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Critical Thinking Detective™ Book 2

Fun Mystery Cases to Guide Decision-Making

Grades: 4-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

Grades: 4-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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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 carefully read to determine what information in the case description and witness and suspect statements is legitimate evidence, and what is just opinion or irrelevant information.  All of the cases require students to synthesize information from different sources to determine which suspects are innocent or guilty.  The entertaining crime cases also develop observation skills, reading comprehension, and deductive and inductive thinking skills. The focus of these activities is to teach students to identify and evaluate evidence--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#: 11602BBP
Author(s): Michael Baker
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-898-9
Pages: 32, color, perforated


The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Homeschool Blue Ribbon Award for Favorite Middle School Product Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2017

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"Critical thinking is a skill that we are fine tuning in our homeschool. I didn't realize the need to be intentional when teaching critical thinking. Many of us can pick up information right away and discern fact from fiction, but some of us need explicit opportunities to work on reading between the lines. Critical Thinking Detective Book 2 provides the right amount of practice of taking numerous accounts and coming to a conclusion based on the information provided. I like that some cases are easy but can still be challenging based on what was not said in the suspects clues. Since the detective can't assume, being aware of vague statements is important when solving a case. The cases aren't written to confuse or trick the learner, but instead focuses on teaching the learner to read all the information provided and to eliminate those who do not fit the description. This workbook also encourages learners to write down their reasons for their conclusion in full sentences which is a good way to strengthen writing skills, and this allows learners to have a better understanding of how they arrived at their conclusion." - Latonya Moore, The Old Schoolhouse
"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,