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Critical Thinking Detective™ Book 1

Fun Mystery Cases to Guide Decision-Making

Grades: 4-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

Grades: 4-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

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This colorful 32-page book offers a collection of fun, easy-to-use detective cases for Grades 4 – 12+. Some cases may be more challenging for younger students, but teachers and parents can always provide hints when needed. The cases develop critical thinking skills by requiring students to read carefully and analyze and synthesize information to guide their decision-making. The cases also develop observation skills, reading comprehension, deductive and inductive thinking skills. The ability to identify and evaluate evidence is the very heart of critical thinking. For a more lesson-based approach to teach critical thinking, we recommend The Basics of Critical Thinking (Grades 4 – 9) and Practical Critical Thinking (Grades 9 – 12+).

Product Details

Item#: 11601BBP
Author(s): Michael Baker
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-897-2
Pages: 32, color

Awards

Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2017

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"These mysteries help develop your child’s critical thinking skills by requiring them to carefully read and analyze the information put before them. Once the student has digested the information by identifying and evaluating the evidence before them, they can then use their observation skills, deductive and inductive reasoning skills, along with reading comprehension skills to help in the decision-making process to solve the crime.

With the wide grade range, these mysteries are good for the old and young alike. As long as you are willing to read carefully and analyze the clues your student should be able to solve them. If not, you as the teacher/parent are able to give helpful hints.

Using this book with my 5th and 9th grade daughters was fun and easy to do. Each Friday I printed a copy of the two-page spread, double-sided for each of them. My older daughter would take the assignment with her to complete while on school beak at the gymnastics gym, while my younger daughter completed her mystery at home. Once both girls were home on Saturday morning we would go over the mystery and see how had solved the crime correctly. When one of them had the correct thief but the other one chose the wrong one, I had the child who solved it correctly explain why. If they both chose to the wrong thief, we would work through the mystery together to solve the crime. Solving the mysteries in this format worked best for our family.

If you are looking to add some critical thinking to your homeschool, look no further than the Critical Thinking Detective series." - Jacquelin Caffey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
"Kids and adults quickly became hooked on the dozen fun, challenging yet satisfyingly solvable mysteries in Critical Thinking Detective. Most any reader willing to apply his or her powers of observation, deduction and inference can get to the bottom of these 12 entertaining whodunits. Each mystery involves a theft and provides the story, facts and a lineup of four suspects on a single page. The page that follows is broken into four lined sections in which the sleuth/reader is encouraged to use complete sentences to describe the best evidence supporting their conclusions regarding each suspect. Discerning which three suspects are innocent is often the shortest path to finding the guilty party. The process of sifting through facts for key evidence and then forming written conclusions gives students outstanding experience in exercising and developing those ever-essential critical thinking skills." - Tillywig Brain Child Award Review, Tillywig.com/Books-Magazines/Critical-Thinking-Detective