Critical Thinking Lab
Web Page Updated: 9/25/17
Welcome to the Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Technology Lab!
We are preparing for today’s world of technology while learning to think critically to solve authentic problems. Students practice skills such as asking questions, constructing viable arguments, justifying their reasoning and thinking through discussions and analysis of real world problems. Students are learning to use technology to represent their thinking in creative ways as well as learning the basics to code a computer. I look forward to working with you and your children to provide enriching and reinforcing lessons that support what they are learning in their classrooms.
Grade K~How can we use technology to help us count and represent numbers 1 to 10?
Grade 1~How can we use technology to help us solve problems involving addition and subtraction within 20?
Grade 2~How can we use technology to help us represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers?
Grade 3~How can we use technology to help us understand the place value system in order to solve problems with comparing, adding and subtracting within 1,000?
Grade 4~How can we use technology to help us understand the place value of multi-digit numbers in order to solve problems?
Grade 5~How can we use technology to help us solve problems and understand the place value system (including decimals)?
How To Help Your Child Think Critically in Math:
Ask your child to explain what they know about the problem or try some of these questions:
*Tell me what the problem is, and help me understand how you are thinking about it.
What do you think we need to do?
This encourages the student to take the first step in analyzing the problem. They usually know more than they think they know.
*Have you seen a problem like this before?
*How did you get your answer?
*Are there alternative solutions to the problem? If so, what are they?
*Can you figure out another way to do that problem?
*Is this the most important question to ask when solving the problem?
*What questions need to be answered before answering this question?
*Does your answer make sense? Is it reasonable?
*What was easy about that problem? What was difficult?
*Could we play that game another way? A better way?
*Listen more than you talk! Let your child struggle through the problem – be their support without giving the answers.
*Look for opportunities to solve problems in everyday life, such as going shopping, estimating, planning a birthday party, etc.
Suppose you need to measure exactly 1 cup of water.
All that you have in your kitchen are two containers. The smaller container holds 3 cups and the larger holds 5 cups.
How can you use these two containers to measure exactly 1 cup of water?