Second Grade Critical Thinking Worksheets

This highly-effective, standards-based, 160-page book is a research-based instructional program that teaches beyond most state and Common Core standards by:

  • Improving children's observation and description skills
  • Developing academic vocabulary
  • Developing thinking skills that underlie content learning (describing/defining, identifying similarities and differences, sequencing, and classifying)
  • Improving students' understanding of key concepts in mathematics, social studies, and science
  • Students completing structured exercises to write sentences and paragraphs
  • Carefully sequencing lessons to develop thinking skills
  • Employing language integration techniques to teach thinking skills and key concepts

The program builds academic vocabulary using these important concepts: describe, compare and contrast, and classify shapes, position, patterns, matter, water, weather, land forms, bodies of water living and non-living things, communities, our country.

Observation lessons involve concrete examples using detailed photographs to develop observation skills. The student book provides activities that students may use to clarify their thinking and learning by peer and class discussion.


    • Describing Shapes – naming shapes, finding shapes to match a description, describing characteristics of a shape
    • Similarities and Differences – matching and combining shapes, producing equal figures, figure completion
    • Sequences – recognizing and producing the next figure in a sequence
    • Classification – classifying by shape and/or color, forming classes, depicting overlapping classes
    • Using positional and directional words


    • Describing – matching a picture to a description, describing people, animals, or objects shown in pictures, part/whole analysis
    • Similarities and Differences – selecting similar people, animals, or objects, explaining similarities and differences
    • Sequences – ranking objects or people by a significant characteristic
    • Classifications – explaining characteristics of a class, exceptions, sorting into classes
    • Analogies – naming the kind of analogy or completing the analogy

This book teaches the characteristics outlined in its mental models needed to describe or define a concept.


    • Increased scores on language proficiency and cognitive abilities tests
    • Increased scores on normed or criterion-referenced achievement tests
    • Proficient student writing
    • Increased number of students placed in advanced classes and subsequent successful performance

This student book can be used with a free, downloadable, answer PDF (get it here) or with a detailed, 192-page Teacher's Manual which can be purchased separately. The Teacher's Manual provides instructions to teach the lessons using research-proven methods that promote students' thinking:  direct instruction, cooperative learning, whole sentence responding, and language integration activities. The Teacher's Manual physical book is in black and white, but the eBook version is in color.

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Welcome to Education World's Work Sheet Library. In this section of our library, we present more than 100 ready-to-print student work sheets organized by grade level. Click on a grade level folder below to find a library of work sheets that you can use with your students to build a wide variety of critical thinking skills. All the work sheets in this library were provided to Education World by our partners at CriticalThinking.com. Click on the small banner advertisement above for a complete catalog of CriticalThinking.com teacher-ready activities.)

 

 


Visit Education World's Work Sheet Library for a wide variety of free printables for use across the curriculum and across the grades.

Balance Benders
Given that = ? on a balance scale, then which of the following simple algebraic expressions is also true? (Grades 2-4)

Following Directions
Follow the directions to mark the appropriate shapes. (Grades K-2)

Combining Attribute Blocks
Determine which figures can be made by combining two different attribute block shapes. (Grades K-2)

Naming Foods: Matching
Trace and copy each food name. Then draw a line from each food to its name. (Grades K-2)

Can You Find Me? (#1)
Use the rhyming clues to determine which picture the rhyme describes. (Grades K-2)

Can You Find Me? (#2)
Use the rhyming clues about words that begin with the /f/ sound to find one other /f/ word.

Lemur
Think about lemurs and birds, then finish the picture of the lemur. (Grades K-2)

Camel
Think about temperatures (warmer, colder) and finish the picture of the camel. (Grades K-2)

Non-Poisonous Snake
Figure out the shape of the snakes cage and then complete the picture of the snake. (Grades K-2)

Poisonous Snake
Figure out the shape of the snakes cage and then complete the picture of the snake. (Grades K-2)

An Indecent Chicken?
Read the true story. Then make an inference based on the evidence in the story. (Grades 2-4)

Push and Pull
This hands-on activity with common objects teaches the concept of force. (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#1)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#2)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#3)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#4)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Rhyme and Reason (#5)
Can you figure out the subjects of these simple rhymes? (Grades K-2)

Classifying: Color and Shape
Using two different colors of interlocking cubes, make two copies of each figure. (Grades K-2)

Verb Tenses
Use the words in the box to write the correct verb tense for each sentence. (Grades K-2)

Syllables
Use the clues about syllables to reason each animals name. (Grades K-2)

High Frequency Words: Colors
Circle the color words and then put them in alphabetical order. (Grades 1-2)

Math Analogies
Complete each math analogy by drawing the correct shape. (Grades K-2)

Sets
Circle each set that has three objects in it. (Grades K-2)

Math Reasoning and Baseball
How many total bases do you touch if you hit a single, double, triple, and home run? (Grades K-2)

Fruit Tree Addition
Count the fruit on the trees, then write the simple sum. (Grades K-2)

Metric Units: Temperature
Choose the temperature (Celsius) that matches each activity. (Grades 1-3)

Four Houses
Use the clues and the chart to help you figure out which house belongs to each person. (Grades K-2)

Four Cats
Use the clues and the chart to help you figure out which cat belongs to each family member. (Grades K-2)

Which Is Which?
Use the clues and your reasoning skills to figure out the answer to each question. (Grades K-2)

An Old-Fashioned Saturday
Read the story about collecting sap from maple trees, then answer the questions. (Grades 1-3)

Read and Find Comprehension
Read the list of 12 words. Can you find all 12 things in the picture? (Grades K-2)

Time and Measurement
Think hard about these tricky questions. (Grades 2-4)

Word Matrix
Fill in the boxes of each column with words belonging to that group. (Grades K-2)

Brain Ticklers
Figure out the number and the family names. (Grades K-2)

Thinker Doodles: Bunnies
Complete the bunny drawings and then color them as the directions suggest. (Grades K-2)

Thinker Doodles: Dinosaurs
Complete the dinosaur drawings and then color them as the directions suggest. (Grades K-2)

Mazes Pretest
Draw a line from the person to the house. Remember not to cross any lines. (Grades K-2)

Visual Figure Ground Activity
Follow directions. Dont let the confusing picture confuse you! (Grades K-2)

Find the Matching Figure
Match the figures. Look closely -- the matching figures may be hiding. (Grades K-2)

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