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ThinkUp! builds on and deepens students’ understanding of fundamental concepts learned in earlier grades with continued emphasis on critical thinking, exploration, and mastery of concepts. As students relate to and apply learning in new ways, ThinkUp! encourages them to discover, investigate, and draw conclusions based on higher-order thinking.
Students thrive by continuing to learn and apply the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking and by following the same pattern of ThinkUp! unit components from previous years. As they enter these crucial tested grade-levels, students have familiarity and confidence as critical thinkers to unpack questions and learn more complex concepts and skills. They can think at deeper levels, use step-by-step processes to solve problems, and find reasonable solutions—resulting in standards mastery and improved performance.
TAILORED INSTRUCTION FOR ALL STUDENTS AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Educators can rely on ThinkUp! to expose students to grade-appropriate, relatable topics with diverse content and activities that promote critical thinking. ThinkUp! solidifies instruction by providing extension activities to encourage the application of concepts in new ways and intervention activities to support concept mastery for all students. Both rigorous and flexible, ThinkUp! can be used as a core instructional resource, or to supplement other teaching materials.
CONSISTENT AND DEPENDABLE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT
Standards drive instruction with thoughtfully chosen content and activities that support an understanding and mastery of standards. You can expect the same level of dedication and care to the alignment of standards and focus on critical thinking no matter the subject or grade level. ThinkUp! supports the gradual release model of instruction and vertical alignment to prepare students for the challenging, high-stakes tests they’ll face.
The ThinkUp! Critical Thinking Student Wheels for levels 1–3, 4–5, and 6–12 offer quick-and-easy access to critical thinking stems based on Bloom's Taxonomy. The wheels also feature nine traits when fully applied help students become active and productive thinkers as they face challenges, solve problems, make decisions, and complete tasks.
Team ThinkUp! offers educators and students a common language for critical thinking instruction at the classroom level. This focus is on making thinking visible. Team ThinkUp! encourages students to self-assess their understanding and usage of critical thinking traits during learning.
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