It is what you DO ....

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 2, 2013 12:42:37 PM

While reading is a great way to help a child grow in vocabulary, story sense, and imagination, it is what you DO with what is read that really encourages and supports critical and creative thinking skills!

Here are a few ideas of activities that can be used to support higher order thinking skills:

  • Make a collage which might be found hanging in the bedroom of one of the characters and write a brief explanation of each item selected.
  • Write diary entries that one of the characters might have written during the course of the story.
  • Write a poem or a song that expresses one or more of the characters’ feelings.
  • Create a piece of original artwork that interprets one of the themes in the book.
  • Write and perform an original skit based on the book.
  • Write letters that two of the characters might have written to one another about what was happening in their lives.
  • Create an original board game based on the book.
  • Write and record an original news broadcast about the events in the book.
  • Draw a timeline of the book, complete with illustrations and commentaries about each event on the timeline.
  • Create a cause-and-effect continuum of how and why the main character changes as a result of the events and situations that occur.

Did you notice the differentiation embedded in these activities?

Children would be able to utilize their strengths to demonstrate their learning ...

Choice could even be involved if you gave an assignment similar to this one:

  • Choose a title on Big Universe ...
  • Read the story ....
  • Select and complete the activity that most appeals to you and/or best fits the story you read ...
  • Explain why you chose the activity and how you completed it

With the added explanation part, you are jumping into that metacognition area ... asking children to really think about their thinking!

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