Deep Thinking for Little Minds

I know I have been guilty in the past of not asking my students enough higher order thinking questions.  If I don’t make a conscious effort to ask open ended questions, I find myself asking a lot of yes or no questions, or questions that have only one right answer. I really wanted to focus on making sure I am asking questions to help my students improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
I created a set of question cards that I will be using every morning during our morning meeting.

This set includes 100 questions that will get your students thinking critically, and talking.
None of the questions have “one right answer” and none of them can be answered with just a simple “yes” or “no.”
These questions will lead to rich discussions, and help to improve oral language.
If you’d like to check out these cards (two sets available), just click on either of the pictures below to head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. 
What are your favorite ways to improve critical thinking with your students?

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  1. Great idea, Jodi! I love the idea of using your questions for critical thinking. These would be great for a morning meeting activity or a partner talk.

  2. These cards are brilliant!! I try to include a few deep questions in my lesson plans, or on post its in my read alouds, otherwise I totally forget them hahah!! These would be perfect for morning meeting or as brain breaks!!

  3. I just got a job for this upcoming year teaching 1st grade….I took 6 years off while having kids. Before that I only taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I am getting so many great ideas from your blog!! Quick question with these cards….would you ask them as a group and have a few kids answer or share with a partner or do you like to get everyone to respond?

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