Categorizing Ideas: Helping Kids Develop Reasoning Skills
Part of growing up is developing reasoning skills, such as logical thought processes and the ability to discern multiple types of relationships between concepts. Reasoning skills are an important part of organizing thoughts for a report, constructing a story, using a reference book, conducting an interview or navigating the internet to find information.
This activity will help kids develop those adult reasoning skills by better understanding logical structures. You can repeat it on different topics over the course of a term, and it can be a great activity to use for peer coaching and observation.
In this activity you'll transfer concepts from a group journal activity to index cards, then have kids organize them appropriately.