I’ve been a long time fan of The Critical Thinking Co.™ They have several wonderful products that really help your kids think and understand. For this review, we were given many options. I personally chose Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 for us to use.
This is a small workbook of about 32 pages in length. It comes with a paperback cover in a glossy finish that features a serious looking detective on the front. I assume he is looking for clues, like any great detective would be.
Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 focuses on Math and Vocabulary. It is written by Michael Baker. Graphic Design is created by Scott Slyter. This book is designed for use with 4th through 12th graders.
The book itself requires students to read through the pages thoroughly, in order to comprehend the “case” and solve the problem presented in the “case” itself. You will begin with information written in an article that provides clues to the case. There is a line-up of suspects featured on the page of which you will need to deduct who did it. The second page provides a form where you write down the names of each suspect and use the provided evidence to tell why or why not the person was not the culprit in the “crime” or “case”.
Cases are titled simply. The Car Thief,The Chicken Breast Thief, The Plant Thief are only a few of the titles listed throughout the workbook. Some of the cases are pretty funny. Others are challenging. None are too hard to understand or complete.
The answers are included in the book, beginning on page 26. The answer section is thorough and shares info on each suspect as well as the culprit of the crime.
We began using this book together. We read through the crime article and discussed the details. Then we talked together about each suspect, discussing details, profiling each one. As we worked on deducting who did it, we discussed the culprit themselves and why they were the one who committed the crime. It was a fun exercise to work together on.
I also allowed my daughter to work on this herself for some of the articles. She simply wrote out her answers on notebook paper so that we could share the workbook with the other kids. It was easy for her to do since the outline is really simply and easy to follow. This allowed her to work on critical thinking without my guidance and she did very well. I look forward to using more of the books from this series with her in the future.
The Critical Thinking Co.™ offers tons of books for critical thinking which are available on their website. They also offer test prep, and full curriculum for use both with homeschooling and public schools. They have a catalog available for request on their website.
Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 is available in both Paperback and eBook for $8.99 each.
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