I am so excited to start the Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS) lessons in 3rd grade this week. This will be the first year continuing these lessons into the 3rd grade. Therefore, all students in grades kindergarten through third will be getting the enrichment thinking skills lessons every other week in the classroom.
For the next two weeks in third grade, I will review the friends and types of thinking from Crystal Pond Woods. Then, we will move on to an activity where we will practice convergent thinking. Dudley the Detective and Sybil the Scientist both use convergent thinking. In convergent thinking, you find and organize clues, take time and reflect on those clues, put clues together and finally determine the correct answer. The students get practice using their convergent thinking skills as we solve some "Puzzler's Club" puzzles together.
In second grade, Sybil the Scientist is showing Dudley the Detective the system she uses to classify objects by their attributes. This system is a Venn Diagram. When we classify objects by their attributes, we are using analytical thinking.
In first grade, the students are practicing the deductive thinking solving some different problems and puzzles. We are learning to think like Dudley the Detective by reading the clues, thinking about the clues, never jumping to conclusions and finding the one correct answer.
Having fun in Crystal Pond Woods and we continue to develop the whole child....