These free downloadable Thanksgiving-themed critical thinking centers will be sure to please your students! “Who Likes Pumpkin Pie?” and “Sensible Squash” are hands-on center activities that will keep students engaged, especially during the excitement of Thanksgiving festivities. Center activities are perfect as short time-fillers and as a Thanksgiving-themed classroom activity – while providing the educational benefit of boosting critical thinking skills!
- containers of counters
- reproducible page and center sign; .
Steps to Follow
Discuss strategies for working with a logic matrix such as identifying clues and what information they give. Does the clue eliminate someone or something? (Highlighting key words and phrases help students pinpoint important clues.)
Read the clues and put a counter on the correct box. If there can be no other answer for that person, make an X in all the boxes after that name. Since each person eats only one thing, make an X on all the other boxes under that food. For example: make an X on all the other foods in Ann’s row. Also make an X on all the other boxes under ice cream.
Explain to students that once they are happy with their answers, they are to remove the counters one at a time, coloring in the boxes they have marked.
If students have limited experience solving a matrix problem, have them work in pairs.
Steps to Follow
Laminate and cut out cards.
Place each set of cards in an envelope (you should have 4 envelope sets).
Encourage students to create more squash patterns and write the clues on the back of their record sheets.