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Critical Thinking: Activities

Apps for Smartphones & Tablets

Smart Riddles by Ocho Apps and Cooler

From little riddles for little people to smart riddles for grown-ups. We have them all! Share them with your friends or try to answer all by yourself.

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TH!NK by June Software

Think attempts to slowly teach the player to think visually and uses these learnings to construct more complicated ideas further into the game. Can you take a look at a bunch of images and figure out what ideas they are trying to communicate?

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Higher Order Thinking Skills and Angry Birds

The slingshot launches the birds toward the pigs. The birds often need to destroy other materials en route to destroying the pigs.

Explain why/how certain birds work better in different situations.

Demonstrate how/when you use similar but different tools/skills in different real-life situations.

Contrast Angry Birds with other video games. Why/how did it get so popular so quickly? How did smartphones and tablets factor into its success?

Imagine how the game would be different if the pigs could move or counter attack. Also, propose different types of slingshots.

Bacon is very popular right now. Judge whether Angry Birds should have an Oscar Mayer bacon cross promotion (because of the destroyed pigs). Defend your decision.

Higher Order Thinking Skills and Replacing Your Car's Brake Pads

Identify the proper brake pads, as well as the tools you'll need to replace them. Don't forget the jacks!

Explain how/why newer brake pads provide better stopping power. What should we know about rotors?

After watching some YouTube videos, try to replace your brake pads. How can a friend help make the task easier?

Summarize your experience with replacing your car's brake pads. What proved easier/more difficult than you expected?

Propose a way to make the process as quick and easy as possible. Would cars need to be built differently to help this?

Rate how well you did by taking a test drive with your new brake pads. Try stopping different ways at different speeds to see if any problems persist.

Logic Puzzles & Critical Thinking Games

Cuzzle #5 (Critical Thinking Puzzle)

Cuzzle Answers

Looking for the Answers to the Critical Thinking Puzzles (Cuzzles) that are scattered throughout the guide? Open the document below!

Out of the Comfort Zone