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Creating Thinking Classrooms + Quick Guides
Special bundle pricing! Purchase Creating Thinking Classrooms together with Using Thoughtbooks to Sustain Inquiry and Framing Critical Inquiry Questions and Tasks and save 10% off the regular price of $58.85.
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Cross-curricular
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Developing Understanding through the Arts-Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada's First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920
Guide your students in exploring the experiences of Ukrainian and other European immigrants to Canada in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the impacts of internment on individuals, families and communities.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Framing Critical Inquiry Questions and Tasks
Use the practical ideas, examples and templates in this booklet to support student inquiry with questions and tasks that effectively promote critical, creative and collaborative thinking.
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Cross-curricular
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Snapshots in Time: Significant Events in Canadian History Set 1
Use the 50 visual timeline cards as a game, learning tool, learning resource or assessment strategy to help your students investigate well-known historical events that are commonly included in K-12 curricula across Canada.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Teaching Historical Thinking (Revised and expanded edition)
Introduce students to six interrelated concepts central to their ability to think critically about history using clear explanations of each concept, teaching suggestions for applying them throughout the curriculum and an extended teaching example.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Post-secondary
Senior (10-12)
Enseigner la pensée géographique
Faire participer les elèves dans la pensee geographique grâce à la pensee critique en utilisant un cadre solide de concepts, d’exemples, de questions et de critères interdependants. (Voir aussi Leçons modèles de pensee geographique.)
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Geography
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Exemplars in Geographical Thinking
Engage students in thinking geographically about a wide range of regional, national and global issues. (See also Teaching Geographical Thinking)
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Geography
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Leçons modèles de pensée géographique
Encourager les elèves à penser de façon critique en geographie en s’appuyant sur un large eventail de sujets et d’enjeux regionaux, nationaux et mondiaux. (Voir aussi Enseigner la pensee geographique.)
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Geography
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Leçons modèles de pensée historique : le XXe siècle au Canada
Orienter les elèves pour qu’ils utilisent six concepts de pensee historique pour mieux reflechir à un eventail d’evenements et de personnages historiques, en utilisant des exemples du XXe siècle au Canada. (Voir Enseigner la pensee historique)
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Teaching Geographical Thinking (Revised and expanded edition)
Engage students in geographical thinking through critical inquiry using a solid framework of interrelated concepts, examples, questions and criteria. (See also Exemplars in Geographical Thinking.)
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Geography
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
The Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and Strategies for Elementary Teachers
Use this comprehensive collection of ideas and activities, reflecting the best of theory and of practice, to provide context, insight and direction for teaching and learning in elementary social studies.
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Geography
History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Post-secondary
Primary (K-3)
The Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and Strategies for Secondary Teachers
Use this comprehensive collection of ideas and strategies to provide practical context and direction for teaching and learning in your secondary social studies, geography and/or history classroom.
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Geography
History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Post-secondary
Senior (10-12)
Using Thoughtbooks to Sustain Inquiry
Use the practical ideas, examples and templates in this booklet to help students use the Thoughtbook format to capture their thinking and to revisit and refine their evolving work.
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Cross-curricular
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Creating Thinking Classrooms
Navigate the opportunities and challenges of current reform initiatives by focusing on three important shifts: reorienting to a thinking classroom; attending to enriched goals; and aligning practices with key principles of 21st century learning.
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Cross-curricular
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Developing Independent-Mindedness: Stargirl novel study
Use the critical thinking challenges in this novel study to help students explore the habit of mind of independent-mindedness and to nurture a sense of personal identity in the face of social pressure.
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English / Language arts
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Investigating Images
Guide students to interpret the explicit content of images, read behind images and challenge images to better understand historical and contemporary times and places.
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Art
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada's First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920
Guide your students in exploring the events, causes and consequences of the internment of thousands of individuals in Canada during the First World War era. Available as a PDF only.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
The Competencies Toolkit
The Competencies Toolkit is a print version of the Tools for Thought online collection. Nurture students' ability to think, act and communicate using lessons that teach the range of tools needed to develop the competencies needed for 21st century learning.
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Art
Cross-curricular
English / Language arts
Family studies / Sociology
Geography
Health / Physical education
History
Mathematics
Politics / Civics / Activism
Science
Social studies
Technology / Business
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Enseigner la pensée historique
Presenter aux elèves six concepts interdependants de pensee historique qui seront cles dans leur capacite de penser de façon critique en utilisant des explications claires de chaque concept, des suggestions d’enseignement pour application à travers le curriculum et un exemple comprehensif d’enseignement.
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Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1946-1982
Use this collection of cartoons from the 1946 to 1982 to enrich your students' study of several significant political issues of Canada's postwar years. (See also The art of decoding political cartoons: a teacher's guide)
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Investigating Realistic Stories
Guide students to use eight fully-developed strategies to bring the study of history and global issues alive.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Teaching Archaeological Thinking
Introduce your students to six interrelated concepts central to students' ability to think critically about archeology using clear explanations of each concept, teaching suggestions for applying them throughout the curriculum and extended teaching examples.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Caring for Young People's Rights
Use critical thinking challenges about young people in a variety of developing countries to foster understanding of the nature and importance of basic human rights.
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Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Exploring Identity, Inclusion and Citizenship: The 1907 Vancouver Riots
Using the 1907 Vancouver Riots, students explore themes of identity, inclusion and citizenship from the perspectives of five key groups.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Exemplars in Historical Thinking: 20th Century Canada
Guide students to use six historical thinking concepts to think more deeply about a wide range of historical events and people, using examples from 20th century Canada. (See also Teaching About Historical Thinking)
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Globalizing Connections: Canada and the Developing World
Using a three-step framework, students analyze the historical roots, contemporary challenges and Canadian responses to globalization in eight areas of human interaction. Available as a PDF only.
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Geography
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Critical Challenges for Primary Students
Using detailed lessons plans, provide young children with tools to think critically about a range of topics in a variety of subject areas.
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Cross-curricular
English / Language arts
Mathematics
Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Critical Challenges in English for Secondary Students
Use critical thinking challenges that span a wide variety of literature genres to teach students tools for criitcal thinking in English. Available as a PDF only.
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English / Language arts
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Teaching about Historical Thinking
Introduce students to six interrelated concepts central to their ability to think critically about history using clear explanations of each concept, teaching suggestions for applying them throughout the curriculum and an extended teaching example.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Simply Read!
Guide your pre-schooler, home-schooled child or discouraged reader towards reading success in a natural way using strategies that focus on making sense of text rather than just sounding out words.
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Cross-curricular
English / Language arts
Primary (K-3)
Simply Write!
Use the ideas in this book to help your family experience the importance and joy of writing by making it part of everyday life.
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Cross-curricular
English / Language arts
Primary (K-3)
Active Citizenship: Student Action Projects
Guide students to plan and implement a social action project using the problem-solving model and critical thinking tools developed through a variety of learning activities.
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Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Selected Critical Challenges in Social Studies-Intermediate/Middle School
Engage students in thinking critically in social studies using challenges about a variety of topics including ancient civilizations, Canadian history, the Canadian north, present-day Canada and media. Available as a PDF only.
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Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Contributing to Family and Community
Through a variety of critical thinking challenges, students explore the many ways in which family and community members help meet one another's needs. Available as a PDF only.
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Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War
Through extended critical thinking challenges, students explore aspects of the Hundred Years War as they examine the character and trial of Joan of Arc and compare the Black Death to the modern day HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Rights, Roles and Responsibilities
Through several critical thinking challenges, students explore various school roles, consider how learning needs are met at school, and assess how well they meet their responsibilities to themselves and to others.
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Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Brazilian Rainforest
Through a variety of critical thinking challenges, students take on the role of investigative journalists in researching issues related to the Brazilian rain forest as seen through the eyes of different stakeholder groups.
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Geography
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Celebrating Families
Through a variety of critical thinking challenges, students explore similarities and differences among families, including their own.
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Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Early Contact and Settlement in New France
Guide students to think critically about the history of New France, using critical thinking challenges about events from early contact to the late 17th century. Available as a PDF only.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1915-1945
Using this collection of political cartoons, guide students in examining a wide range of political and social perspectives on the regional and national issues of Canadian history between 1915 and 1945. (See also The art of decoding political cartoons: a teacher's guide)
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
I Can Make A Difference
Using critical thinking challenges, support your students in undertaking responsible "social" action in the home, at school and in the broader community.
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Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Immigration in 20th Century Canada
Help students think critically about the treatment of immigrant groups as they research their own family histories and analyze the uneven reception of immigrant groups arriving in Canada.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Legacies of Ancient Egypt
Students explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt as they engage in a number of critical thinking challenges, culminating in the creation of a museum exhibition.
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History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Managing Our Natural Wealth
Through a variety of critical thinking challenges, students learn about Canada's natural resources and then focus on problems and solutions related to forestry, fishing and mining in British Columbia.
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Geography
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Snapshots of 19th Century Canada
Use several critical thinking challenges to help your students examine the social, political and economical conditions throughout the 19th century from four groups' perspectives - English Canadian, French Canadians, recent immigrants and Aboriginal peoples. Available as a PDF only.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
The Resourcefulness of the Inuit
As they engage in several critical thinking challenges, students celebrate the cultural uniqueness and resourcefulness of the Inuit both past and present.
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Geography
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Canada's Constitutional Crisis - A Simulation
As delegates to a simulated contemporary constitutional conference, students develop, negotiate and ultimately decide whether or not to support proposed amendments to Canada's constitution.
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Parliament in Session - A Simulation
As legislators at a parliament in session of a fictional country, students attempt to secure or defeat passage of several pieces of legislation.
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Re-enacting Confederation - A Simulation
As representatives at a hypothetical 1864 Ottawa conference, students decide whether or not to join in Confederation, and experience the complexities and compromises faced by the Fathers of Confederation. Available as a PDF only.
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
The Art of Decoding Political Cartoons: A Teacher's Guide
Guide students in developing the critical thinking skills needed to appreciate and understand political cartoons. (See also Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1820-1914; Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1915-1945; and Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1946-1982)
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1820-1914
Help your students trace Canada's political, economic and social evolution from 1820 up to the outbreak of World War using political cartoons. (See also The art of decoding political cartoons: a teacher's guide)
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History
Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Critical Challenges in Social Studies for Junior High Students
Engage students in thinking critically in social studies using challenges in five areas: Asia, the European middle ages, the Renaissance, North American exploration, and conflict and resolution. Available as a PDF only.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Actions Make a Difference: A Unit for Grades 1/2
Assist your students to understand the concept of a "hidden hero" as they examine thoughtful and thoughtless actions at school and within the community, building appreciation of the power of kind words and deeds. Available as a PDF only.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Alberta Social Studies 10-1/10-2 Globalization
Use this comprehensive, ready-to use, interactive digital resource to engage students in critical inquiry into the prescribed subject matter for grade 10 Alberta social studies.
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Geography
History
Social studies
Senior (10-12)
Alberta Social Studies 20-1/20-2 Nationalism
Use this comprehensive, ready-to use, interactive digital resource to engage students in critical inquiry into the prescribed subject matter for grade 11 Alberta social studies.
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History
Social studies
Senior (10-12)
Exploring Identity, Inclusion and Citizenship (Supplementary Documents)
Use these documents to supplement the publication Exploring Identity, Inclusion and Citizenship: The 1907 Vancouver Riots.
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Hidden Heroes in Action: A Unit for Grades 3/4
Assist your students to deepen their understanding of hidden heroes using super heroes, problem solving, self-assessment and goal setting. Available as a PDF only.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Primary (K-3)
La protection des droits de la jeunesse (fiches reproductibles)
Gratuites avec l’achat de la ressource anglaise Les notes pedagogiques qui expliquent comment utiliser les fiches d’information, les tableaux, les documents et les grilles d’evaluation ne sont pas disponibles en français. Il faudra consulter la version complète en anglais afin d’utiliser efficacement les fiches reproductibles ci-jointes. Disponible en format PDF uniquement.
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Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Senior (10-12)
Ontario Geography 7A: Physical Patterns in a Changing World
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: How should we respond to our changing Earth?
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Geography
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Ontario History 8B: Canada 1890-1914: A Changing Society
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: What parts of the textbook account are historically valid?
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History
Social studies
Middle (7-9)
Ontario Social Studies 2A: Changing Family and Community Traditions
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: What is important about our similarities and differences?
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Social studies
Primary (K-3)
Ontario Social Studies 4A: Early Societies
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: Why are early societies worth learning about?
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Geography
History
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Ontario Social Studies 5B: Good Government and Responsible Citizenship
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: What are the most effective ways citizens and governments can ensure that our community, province and country are good places to live?
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Politics / Civics / Activism
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Ontario Social Studies 6A: Community Stories and Canadian Identity
Use this comprehensive, ready-to-use, interactive digital resource package as you guide your students through an ongoing critical challenge exploring the overarching question: How can we most effectively communicate what it means to be Canadian?
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Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Our Students’ Hidden Heroes: Stories and Pictures Written and Drawn by Students
Use these student-generated stories and images about hidden heroes as models for student writing and catalysts for discussion.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Middle (7-9)
Primary (K-3)
Social Responsibility: Grades 5/6 Learning Resource
Assist your students to nurture the hidden hero within themselves, using self-understanding and a positive attitude. Available as a PDF only.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Intermediate (4-6)
Social Responsibility: Grades 7/8 Learning Resource
Assist your students to deepen their understanding of themselves as they explore the "ripple effect" of making small personal changes in attitudes and actions. Available as a PDF only.
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English / Language arts
Social studies
Middle (7-9)