$160 per month
1 session per week
Life Skills - Critical Thinking
7 - 9 years old
Session 1: Using Context and Picture Clues
Students will define group, context and picture clues.
Students will analyze different pictures of groups and tell what people are doing in each image.
Students will practice using context and picture clues to determine the meaning of a new word.
Students will learn how to use their new skills when looking at a new informational text.
Word Mystery worksheet
Informational Text w/Comprehension Questions worksheet
Session 2: Problem Solving
Students will review their Word Mystery and Informational Text w/Comprehension Questions worksheets.
Students will identify the six step problem solving process.
Students will practice using the six step problem solving process to solve problems.
Think of a problem at home or in your community. Make a poster showing how you would solve the problem using the six step problem solving process.
Session 3: Cause and Effect
Students will present their problem solving posters to the class.
Students will define cause and effect.
Students will examine what happens when you water a plant throughout it's life cycle.
Students will identify the cause or effect of different circumstances.
Cause and Effect worksheet.
Session 4: Reading a Bar Graph
Students will review the Cause and Effect worksheet.
Students will define bar graph.
Students will analyze a bar graph to interpret data.
The class will make a bar graph showing their favorite foods.
Favorite Wild Animals worksheet
Session 5: Predict
Students will review Favorite Wild Animals worksheet.
Students will define predict.
Students will practice predicting a solution when faced with a problem.
Birthday Party prediction worksheet
Informational Text with Comprehension Questions worksheet
Session 6: Make a Decision
Students will review problem solving, cause and effect and prediction.
Students will define problem and decision.
Students will practice making a decision using the five step decision making process.
Use the Decision Making Worksheet to make a decision about something that you need to decide about in your life. Be ready to share your situation, decision making process and what you decided to do with the class in the next session.
Session 7: Read a Pie Chart
Students will present their Decision Making Worksheet, situation, decision and outcome with the class.
Students will identify what a pie chart is and what information a pie chart tells the reader.
Students will practice answering questions based on the information presented in a pie chart
Students will create their own pie chart using information they have researched in class.
Make a pie chart that shows ways you can spend and save your money.
Session 8: Main Idea and Details
Students will present their pie charts to the class.
Students will define topic, main idea, detail and the structure of a letter.
Students will identify the topic, main idea and details in a formal letter to a newspaper editor.
Students will construct a letter to a newspaper editor.
Identify a problem in your neighborhood. What is something that your community needs? Write a letter to your local newspaper about the problem. Be sure your letter has a topic, main idea and details. Share your letter with the class in the next session.
Session 9: Read a Table
Students will present their letters to class.
Students will edit their letters to make a final copy to send to editor of their local newspaper.
(NOTE: It is optional to actually send the letter to the paper. We want to make the experience as real as possible for our students.)
Students will address an envelope.
Students will define what a table is, how to use it and what type of information is gleaned from it.
Students will read a table to gather important information.
Learn about the capital, state bird and state flower of your state. Create a table showing this information. Include a drawing of your state's capitol building. Be ready to present your poster to the class in the next session.
Session 10: Put Things in Order
Students will present state posters to the class.
Students will understand what time order words are and how to use them.
Students will identify time order words in historical recipes.
Students will write a recipe.
Let's make a recipe. Ask a relative to share one of their favorite recipes with you. Use the recipe card provided to write down the recipe. Then, with an adult's help, try to recreate the recipe. Be sure to take pictures. Be ready to share the recipe card and pcitures with the class in the next session.
Session 11: Read a Time Line
Students will present their recipes and pictures to the class.
Students will define what a time line is and what information we can learn from it.
Students will examine historical timelines and answer questions from the information presented.
Students will practice using a time line to gather information.
Make a time line that shows important events in your life from birth to your current age. Be sure to draw or place pictures for each age. Be ready to share your time line with the class in the next session.
Session 12: Recall and Retell
Students will present their time lines to the class.
Students will define recalling, retelling and family history.
Students will retell in narrative form something important that had happened in their life.
Students will practice good attention skills and focus in order to retell the story "My Family History"
Students will practice retelling stories using their own words.
Ask an adult in your life to tell you a story from your family history. Listen very closely to the story. Rewrite the story in your own words then draw a picture or share a picture that goes with the story. Be ready to present the story in the next class session.
Session 13: Read a Calendar
Students will present their family history project to the class.
Students will define calendar, year, day, week, month and holiday
Students will use a calendar to identify important events and holidays.
Students will use a calendar to determine how many days or weeks until an event happens.
Students will construct their own calendar.
Draw a calendar for this month. Put important dates on it. Be ready to present your calendar to the class in the next session.
Session 14: Read a Diagram
Students will present their family history project to the class.
Students will define diagram.
Students will use diagrams to answer research questions about historical and scientific situations.
Students will make a diagram of their favorite toy, label it's parts and share it with the class.