This week starts my second round of PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) lessons in 3rd grade. Over the next two weeks, we will continue to focus on convergent thinking. With convergent thinking, you read and organize the clues, reflect and think about the clues, use clues together and come up with an answer. The students will solve some more puzzles that the friends in the Puzzlers Club created. Ask your 3rd grade students which friends in Crystal Pond Woods use convergent thinking.
In second grade, Dudley is helping Sybil clean her lab. Dudley and the students use analytical thinking to label the containers of specimens in her lab. Then, we use deductive thinking to put the containers in a certain order on the high shelf in Sybil's lab. Deductive and analytical thinking are both types of convergent thinking.
Finally, in first grade the students are working on deductive thinking. Dudley has created a party game for Felix Frog's birthday party. The students use a Venn Diagram and deductive thinking to identify everyone at the celebration.
The PETS lessons are fun and challenging. I love the fact that each grade's lessons carry over to the next year. Therefore, the students are using their prior knowledge about how we think to help them solve the current year's puzzles and problems.
Continuing to develop the whole child...