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Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 (Color)

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Description and Features

Develops vocabulary, reading, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills.

Description and Features

This engaging 320-page book develops the critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 2-3. The Building Thinking Skills® series is 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.

  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

Teaching Support
Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is included.

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Product Details

Item#: 05245BBP
Author(s): Sandra Parks and Howard Black
TOC: View Table of Contents
Subject: Critical Thinking
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-994-8
Pages: 320, Color


Practical Homeschooling Magazine - Reader Awards, 2014 - 3rd Place, Logic

Test preparation available for the following:

Building Thinking Skills® includes reading, writing, figural-spatial, logic, and math-related activities to prepare students for high levels of success on a wide variety of assessment tests, including:


Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Ohio Proficiency Test
North Carolina Competency Test in Reading
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
Virginia Standards of Learning (VSOL)


Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
California Achievement Tests (CAT/6)
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®)
Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
TerraNova (CTBS), Terra Nova, The Second Edition (CAT/6)
Woodcock-Johnson® Tests (WJ-III®, WJ-R®)
Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®)
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) / Talented and Gifted (TAG)
Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children® (WISC®)
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence™ (WPPSI™)
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®)
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT-R)
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
and many more!

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May 22, 2023
Thank you for producing the Building Thinking Skills books in color! It has revolutionized critical thinking work for my 2 Dyslexic students. We have 5 children and use many of your products!
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Mar 11, 2016
I started purchasing The Critical Thinking Co.™ products when my children were toddlers. They were early readers so we wanted to reinforce their abilities with a structured program that we could continue for years. Building Thinking Skills® and Dr. DooRiddles were excellent products to jump start our children into formalized learning. And the best part is that they were having FUN while learning! Besides providing excellent educational material, The Critical Thinking Company™ has incomparable customer service. They have helped me order the appropriate products, install the software, and been a continuous source of encouragement throughout the years. I cannot imagine homeschooling without their products and support.
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Apr 7, 2013
Transfer potential is high.…The amount of reinforcement is outstanding.
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Apr 7, 2013
We have been using Building Thinking Skills® for years and have found them invaluable in providing students with the mental tools they need to be enthusiastic learners.
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Apr 7, 2013
Students who are still acquiring English face a lack of background knowledge in English and the skills necessary to process the new information. Building Thinking Skills® has helped me meet both these challenges, and I have test scores and happy faces to back this up.
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Apr 7, 2013
Prepares students' minds for logic.
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Apr 7, 2013
Dear The Critical Thinking Company: We decided to do a limited experiment with students in our school to see if Building Thinking Skills® would help them perform better on standardized and state tests. Last year I began to work directly with some of our students after school. The improvement was remarkable. Test scores went up even after the first few months we used the program. I'm totally sold on the program and will be ordering it for my school. I'd like to see Building Thinking Skills® for every child in every classroom to begin each day.
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Apr 7, 2013
My son went from 26 % to 85% on the nonverbal section of the CoGAT after using Building Thinking Skills® Book 1. We are definitely doing Book 2 next. His teacher was amazed. It made her think about the teaching of thinking skills to her students before they were tested and labeled. Thanks for all your help in choosing the right things for my son. It is such a relief to know he doesn't have problems, he just needed to be taught the skills. We really think highly of your products and company.
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Apr 7, 2013
Looking for a way to help students exercise their mental muscles, organize their thinking, or increase their test scores? Check out Building Thinking Skills®! You'll find the boost you're looking for.
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Apr 7, 2013
Dear The Critical Thinking Company:Last year I took the responsibility of using Building Thinking Skills® with a number of our students as an experiment. In my 17 years in the district, I haven't seen anything work the way this program did. The improvement was phenomenal, especially for our at-risk populations and second-language students. It pulled them up in one year as I could not have imagined possible. We love it and are ordering it for our primary students and, in time, for the entire school.
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