A Thinking Skills Match-Up Game for You

Knowing the Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) is all well and good, but what do you DO with that information when you’re instructing others? Let’s find out.

BloomHere is a match-up game that will help you sort learning tasks and questioning strategies into the six thinking skills categories. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click on this link to familiarize yourself with the six thinking skills: Gearing Up with Bloom’s: An introduction to 6 Thinking Skills. 

I created the following game for the Master Certified Trainers of South Carolina’s Child Care and Career Development Center; however, if you play the game, you will be able to do the following:

1. Identify the thinking skills used in common learning tasks that learners do.

2. Analyze and evaluate a trainer’s questioning strategies based on the thinking skills learners need in order to answer the questions.

3. Design new learning tasks and trainer’s questions for your own content, using the game cards and reference materials as guides.

4. Create your own content-specific Match-Up game, using this game as a template.

Here are the links you need to make and play the Match-Up game:

Match-Up Game Instructions

Match-Up Cards

Thinking Skills Cards

Match-Up Answer Key

Match-Up References Pages

Match-Up Game Labels for envelopes to store game pieces

A FEW NOTES ABOUT THE GAME: Download, print, and cut out all the pieces. Download, print, and read the instructions. You will have to make some adjustments to the instructions since you aren’t part of a large class; you can still play the game solo. Also, although the content of the cards is specific to what the child care instructors teach, you can still identify the thinking skills used in the tasks/questions. Finally, you can use the game as a template when you create your own content-specific Match-Up game.

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