Handout of Bloom’s taxonomy verbs for lesson objectives
Discussion (3 min) Use handouts to facilitate discussion. Article by Vera Schneider.
DocCam. Task: Identify how the objectives of the lessons refer to the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy?
Hand out textbooks.
Critical thinking in elementary education by Evgeniya (Jane) Borisova
By Evgeniya “Jane” Borisova
Introduce the concept of Critical Thinking
Discuss the importance of developing Critical
Bloom’s Taxonomy and Critical Thinking
Hands on! Samples of Critical Thinking lessons
Try it out! Design of content area lessons
incorporating Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is an ability to recognize if a
certain notion/concept/idea or claim is always
true, partly true, or false. The concept of
Western Critical Thinking comes from ancient
Greece and represents Socratic school of
Do they have a 4th of July in England?
I don't know
There are 3 apples and you take away 2.
How many do you have?
According to Facione (2013) the following
abilities form critical thinking:
Ability to interpret information
Ability to analyze and synthesize
Ability to evaluate information
Ability to infer (identify elements/signs to
Ability to explain phenomena
Ability to self-regulate (understand one’s
own thinking process)
Source: 2013. Facione, PA, “Critical Thinking: What It is and Why it Counts”
Why is it especially important to start
developing ct skills in elementary
Due to the current educational reform NCLB
students are required to memorize enormous
amounts of information to just be able to
reproduce it on the test.
The assumption is that once that information
is memorized the students will always
CT instruction allows to build upon existing
knowledge and develop independent judgment
of important concepts.
By developing CT in elementary students
teachers reinforce their ability to transfer
content knowledge from across the
Source:2005. Published by The Critical Thinking Co.
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a system developed in
1956 by Benjamin Bloom to categorize
intellectual skills and behavior important for
learning. Bloom distinguished six cognitive
levels: knowledge, comprehension,
application, analysis, synthesis, and
evaluation, with the level of difficulty rising
from basic knowledge-recall skills to the
highest level, evaluation.