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How to Teach Critical Thinking Skills to Young Children

How to Explain Critical Thinking Skills to Young Children- (free download)

The goal of close reading is to gradually release responsibility to students, a shift from the teacher modeling close reading strategies to students employing strategies independently. The role of the teacher is to make these strategies visible to students through thinking aloud, modeling, and posting anchor charts for reference. In this article are some strategies that set the stage for students to interact with a text through an independent analysis and group discussion with peers.

In fourth grade students should challenge themselves to further interpret texts to determine tone and mood. By evaluating tone and mood students can further their analysis and comprehension of a text. 4.RS.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

I loved the post-it idea at the start of the year then felt like they weren't being used properly...I think my students just needed better guidelines...perhaps this awesome anchor chart!

Critical Thinking - excellent mini guide to help students understand and apply critical thinking skills.