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Building Thinking Skills Level 1 Software

$29.99

Item#: 05251SCH
Type:Standard Edition
Media:CD-Rom
License:

Home License

System Requirements

Platform: Windows® Vista/XP/2000/Me/ NT/98
Media: CD-ROM
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
RAM: 64MB
Color Monitor
with 800 x 600 resolution or higher

Platform: Macintosh® OS X (10.2 or later)
Processor: PowerPC or Intel based Mac
Media: CD-ROM
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
RAM : 128MB

Color Monitor with 800 x 600 resolution or higher

 

Grade(s): 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking

ISBN: 0-89455-890-0
Activities: 92

Develops vocabulary, reading, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills.

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Description & Features

Building Thinking Skills® provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.

The activities are sequenced developmentally. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Children learn to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words as they:
 
  • Observe, recognize, and describe characteristics.
 
  • Distinguish similarities and differences.
 
  • Identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies.

These processes help children develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.

In this software adventure, you and your team of critical thinkers must complete the verbal and figural activities in each of the 10 underground levels to rescue Dr. Cognito and restore order to the lab.

With both verbal and graphic instructions, this lively adventure nurtures independent learning, superior thinking, and communication skills.


Features
  38 Activities / over 800 questions
  Can be played in adventure mode or practice mode
  On-screen and printable instructions
  Adjust difficulty levels - so learning is always stimulating, never frustrating
  Printable sample activities & vocabulary list
  Self-grading - printable scores
  Saves unfinished games
 

Fun word puzzles

Table of Contents/Skills

Level 1: Describing Shapes
Activity 1: Describing Shapes
Skills: Language Arts: Visual discrimination needed for reading readiness; Mathematics: Naming geometric shapes; Science: Recognizing shapes of leaves, insects, or shells; Social Studies: Recognizing shapes of road signs, discerning different patterns in art
Questions: 27
Activity 2: Following Directions
Skills: Language Arts: Reading and following directions in any situation (text, worksheet, test) involving order, number, or position; Mathematics: Following the correct sequence in solving word problems; Science: Following sequence of instructions in laboratory experiments; Social Studies: Answering questions regarding charts, graphs, or schedules; reading and constructing time lines
Questions: 17
Activity 3: Describing Position
Skills: Language Arts: Diagramming sentences, placing words in sentences according to function (subject, direct object, etc.), writing descriptive or instructive paragraphs; Mathematics: Plotting graph coordinates, constructing geometric shapes from written or oral directions; Science: Plotting an area or reading a map of a nature study area, observing and describing natural formations; Social Studies: Interpreting and constructing maps, graphs, or diagrams
Questions: 4

Level 2: Matching Shapes
Activity 1: Matching Shapes
Skills: Language Arts: Visual discrimination exercises for reading readiness, discriminating between punctuation marks; Mathematics: Distinguishing geometrically different shapes; Science: Sorting leaf, shell, or insect collections by shape; Social Studies: Distinguishing between landforms according to size and shape
Questions: 26
Activity 2: Finding Shapes
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing syllables of words; recognizing parts that make up words; recognizing rhyme pattern in poetry, finding hidden words in larger words, finding repeated letter patterns in words; Mathematics: Identifying names and functions of numbers in arithmetic problems; finding patterns or other shapes within geometric shapes; Science: Naming component parts of equipment or compound organisms, such as compound flowers that are made up of multiple flowerets; differentiating among skeletal parts; Social Studies: Recognizing map divisions, finding and tracing routes on road maps; indicating a historical trip on a map (the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express route, etc.)
Questions: 21
Activity 3: Dividing Shapes into Equal Parts
Skills: Language Arts: Dividing a long poem for several people to memorize; Mathematics: Showing equal fractional parts of a whole, basic symmetry exercises; Science: Identifying symmetry of body parts or natural phenomena (leaves, plants, shells, etc.); Social Studies: Dividing historical time lines into intervals, making or interpreting charts or graphs
Questions: 25
Activity 4: Drawing, Comparing, and Completing Shapes
Skills: Language Arts: Deciding which letter correctly completes a word; preparing diagrams for reports or displays; visual discrimination exercises for reading readiness; Mathematics: Completing partial geometric shapes; working problems involving shapes; figural similarities exercises, direction of numeral formations (5,7,etc.); Science: Deciding which bone completes a skeletal part; drawing diagrams in science reports; recognizing similarly shaped leaves, insects, or shells; Social Studies: Drawing maps;
Questions: 25

Level 3: Which Color Comes Next?
Activity 1: Which Color Comes Next?
Skills: Language Arts: Sequencing sounds in spelling, alphabetizing, dictionary practice; Mathematics: Recognizing number sequences, learning place value with manipulatives; Science: Seeing patterns in seasonal changes and weather conditions; Social Studies: Showing geographic changes or types of topography on maps
Questions: 15
Activity 2: Which Shape Comes Next?
Skills: Mathematics: Counting patterns, pattern block activities; Science: Seeing patterns in leaves, shells, and life cycles; Social Studies: Recognizing patterns in ethnic decorations or artifacts
Questions: 12
Activity 3: Tumbling Objects
Skills: Language Arts: Mirror-image words (mom, wow, dad, pop); Mathematics: Rotating geometric shapes; Science: Explaining rotation of the earth, experiments with mirrors or gears; Social Studies: Map orientation, redrawing charts or graphs
Questions: 13
Activity 4: Which Figure Comes Next?
Skills: Language Arts: Discriminating between letters (b/d,p/q), inverting letter order in words; forming new words by adding or subtracting prefixes and suffixes; Mathematics: Recognizing geometric changes in position (flips, turns, and slides), symmetry, arranging basic problems (e.g., horizontal or vertical addition); Science: Recognizing alternating patterns in leaves or shells; showing symmetry in plants or animals; mirror-image exercises; understanding gears; wheels; motors; or kaleidoscopes; recognizing the rotation of planets; Socials Studies: Showing geographic changes on maps, using or making graphs that show negative and positive changes, reading maps
Questions: 11
Activity 5: Draw Which Figure Comes Next<br> Skills: Language Arts: Choosing the right picture(s) to fill in or complete a story sequence, filling in the missing sections on a partially completed or outlined format; Mathematics: Filling in the missing item(s) in a sequence of shapes, completing mathematical tables; Science: Biological stages in the development of animals or plants, duplicating steps in laboratory experiments; Social Studies: Recognizing repeating casual relationships; developing a time line pattern; predicting changes in population, production output, etc. by finding past statistical patterns, reading and interpreting bar and line graphs
Questions: 12
Activity 6: Order of Sequence
Skills: Language Arts: Choosing the right picture(s) to fill in or complete a story sequence; Mathematics: Filling in the missing item(s) in a sequence of shapes, completing mathematical tables; Science: Tracing biological stages in the development of animals or plants, following steps in science activities; Social Studies: Developing a time line pattern, reading and interpreting bar and line graphs
Questions: 2
Activity 7: Folding Figures
Skills: Mathematics: Visual perceptual skills, drawing geometric shapes to form patterns, recognizing symmetrical patterns; Science: Reproducing crystal or snowflake patterns, predicting appearance or position, recognizing symmetry in natural forms; Social Studies: Seeing patterns in charts, graphs, or schedules, map drawing skills, projecting a graph pattern
Questions: 14

Level 4: Matching to a Group
Activity 1: Matching to a Group
Skills: Language Arts: Decoding skills in reading readiness, recognizing sentence types from end marks, learning to form letters in handwriting, classifying words by letter pattern, recognizing prefixes and suffixes, classifying words into pattern groups; Mathematics: Distinguishing between types of arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, etc.) by sign and/or problem configuration, classifying numbers according to place value, grouping fractions by common denominator, sorting geometric shapes; Science: Classifying natural objects (leaves, fish, shells, etc.) according to shape and/or pattern, classifying animals into families, distinguishing between different food groups; Social Studies: Identifying the functions of road signs from their shapes, associating international signs and symbols with their meanings, using a legend to identify areas on a map, interpreting graphs
Questions: 27
Activity 2: Describing and Matching a Class
Skills: Language Arts: Describing the way things or people look, writing or giving directions for constructing something, matching pictures with letter sounds; Mathematics: Describing and reproducing geometric shapes, comparing and modeling place values, using mathematical symbols to group arithmetic problems; Science: Classifying (organisms, leaves, insects, flowers, shells, birds, land formations, etc.) by the characteristics of shape or pattern, identifying symmetry and geometric forms; describing results of an experiment; Social Studies: Interpreting charts and graphs, drawing inferences from pictures, finding the same location on different types or sizes of maps, using a legend to read maps, graphs, or charts, grouping artifacts according to material, use, design, etc.
Questions: 31
Activity 3: Classifying by Color, Pattern, and Shape
Skills: Language Arts: Distinguishing rhyming word patterns, recognizing exceptions to spelling or pronunciation rules, arranging groups of words using various categories; Mathematics: Distinguishing similar and dissimilar geometric patterns or shapes; Science: Classifying natural objects according to shape; Social Studies: Reading a map
Questions: 22
Activity 4: Complete and Form a Class
Skills: Language Arts: Using end marks to identify questions and exclamations, choosing rhyming words by finding letter patterns; Mathematics: Sorting shapes, learning set theory and determining sets; Science: Classifying organisms, land formations, or equipment by known attributes; Social Studies: Making or using a map legend to gain information (types of roads, distances between cities, sizes of cities, state capitals, etc.)
Questions: 25
Activity 5: Overlapping Classes
Skills: Language Arts: Describing objects by using all, some, or not, reading graphs, tables, or schedules; Mathematics: Set theory exercises, attribute block exercises, sorting geometric shapes, making and using arithmetic charts; Science: Sorting natural objects into overlapping classes, classifying days according to different weather patterns, classifying organisms or equipment using more than one characteristic; Social Studies: Interpreting graphic information, using a legend to read a map, making a graph or chart of survey results
Questions: 15

Level 5: Analogies with Shapes
Activity 1: Building Analogies
Skills: Language Arts: Using knowledge of parts to determine meaning of unfamiliar compound words; Mathematics: Changing numerical information to graphic information; Science: Recognizing the relationship of cloud formations and weather; Social Studies: Recognizing parallel structures of governments; recognizing similar patterns in artifacts
Questions: 7
Activity 2: Analogies with Shapes - Select
Skills: Language Arts: Comparing and/or contrasting information gained from pictures; Mathematics: Changing numerical information to graphic information; Science: Recognizing analogous body parts or structural elements in different organisms; Social Studies: Recognizing similar patterns in artifacts; comparing and/or contrasting information from maps, charts, or graphs
Questions: 11
Activity 3: Analogies with Shapes - Complete
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing correct pronunciation of unknown words by comparing letter patterns; Mathematics: Recognizing equivalent fractional parts, working with ratios, writing and recognizing arithmetic problems in pictorial form; Science: Seeing and stating relationships between different natural phenomena, animal, or plant classes, and/or minerals and rocks; naming analogous body parts of different organisms; comparing and/or contrasting organisms; Social Studies: Recognizing and stating the relationship between people and events, recognizing and stating causal relationships
Questions: 12

Level 6: Describing Things
Activity 1: Describing Things
Skills: Language Arts: Dictionary activities, vocabulary development, using precise words, reading comprehension activities using illustrations and context, writing descriptive sentences and paragraphs, doing vocabulary development enrichment activities, using precise words; Mathematics: Matching terms with operations, recognizing sets, explaining steps in mathematical operations; Science: Matching scientific terms with their descriptions; identifying types of plants, animals, etc., describing scientific terms and processes, explaining results of an experiment; Social Studies: Recognizing and matching topographic or geographic areas with their correct terms, identifying pictures of historical artifacts, describing historical figures and events
Questions: 19
Activity 2: Describing Words
Skills: Language Arts: Doing vocabulary enrichment activities, using precise words, writing comparison paragraphs; Mathematics: Analyzing and solving word problems, recognizing sets; Science: Identifying processes, types of animals, plants, etc.; Social Studies: Comparing topographic or geographic areas
Questions: 11
Activity 3: Name the Thing
Skills: Language Arts: Reading comprehension exercises, vocabulary enrichment activities; Mathematics: Matching terms and operations, analyzing and solving word problems, recognizing sets and set complements; Science: Recognizing scientific processes; identifying categories of plants, animals, etc.; Social Studies: Identifying topographic or geographic areas, and historical events and periods
Questions: 26

Level 7: Opposites
Activity 1: Opposites
Skills: Language Arts: Using precise words, doing vocabulary enrichment activities, working with antonym exercises, writing contrast paragraphs; Mathematics: Recognizing and using inverse operations, recognizing sets, using fractions and reciprocals; Science: Recognizing reversed processes in simple experiments; describing differences between two objects, organisms, or concepts; Social Studies: Contrasting topographic or geographic areas
Questions: 69
Activity 2: Similarities
Skills: Language Arts: Using antonyms, synonyms, using knowledge of word parts to determine meaning of compound words, writing contrast paragraphs, expressing an opposite opinion, describing contrasting stories, avoiding overused words and trite expressions in compositions, recognizing denotative and connotative meanings; Mathematics: Checking basic arithmetic problems by reversing processes, recognizing and using equivalent values of money, time, or measurement; understanding directions for solving mathematical problems; Science: Describing differences between two objects or concepts; disassembling and reassembling motors, gears, or models, following directions in performing basic experiments, inferring meanings of unfamiliar words by using definition or synonym clues; Social Studies: Locating and expressing contrasting details when comparing objects or maps, paraphrasing or summarizing key concepts, identifying parallel or similar functions of different governmental levels
Questions: 45
Activity 3: How Alike?
Skills: Language Arts: Organizing and writing compare and contrast statements or paragraphs, recognizing denotative and connotative words or phrases; Mathematics: Evaluating geometric shapes for type and congruence, interpreting word problems, interpreting different forms of statistical presentations; Science: Identifying classes of plants or animals by similar characteristics; Social Studies: Expressing similarities and differences between historical events, eras, people, or artifacts
Questions: 7

Level 8: Yes-No Rules/True-False Tables
Activity 1: Yes-No Rules/True-False Tables
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing the effect of "no" or "not" on meaning, interpreting double negatives, determining whether examples of usage, spelling, grammar, or paragraph construction follow a given set of rules, finding errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation, answering true/false questions about a story; Mathematics: Following multi-step operations in solving problems, recognizing similarity and congruence in geometric figures, recognizing whether multi-step operations have been correctly followed; Science: Recognizing the change of a single variable in demonstrations or experiments, tracing the path of an electrical circuit, explaining basic experimental reactions and their causes; Social Studies: Following or creating a chart or map route, placing artifacts according to usage, era, or culture, finding facts to support negative statements, determining correct time in different time zones
Questions: 25
Activity 2: Finding Locations on Maps
Skills: Language Arts: Finding facts by using book sections, using reference materials, writing a set of instructions or giving a demonstration speech, doing crossword puzzles; Mathematics: Locating and charting data on a graph, locating coordinates on a grid, geoboard activities; Science: Constructing a motor or gear following written directions, using text book sections to locate facts, detailing the position of a star or planet; Social Studies: Reading maps, graphs, or charts, tracing a family tree
Questions: 37
Activity 3: Continue the Sequence/Ranking
Skills: Language Arts: Expressing comparative and superlative rank of adjectives or adverbs; exercises involving chronological order, speech preparation; selecting nouns and verbs to express degree, rank, or order, sequencing events and ideas in a story; outlining exercises; Mathematics: Solving word problems involving transitivity or inequality, describing geometric proportions in angle or size, ordering numbers by size; Science: Identifying stages of development, recognizing and predicting size or frequency, writing reports of scientific demonstrations, classifying physical phenomena; Social Studies: Recognizing and using chronological order for historical events or people, recognizing divisions and subdivisions of governmental or political structure
Questions: 38
Activity 4: Deductive Reasoning
Skills: Language Arts: Comprehending subtle differences in word meaning based on context; using key words and phrases to infer a character's personality and motivation in a story; comprehending subtle distinctions in degree, size, rank, or order in reading passages, understanding and writing compare/contrast passages; Mathematics: Applying key terms to solve word problems, transitivity relations, or inequality exercises; Science: Understanding directions and results of laboratory demonstrations, recognizing and analyzing variables in experiments; Social Studies: Comprehending chronological order or statistical comparisons in text materials
Questions: 19

Level 9: Parts of a Whole A
Activity 1: Parts of a Whole A
Skills: Language Arts: Identifying parts of speech, parts of a book, and parts of a letter; Mathematics: Identifying components in arithmetic operations; Science: Identifying significant parts of living organisms; observing components of constellations, stars, the solar system, or the earth; describing equipment; Social Studies: Examining dwellings, artifacts, costumes, communities, and governments requiring identification of component parts, using keys or legends to identify component parts or maps
Questions: 11
Activity 2: Parts of a Whole B
Skills: Language Arts: Identifying the topic of sentence and its supporting statements in a paragraph; utilizing heads and subheads in making outlines, recognizing parts of speech, parts of a book, and parts of a letter; Mathematics: Describing polygons, describing computers, identifying fractional parts, units of measure, geometric shapes; Science: Observing components of constellations, stars, the solar system, or the earth; describing equipment; Social Studies: Using keys or legends to identify component parts or maps, illustrating political structures, judicial systems, etc.
Questions: 19
Activity 3: Class and Members
Skills: Language Arts: Writing or stating proper definitions of nouns, using reference books to locate information of a topic; Mathematics: Using cue words to determine functions for solving word problems, analyzing sets; Science: Identifying natural objects; Social Studies: Writing or stating definitions of social studies terms or identifications of people, events, artifacts, or eras
Questions: 17
Activity 4: What is True of Both Words?
Skills: Language Arts: Choosing proper reference books when looking up facts for reports, recognizing parts of speech or types of literature; Mathematics: Distinguishing between types of arithmetic problems, recognizing numerical properties, grouping numbers according to place and face values; Science: Naming and recognizing attributes of different phyla of plants
Questions: 11
Activity 5: How are These Words Alike?
Skills: Language Arts: Classifying parts of speech or types of literature, choosing proper reference books when looking up facts, using an index to look up facts in a book; Mathematics: Distinguishing between types of polygons or types of angles, recognizing numerical properties, grouping numbers according to place and face values; Science: Identifying different phyla of plants or animals, naming and recognizing various elements and compounds; Social Studies: Classifying types of architectural structures, governmental functions, or community institutions according to their functions or other attributes
Questions: 22

Level 10: Describing Shapes
Activity 1: Picture Analogies
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing and completing word analogies, using context clues to infer meaning for unfamiliar words, recognizing metaphors and similes in poetry; Mathematics: Recognizing and using the relationship between graphic information and numerical information, using cue words to decide process in word problems; Science: Observing and describing analogous structures in animals or plants, using analogies to explain results in experiments; Social Studies: Recognizing and describing parallel or similar events in history, using analogies to explain concepts, recognizing historic or cultural patterns
Questions: 8
Activity 2: Verbal Analogies A
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing and using word analogies, using paraphrasing skills; Mathematics: Changing numerical information to graphic information (and vice versa); recognizing and using "part-to-whole" analogies in measurements of time, weight, size, or volume; identifying the relationship between fractional parts and fractions; Science: Distinguishing between phyla of plants or animals, conducting laboratory experiments and writing reports on them; Social Studies: Explaining historic or cultural parallels
Questions: 42
Activity 3: Verbal Analogies B
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing and using word analogies, using paraphrasing skills; Mathematics: Identifying the relationship between fractional parts and fractions; Science: Conducting laboratory experiments and writing reports on them; Social Studies: Explaining historic or cultural parallels
Questions: 15
Activity 4: Analogies-Select The Right Pair
Skills: Language Arts: Recognizing and using analogies, paraphrasing; stating relationships shown by words, sentences, or passages; Mathematics: Changing numerical information to graphic information (and vice versa); recognizing and using "part-to-whole" analogies in measurements of time, weight, size, or volume; identifying the relationship between fractional parts and fractions; Science: Distinguishing between phyla of plants or animals, writing science reports; Social Studies: Explaining historic or cultural parallels
Questions: 8


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