*This post is also featured on the TpT blog.*

###### What is higher order thinking?

*the ability to use critical thinking skills to transfer their knowledge in order to solve a problem.*

__right away__:

###### REAL WORLD PROBLEMS:

__Here are some example questions to get you started:__

**– You are having a big party and everyone in the class is invited! You want to bring in cupcakes but you need to know how many boxes to bring. There are 4 cupcakes in each box.**

**– You get to pick out some new furniture to go along the biggest wall in your room. The wall is 15 feet long and your mom/dad want you to get a chair, a dresser, and a new bed. How long should each piece of furniture be to make sure it all fits?**

**– Our principal said we can choose which kind of new recess equipment we can get for the playground! What should we get and how can we decide fairly?**

**– Bring in a Hershey chocolate bar (or draw a rectangle on the board) and explain that you and 3 friends would like to share it equally. How can we go about doing this?**

**– Your after-school piano lessons are an hour long and you**

*must*be home by 6pm for dinner. What time should your piano lessons start?*best*time for the lessons to start. Students will start to discuss what time school gets out and how long it might take them to get to the lessons and then back home in enough time for dinner. Of course, there are a few different answers to this depending on what time you get of school.

**Dress Teddy:**

**Students look at the different clothing options to dress their teddy bear and figure out how many different outfits they can make.**

###### WORKING BACKWARDS:

*more than one way!*For example, in number 5 shown above, I have had students “fix” a problem like that by saying “they only get to open 3 more, not 4” and I have also had a few students say “They must have had 6 gifts.” Both are correct and they both show that the student understands subtraction!

###### GUESS & SOLVE:

__Estimation Station__:

__More/Less__:

**– There are MORE than 30 counting bears in this container.**

**– It will take me LESS than 20 steps to walk from one end of the rug to the other.**

**– I can do MORE than 25 sit ups in one minute.**

**– There are LESS than 50 books on that shelf.**

*differently*. I could easily ask my students to just count how many bears are in the container to see if they are able to count accurately, but this way my students must pick a side. Do they agree or disagree? They must provide reasoning for their choice and they then will figure out the best way to prove or disprove my statement!

I also have many fun warm up, modeled lessons, and activities for first grade in my yearlong math workshop curriculum. If you are interested in embedding higher order thinking into **ALL** your daily math lessons, check out the lesson by clicking the image below:

Sara Ebert

Where can I find the Dress Teddy paper?

susanjones

Hi Sara! That can be found in my higher order thinking math tasks, here:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Higher-Order-Thinking-Math-Tasks-First-Grade-1775335

Ginger Teacher

These are great ideas. Higher order thinking is so important it needs to start as early as possible. Great post.

Nicole

I would love to receive emails on higher level questioning to incorporate into the classroom.