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Building Thinking Skills®

Critical Thinking Skills for Reading • Writing • Math • Science

Grades: Toddler-12+

Subject(s): Critical Thinking

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Building Thinking Skills®

This series develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests. These award-winning books comprise the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
     - Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
     - Distinguishing similarities and differences
     - Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies


These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.

LEVEL 1 (Grades 2-3) | LEVEL 2 (Grades 4-6)
  Figural-Spatial Skills

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare/describe/copy/enlarge/divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes/Venn/branching/cycle
  • Mental pattern folding/symmetry
  • Directionality/Position in space
  • Mental rotation/reflection/tumbling/stacking/folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence/area/volume
  • Analogies: size/color/orientation/detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers

  Verbal Skills

  • Spelling/Vocabulary/Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms/synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of/part of/used to/association/action
  • Deductive/Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then/yes-no/true-false
  • Orientation: person/place/time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition

LEVEL 3 FIGURAL (Grades 7-12+)
  Figural-Spatial Skills

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare/describe/copy/enlarge/divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes/Venn/branching/cycle
  • Mental pattern folding/symmetry
  • Directionality/Position in space
  • Mental rotation/reflection/tumbling/stacking/folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence/area/volume
  • Analogies: size/color/orientation/detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers
  • Symmetry/Tessellation of solids

LEVEL 3 VERBAL (Grades 7-12+)
  Verbal Skills

  • Spelling/Vocabulary/Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms/synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of/part of/used to/association/action
  • Deductive/Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then/yes-no/true-false
  • Orientation: person/place/time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition
  • Denotation and connotation/degree of meaning


Software Features
     - 38-43 activities, 800-900+ questions
     - Multi-user login
     - Can be played in adventure mode or practice mode
     - Detailed spoken and graphical instructions for each question
     - On-screen and printable guide
     - Adjustable scoring rubric for varied abilities
     - Self-grading
     - On-screen and printable student data
     - Saves unfinished activities
     - Fun word search reward games
     - On-screen and printable reward certificates

Primary Book
The Primary level book requires both attribute blocks and interlocking cubes. See below for order information for these manipulatives.

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Item No. Title Grade Type Price Qty
Bundles
05235XIN Building Thinking Skills® Primary Complete Set K-1 Program / Kit

List Price: $90.96

Sale Price $81.86

Books
05233PBP Building Thinking Skills® Beginning Toddler-PreK Paperback Book
price $32.99
05231PBN Building Thinking Skills® Primary
*Required components sold separately*
K-1 Paperback Book
price $32.99
05241BBP Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 2-3 Paperback Book
price $29.99
05242BBP Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 4-6 Paperback Book
price $29.99
05243BBP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural 7-12+ Paperback Book
price $29.99
05244BBP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal 7-12+ Paperback Book
price $29.99
eBooks
05261BEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 2-3 eBook
price $29.99
05262BEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 4-6 eBook
price $29.99
05263BEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 7-12+ eBook
price $29.99
05264BEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 7-12+ eBook
price $29.99
Win/Mac Software
05251SDH Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 Software - 2-PCs Win/Mac Download 2-3 Win/Mac Download
price $29.99
05251SDI Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 Software - 6-PCs Win/Mac Download 2-3 Win/Mac Download
price $59.99
05253SDH Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 Software - 2-PCs Win/Mac Download 4-6 Win/Mac Download
price $29.99
05253SDI Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 Software - 6-PCs Win/Mac Download 4-6 Win/Mac Download
price $59.99
05253SCH Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 Software - 2-PCs Win/Mac CD 4-6 Win/Mac CD
price $34.99
05253SCI Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 Software - 6-PCs Win/Mac CD 4-6 Win/Mac CD
price $64.99
Accessories
05234GEP Building Thinking Skills® Primary Teacher's Manual - eBook K-1 eBook
price $24.99
05279GEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 - Instruction/Answer Guide - eBook 2-3 eBook
price $19.99
05280GEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 2 - Instruction/Answer Guide - eBook 4-6 eBook
price $19.99
05211GBP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural - Instruction/Answer Guide 7-12+ Paperback Book
price $19.99
05281GEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural - Instruction/Answer Guide - eBook 7-12+ eBook
price $19.99
05282GEP Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal - Instruction/Answer Guide - eBook 7-12+ eBook
price $19.99
05215CUO Attribute Blocks PreK-1 Manipulatives
price $20.99
05216CUO Interlocking Cubes PreK-1 Manipulatives
price $11.99
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