Sunday, 11 October 2015

Critical thinking activities for young learners - Part II

Focusing attention

 Kids first decide on the correct sequence based only on the pictures. They will have to justify the sequence by pointing out at details. It’s night because I can see the moon and the stars.
Then you would provide the labels and they would match them to the right picture. 



Categorizing 

Children begin using their senses to recognize patterns and categorize things at a young age — skills that play an important role in early learning.

Even the youngest children are able to recognize patterns and use categories to process new information. Almost everything we see, hear, or touch contains details that our brain processes. Without realizing it, our brain is looking for what is new, what is different, and what has changed. New information is matched to a category that already exists in our mind.


This need to find order, to compare and contrast, and to pay attention to what remains the same is an important part of early learning. 



Old Mc Donald is going to the market to sell his vegetables and fruit. Prepare a worksheet or on the IWB show the vegetables and fruit the kids know the names of in English. Have two bags labelled VEGETABLES / FRUIT  and ask them to classify them. You can also ask them to label the pictures. 




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