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Critical Thinking Detective™ – Vocabulary Book 2 - eBook

Fun Mystery Cases to Improve Vocabulary

Grades: 5-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

Critical Thinking Detective™ – Vocabulary Book 2 - eBook

Grades: 5-12+

Critical Thinking, Language Arts

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This is the fun way to learn new vocabulary! These popular, easy-to-use detective cases are suitable for Grades 5 – 12+. The vocabulary in these mysteries was gathered from a multitude of sources including SAT and ACT word lists and the author’s reading selections. Merriam Webster’s online dictionary provided many of the details about the words including usage, look-up history, synonyms and antonyms.

Students must identify the meaning of new vocabulary as they try to uncover the subtle clues hidden in the statements from witnesses and suspects. Each mystery features between 16 and 25 vocabulary words and every one of them requires careful reading, critical thinking, and synthesizing information to identify the innocent and guilty. The cases also develop observation skills, reading comprehension, deductive and inductive thinking skills. Learning to identify and evaluate evidence is the very heart of critical thinking.

After solving each case, the second part of the activity gives versatility to the vocabulary words as students practice using them in a different context. Readers choose the appropriate word from the word list to complete each sentence. When the word lists contain synonyms, students have flexibility in their choices.

These activities and their vocabulary words are not easy, but don’t despair. If you take the time to decipher the unknown words and reread, you’ll have sharper critical thinking skills and an expanded vocabulary.

For more critical thinking and detective fun, please see the complete Critical Thinking Detective series and Something's Fishy in Lake Iwannafsha.

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Product Details

Item#: 11692BEP
Author(s): Diane Hartsig
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: eBook
License: Printable
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-950-4
Pages: 40, color


Creative Child Magazine, 2018 - Educational Books for Kids Book of the Year Award The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Homeschool Blue Ribbon Award for Favorite Middle School Product Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2017

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"The Critical Thinking Detective – Vocabulary Book 2 is an engaging way to introduce new vocabulary words and critical thinking. I used this eBook with my son who is in grade 5 but has a high reading comprehension ability for his age. The vocabulary itself was not overly challenging for him but the cases were quite difficult to solve. I think this would be perfect for high school students who like solving word problems and are looking to work on their vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

Each case is separated into two segments. The first segment is a statement about the case. These statements are written in the style of a news article and contain testimony from a witness. The second segment is the suspects’ statements about the situation that occurred. Each suspect gives a sentence or two which adds more information about their whereabouts when the crime occurred. After you solve the cases, the next part is designed to help you use the vocabulary words in another context. For each case, there is a list of the different vocabulary words associated with that case and then multiple sentences with spaces for you to fill in with the vocabulary words. " - Amy,