Two activities to explore children's attitudes to questions and to ask them to consider degrees of truth in answers to a question.
The Language or Reasoning
REASONING CONCEPTS are those words that give structure our thoughts and connect them with other thoughts in larger structures. They are words like cause, whole, same, different, some, all, reason, definition, conclusion, alternative, important and evidence. We need to understand their resourcefulness in order to compare, infer, rank, construct arguments and do all the other things distinctive of complex thinking and dialogue.
In this section we collect activities and ideas to help you develop your pupils’ capacities to understand reasoning concepts and and the variety of ways they can be expressed and used in critical and creative thinking.
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Thoughts and an exercise about similarities and differences
Activities to help children think about what makes good questions and how to answer them.
An activity to help children become aware of generalisation, its uses and abuses.
An exercise on giving examples .
Two exercises on inferring, the act of thinking beyond what is given.