Use the clues to order three kids ages from youngest to oldest. (Grades 3-5)

Lots of Rocks
Use the clues to figure out the locations of three rocks. (Grades 3-5)

Theyre in the Band
Use the clues to figure out which instrument each kid plays. (Grades 3-5)

Novel Thinking
Read the definition. Write the vocabulary word and its part of speech. (Grades 3-5)

Maniac Magee
Answer questions with evidence in this excerpt from Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. (Grades 3-5)

The Moon by Night
Answer questions with evidence in this excerpt from The Moon by Night by Madeleine LEngle. (Grades 3-5)

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Answer questions about this excerpt from Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. (Grades 3-5)

Pass the Salt
Use evidence from this story to answer the questions about it. (Grades 3-5)

Science Detective: Cells
Read the article. Then answer the True/False questions about it. (Grades 4-8)

Science Detective: Change of Phase
Use evidence from this article about friction and states of matter to answer the questions. (Grades 4-7)

Scratch Your Brain
Use addition and subtraction to figure out solutions to these brain benders. (Grades 3-5)

From One Word to the Next
Change a letter in the previous word to make the word that completes each phrase. (Grades 3-5)

Root Words
Complete this activity about words that have /capt/ or /tact/ as a root. (Grades 3-5)

Spelling Challenge
Circle the word in each group that is correctly spelled. Yes, you can use your dictionary. (Grades 5-8)

Prefixes and Roots
Complete this activity about words that have /phone/ as their root. (Grades 3-5)

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Critical thinking activities for preschoolers

By Cara Mullin

In order to be able to recognise assumptions, make informed and unbiased decisions, solve problems and be fair to others, children need to learn critical thinking skills. However, it is important that parents understand and use age appropriate teaching methods.

Here are some activities for preschoolers that parents can encourage their children to engage in:

Classification games

These are important as they require sorting according to a set of rules. You can follow up classification games with questions on why the grouped items are similar and why they are different.

An example is: Build a zoo or wildlife park - Help your child build a zoo or wildlife park. Ask her to group and classify all animals into diferent sections of the zoo or wildlife park. Suitable for 2-6 years.

An example of a sorting activity is to take out the box of wax crayons and ask your child to sort by size or colour. Suitable for 2-6 years.

Looking for patterns

Being able to draw out similar information from a variety of different sources is a highly useful problem solving skill.

An example is: Hunt for ABCs. Ask your child to identify letters on billboards, road signs, license plates and buildings or anything in your environment - do the same with shapes and numbers. Suitable for 4-6 years.

Imaginative play

This helps to develop abstract thinking skills essential for problem solving and an understanding of symbols by using an object to represent another. Understanding symbols is the foundation for early maths, reading and writing.

Give your child an array of items, different colours, shapes and sizes that she can use for pretend play. Suitable for 2 years and up.

Independent Exploration

Letting children explore, test and manipulate lays the foundations for scientific reasoning.

In a safe environment let your child explore and play without any instruction from yourself. Let her choose the tools and what she would like to do with them. Be interested by asking her questions on what she is doing and observing so that she can verbally explain to you. Avoid being tempted to be directly involved. Nature provides the perfect environment for your preschooler to experiment with the laws of the universe. Try to ensure your preschooler has generous amounts of time interacting with nature.

Art

Encourage creative thinking and innovation through art.

Let your child experiment with many different forms of art and craft materials. Drawing, colouring, cutting, pasteing, modelling, box construction, painting (mixing colours), play dough, chalk. Use materials from nature and recycled materials. The important thing is the creative process not the the end result. Let your child be in charge of her creativity.

Tips:

  • Build on your child's existing knowledge
  • Note your child's special interests and involve her in activities that relate to them
  • Choose activities that are connected to each other
  • Use your normal vocabulary. Don't feel it is necessary to use alternative words that you think is easier for a preschooler to understand. For example in the garden use the words habitat and ecosystems.
  • Make science tools such as magnifying glasses, scales, measuring cups, rulers etc part of everyday life
  • Steer clear of lecturing, instruction and enforcing
  • Preschoolers learn best by hands-on experiences
  • Combine as many of the above into one activity. For example: If your child loves dinosaurs, encourage her to be a prehistoric park owner. She can classify the dinosaur toys into groups, build and create enclosures and scenery using recycled materials as well as sticks, sand and plants from the garden.

 

About the author:
Cara Mullin, a successful internet entrepreneur, is founder and owner of www.kidzworld.co.za, an online resource directory and ezine for parents.

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