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Grades: PreK-1

Critical Thinking

Grades: PreK-1

Critical Thinking

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This fun, easy to use picture book is made up of two stories. Students tell each story by analyzing the pictures and responding to the guided questions on each page. The questions are engaging and produce a deeper analysis of the scene and the storyline by encouraging students to provide details, describe events, explain motives, make evidence-based predictions, and use cause and effect leading up to the scene. Each story develops important critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Observation
  • Identifying and evaluating evidence
  • Comparing and contrasting shapes and objects
  • Inference (evidence-based prediction)
  • Cause and effect
  • Identify and describing a sequence of events

These stories also develop pre-reading skills.  Pre-readers progress from “listening” to a story to “telling” a story, becoming more engaged in the reading process as they identify and shape the storyline.  Reading involves more than just decoding written text.  A large part of reading is gaining meaning from symbols—both letters and pictures.

Product Details

Item#: 12601PBP
Author(s): Cherie Plant & Stephanie Winans-Stevens
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-971-9
Pages: 112, Color

Awards

Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Medal for Excellence

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"I recently got the book Tell Me a Story for my 5 and 2 year old grandkids that live in Alaska. I took the book with me to give them as a gift. The pictures on the left and question/answers on the right worked for me... My two year old surprised me because she really enjoyed the book. She is learning to talk and hear new words. I would ask her to (example) point to the bird. Asking her to find items was fun for her. When she pointed to the “wrong” picture, I would point to the right one and then go back to it later and ask her the same question. She would then point out the right one. In some ways, she enjoyed the book just as much as her brother, who also liked it. What I liked most about the book was, there really isn't any wrong answers. The book lets the child use their own imagination. The pictures and drawings were easy to understand." - Luann N., Alaska
"I shared the two stories in 'Tell Me a Story' with my two grandchildren, a boy who is 4 years and a girl who is 7 years old. I started asking questions and sharing the drawings one evening, but had to stop as it was their bedtime. The next morning after breakfast they immediately asked me to start where we had left off. Both of them were very excited, in fact I was surprised how much more enthusiastic they were about this book than typical story books. I think they found it engaging because they were participating in the story, not just listening to someone else’s words and story.

The questions were helpful, and it was easy to skip over the ones that they answered when they first looked at the picture. I also liked the explanations at the bottom that helped with concepts that they were not familiar with. They got the concept of essentially creating their own story right away. My granddaughter being a bit older gave more complete answers, but the younger one was definitely also engaged and gave shorter answers. They also asked me questions as we went along and we could discuss the story line a bit more. There were only a very few questions that I had to give them some examples or suggestions to help them answer the question. The illustrations were beautiful and they had no problem understanding what was happening. And it was clear that these two stories encouraged critical thinking and being more engaged than a typical book. I am looking forward to future editions of this series." - Alex, Tampa, FL
"Storybooks often deliver a passive learning activity, but they can be so much more when parents understand how to engage their children with the illustrations. Tell Me a Story does an excellent job of transitioning the listener into the storyteller by using guided questions that develop reflection, analysis, observation, and many more critical thinking skills. " - Rob, CA