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Critical thinking ideas, activities, and printable resources for the elementary classroom. Logic puzzles, brain teasers, problem solving, and more!

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Take Jack and the Beanstalk to the next level with this Fairy Tale STEM activity. Students will plan, design, build, and test a beanstalk for Jack to climb. This resource requires minimal materials and is low-prep. Perfect for elementary school! Build a Beanstalk STEM is a great way to integrate reading, writing, science, and math. Teachers Toolbox, Jack And The Beanstalk, Green Paper, Stem Activities, Plan Design, Elementary Schools, Fairy Tales, Minimal, Students

Fairy Tale STEM

Take Jack and the Beanstalk to the next level with this Fairy Tale STEM activity. Students will plan, design, build, and test a beanstalk for Jack to climb. This resource requires minimal materials and is low-prep. Perfect for elementary school! Build a Beanstalk STEM is a great way to integrate reading, writing, science, and math.

Spring Logic Puzzles. Great brain teasers to start critical thinking and problem solving in the elementary classroom. Grid puzzles with answer keys. Grid Puzzles, Logic Puzzles, Spring Activities, Teacher Hacks, Brain Teasers, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Back To School, Have Fun

Logic Puzzles Spring

Spring Logic Puzzles. Great brain teasers to start critical thinking and problem solving in the elementary classroom. Grid puzzles with answer keys.

Are you looking for an engaging and worthwhile alternative to traditional homework? Read this blog post about my Creative Homework Project! Get to know your students on a different level as they study and present on a self-selected topic. This project really ups the engagement factor as students research and learn about anything they want! Loved by teachers, parents, and students!! 1st Grade Activities, Teaching Activities, Teaching Resources, Elementary Classroom Themes, Classroom Resources, Teacher Blogs, Teacher Hacks, Critical Thinking Activities, Teachers Toolbox
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Homework Alternative

Are you looking for an engaging and worthwhile alternative to traditional homework? Read this blog post about my Creative Homework Project! Get to know your students on a different level as they study and present on a self-selected topic. This project really ups the engagement factor as students research and learn about anything they want! Loved by teachers, parents, and students!!

These Boom Cards are perfect practice for reading and following directions. Students will sort, categorize, and build cupcakes according to the given directions. Perfect for homework, extra practice, centers, and distance learning! Kindergarten Classroom Management, Elementary School Counseling, School Counselor, Classroom Resources, Counseling Activities, Team Building Activities, Learning Activities, Critical Thinking Activities, Teachers Toolbox

Following Directions

These Boom Cards are perfect practice for reading and following directions. Students will sort, categorize, and build cupcakes according to the given directions. Perfect for homework, extra practice, centers, and distance learning!

These Valentine's Day themed “which one doesn’t belong” activity cards are designed to promote oral language and critical thinking skills, develop problem solving skills and encourage analyzing, sorting and categorizing skills. Students will learn to justify their choice as there is always more than one right answer! #valentinesdayactivity #criticalthinking #thinkingskills #thinkingroutine #whichonedeosntbelong #problemsolving #reasoningskills #kindergarten #firstgrade #distancelearning Valentines Day Activities, Holiday Activities, Craft Activities For Kids, Writing Activities, Activity Ideas, Critical Thinking Activities, Critical Thinking Skills, Which One Doesnt Belong, Problem Solving Skills

Valentine's Day Themed - Which One Doesn't Belong? - Critical Thinking Skills

These Valentine's Day themed “which one doesn’t belong” activity cards are designed to promote oral language and critical thinking skills, develop problem solving skills and encourage analyzing, sorting and categorizing skills. Students will learn to justify their choice as there is always more than one right answer! #valentinesdayactivity #criticalthinking #thinkingskills #thinkingroutine #whichonedeosntbelong #problemsolving #reasoningskills #kindergarten #firstgrade #distancelearning

Escape rooms are very popular right now! Make your own and plan this fun activity for kids at home with this DIY escape room. #escaperoom #escaperoomforkids #escaperoomDIY #activitiesforkidsathome #activitiesforkids Critical Thinking Activities, Quiet Time Activities, Indoor Activities For Kids, Montessori Activities, Fun Learning, Learning Activities, Preschool Activities, Teaching Ideas, Escape Room For Kids
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Activities for Kids at Home

Escape rooms are very popular right now! Make your own and plan this fun activity for kids at home with this DIY escape room. #escaperoom #escaperoomforkids #escaperoomDIY #activitiesforkidsathome #activitiesforkids

Have you used logic puzzles with your students? I LOVE doing logic puzzles AND teaching my primary students how to do them as well! Read this blog post about five reasons to try logic puzzles in your classroom. You can grab some free samples, too! 1st Grade Activities, Fun Classroom Activities, Teaching Activities, Classroom Fun, Classroom Resources, Teaching Resources, Elementary Classroom Themes, Elementary Math, Teacher Blogs
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Logic Puzzles

Have you used logic puzzles with your students? I LOVE doing logic puzzles AND teaching my primary students how to do them as well! Read this blog post about five reasons to try logic puzzles in your classroom. You can grab some free samples, too!

These Boom Cards are perfect for reading comprehension and logic practice for elementary students. Students read three clues and choose the correct answer. Self-correcting with engaging pictures and clues. Reading Comprehension Strategies, Reading Passages, Reading Resources, Classroom Resources, Reading Activities, Winter Activities, Critical Thinking Activities, Teachers Toolbox, Common Core Curriculum
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Reading and Logic

These Boom Cards are perfect for reading comprehension and logic practice for elementary students. Students read three clues and choose the correct answer. Self-correcting with engaging pictures and clues.

This Christmas STEM activity is the perfect indpendent or team project for winter or anytime! All you need are toothpicks and gumdrops. Students will plan, design, create, build, and evaulate their gumdrop structures. Engage your students while encouraging problem solving and creative thinking skills. Christmas Activities For School, Holiday Activities, Science Activities, Activities For Kids, Kindergarten Science, Elementary Science, Creative Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking Activities, Engage In Learning

Christmas STEM Activities for Kids

This Christmas STEM activity is the perfect indpendent or team project for winter or anytime! All you need are toothpicks and gumdrops. Students will plan, design, create, build, and evaulate their gumdrop structures. Engage your students while encouraging problem solving and creative thinking skills.

Valentine Logic Puzzles. Great brain teasers to start critical thinking and problem solving in the elementary classroom. Grid puzzles with answer keys. Teachers Toolbox, Teacher Tools, Teacher Hacks, Reading Response Activities, Critical Thinking Activities, Grid Puzzles, Logic Puzzles, Back To School Activities, Math Activities
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Logic Puzzles Valentine's Day

Valentine Logic Puzzles. Great brain teasers to start critical thinking and problem solving in the elementary classroom. Grid puzzles with answer keys.

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Christmas Logic Puzzles

Are you looking for fun, yet educational, Halloween activities? These Halloween Logic Puzzles are perfect! Students can begin solving introductory grid logic puzzles with a Halloween theme. Excellent for critical thinking and problem solving practice. Use at your Halloween party or for Halloween morning work. Fun Halloween Activities, 1st Grade Activities, Halloween Math, Holiday Activities, Critical Thinking Activities, Logic Puzzles, Classroom Crafts, Math Stations, Morning Work
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Halloween Logic Puzzles

Are you looking for fun, yet educational, Halloween activities? These Halloween Logic Puzzles are perfect! Students can begin solving introductory grid logic puzzles with a Halloween theme. Excellent for critical thinking and problem solving practice. Use at your Halloween party or for Halloween morning work.

Over 100 Printable Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles will challenge kids to use critical thinking skills by using fun, tricky, problem solving riddles. These Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers have students read clues then use illustrated pictures that keep kids actively engaged, challenged, but not frustrated! This BUNDLE of Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles includes seasonal puzzles and daily puzzle activities. Check out this resource for your gifted students and intermediate students… Enrichment Activities, Teaching Activities, Teaching Ideas, Teaching Resources, Fourth Grade Math, Second Grade Math, Special Education Classroom, Classroom Resources, Classroom Ideas
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Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles Math Challenges

Over 100 Printable Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles will challenge kids to use critical thinking skills by using fun, tricky, problem solving riddles. These Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers have students read clues then use illustrated pictures that keep kids actively engaged, challenged, but not frustrated! This BUNDLE of Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles includes seasonal puzzles and daily puzzle activities. Check out this resource for your gifted students and intermediate students…

Halloween Logic Puzzles

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Halloween Logic Puzzles

These literature circles are perfect for elementary students to use with any book!  Read, discuss, make connections, and ask and answer questions.  This resource contains 5 different literature circle roles and recording sheets for each role.  Perfect for elementary school, distance learning, home school, or reading intervention. Comprehension Activities, Vocabulary Activities, Teaching Activities, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Ideas, Reading Intervention, Reading Response, Critical Thinking Activities, Teachers Toolbox
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Literature Circle Roles

These literature circles are perfect for elementary students to use with any book! Read, discuss, make connections, and ask and answer questions. This resource contains 5 different literature circle roles and recording sheets for each role. Perfect for elementary school, distance learning, home school, or reading intervention.

These logic puzzles have a fun back to school theme. These brain teasers are great for introducing grid puzzles to elementary students! Perfect for building critical thinking and problem solving skills. Includes answer keys! Back To School Activities, School Resources, Classroom Resources, Math Activities, Teaching Resources, Grid Puzzles, Logic Puzzles, Critical Thinking Activities, Teachers Toolbox
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Logic Puzzles

These logic puzzles have a fun back to school theme. These brain teasers are great for introducing grid puzzles to elementary students! Perfect for building critical thinking and problem solving skills. Includes answer keys!