Higher Order Thinking Skills

I am passionate about growing students higher order thinking skills. Ideas, blog posts, resources, activities, strategies and educational teaching materials to help with higher order thinking.
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Teacher Trap: Reading is Thinking! Naturally strong readers engage constantly as they read. Therefore teaching the skills overtly to struggling readers is effective in busting their comprehension.

Bloom's Taxonomy Flip Chart {Freebie}!

Freebie at TpT: Bloom's Taxonomy printable flip-chart! Great for students, teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals.

Pokemon Go passages. This is a great product to hook reluctant readers into reading! This Grade Four and Five resource helps students to look deeply at a text. It includes two Pokemon Go themed texts and five pages of higher order thinking questions. It also aligns with the Grade 4 and Grade 5 Informational Text CCSS. Only available at Top Teaching Tasks!

Pokemon Go Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions US and NZ

This blog article by Bespoke ELA discusses a reading strategy for helping students comprehend complex texts. The Three Levels of Thinking involves paraphrasing, making observations, making associations and connections, and analyzing rhetorical relationships. It is a cornerstone of my teaching philosophy, and I hope you find it useful!

The Three Levels of Thinking: A Reading Strategy for Complex Texts

One of the most important skills we teach across all content areas, not just in English class, is how to comprehend complex texts.

This is another handy anchor chart, but not so much for the student, but to provide teachers with reminders/ideas about different writing activities and types of writing.

3 types of ap english essays AP Lang essay types? May 2011 edited May 2011 in English, you got the essay types right.

Bloom's Buttons

Totally Terrific in Texas: Bloom's Buttons (think of it as buttoning up a shirt, each level is a button)

Wonderful anchor chart idea to get students to ask more questions. Using this chart, teachers are able to show students the importance of asking questions to learn more or to get clarity on a new topic. This chart also gives students the chance to practice their questioning skills, which is an important part of inquiry.

questioning strategy: This would be a neat display to have in the classroom to encourage students to ask questions about things they are curious about. Asking lots of questions helps students clarify their thoughts.

Learn about the NZ Heroes on New Zealand money notes! This resource has everything a teacher needs for a unit on New Zealand Heroes. Differentiated Reading Passages about Sir Edmund Hillary, Ernest Rutherford, Kate Sheppard, and Sir Apirana Ngata, along with Close Reading activities make this unit of study interesting and engaging for students. #CloseReading #money #ReadingIdeas #TeachingIdeas #YearFive #YearSix

Famous New Zealanders Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

This Pokémon Go differentiated reading comprehension resource includes two Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading! These print and go worksheets link directly to the CCSS and New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three. These come in both US and NZ spellings and paper size.

Pokemon Go Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions US and NZ

This Pokémon Go differentiated reading comprehension resource includes two Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading!

This Pokémon Go differentiated reading comprehension resource includes two Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading! These print and go worksheets link directly to the CCSS and New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three. These come in both US and NZ spellings and paper size.

Pokemon Go Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions US and NZ

This Pokémon Go differentiated reading comprehension resource includes two Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading!

This Hundertwasser Art and Architecture differentiated reading comprehension resource includes four Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading! These print and go worksheets link directly to the CCSS and New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three. These come in both US and NZ spellings and paper size.

Hundertwasser! Close Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions US NZ

This Hundertwasser Art and Architecture differentiated reading comprehension resource includes four Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect

This Sports Stars! differentiated reading comprehension resource includes FIVE Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading! These print and go worksheets link directly to the CCSS and New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three. These come in both US and NZ spellings and paper size.

Sports Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions US NZ

This Sports Stars! differentiated reading comprehension resource includes FIVE Grade Four (Year Five) and Grade Five (Year Six) non-fiction informational passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for close reading!

This Maori Myths and Legends (Volume Two) differentiated reading comprehension resource includes FOUR Year Five and Six fiction literature passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for reading comprehension! These print and go worksheets link directly to the New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three. Also suitable for Year Seven and Eight. Featuring - The Creation of Night and Day, Kupe and the giant wheke (octopus), How Māui discovered fire and Rata and the…

Māori Myths & Legends 2 Reading Texts and Activities Higher Order Thinking NZ US

This Maori Myths and Legends (Volume Two) differentiated reading comprehension resource includes FOUR Year Five and Six fiction literature passages with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks - perfect for reading comprehension! These pri

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