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What is Critical Thinking?
What is Critical Thinking? 34
Games and Activities for Developing
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Critical thinking is clear, rational, logical, and
independent thinking. It’s about improving thinking
by analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing how we
think. It also means thinking in a selfregulated and
selfcorrective manner. It’s thinking on purpose
Critical thinking involves mindful communication,
About This Workbook
problemsolving, and a freedom from bias or
egocentric tendency. You can apply critical
The activity pages in the Critical Thinking
thinking to any kind of subject, problem,
Workbook are meant to be shared and explored.
or situation you choose.
Use it as an electronic document or as worksheets.
You can either print off the pages and use them as
activity sheets, or you can edit them directly right in
the document on your computer.
There are also Answer Keys for the activities
that need them provided at the back of
the book. Now, go get thinkingActivities for
COMMUNICATIONThis exercise is about differentiating between fact and opinion. A fact can be proven either true or
false. An opinion is an expression of feeling or pointofview and cannot be proven true or false.
The teacher will create some statements that are either fact or opinion. If it’s a fact, check on F and then
OPINION briefly explain how it can be proven. If it’s an opinion, check on O and briefly explain why you feel it can’t
be proven. Compare answers with your friends and share your views with each other.
10. Use this one for roleplaying and interpersonal communication skills. Fill out the character sheet
below to create a persona. Next, the class should be given an historical event or current issue
related to the lesson to discuss. Students should also get some time to do some research, and to
think about how they want to represent their character’s views.
The class will split into groups. What follows will be a 20 min. cafestyle conversation about the
chosen topic. Be sure to practice things like being openminded and disagreeing respectfully.
Character Name: Age: Gender: Marital Status:
Occupation: Education Level: Hobbies:
Create a brief background for your character:
Research notes for your chat:
Work on some skills using metaphor and choosing words carefully with this fun, challenging exercise.
Imagine you live in a world where there are only 10 words you can ever use. You can repeat them as
much as you want, but you can’t ever use any other words. Write down the 10 words you’d choose.
Next, make sentences with them in order to communicate something to your group. Use feeling and gesture
to help them understand you. You can measure their understanding by writing your actual intended
meaning below the sentence. Remember, you’ve only got 10 words to use, so choose them well
Your 10 words: Create sentences with them here:
10.This exercise encourages us to look much deeper at who we are both as individuals and as a society.
It’s about looking at what we do or what we value with a fresh perspective.
Each activity encourages you to answer the questions as a way of exploring assumptions and some
common situations in life that we take for granted. There are 2 scenarios provided. The blank space
is so that you can write your own. You can test your fellow classmates with your scenarios in stylized
interview sessions where one of you is the alien and the other is the travel guide.
Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
You are conducting a tour for aliens who You are chatting with a group of aliens
are visiting earth and observing humans. on a tour of a local library. While you all
You’re all in their spaceship when you fly mingle, one of the aliens picks up a
over a football stadium. One of the aliens volume about the history of global war
is confused, and turns to you for help. Try and conflict. The alien turns to you and
answering these questions: asks you these questions:
What is a game, and why do humans What is war and why do humans
play them wage it upon each other
What are “teams” and why are they so Humans seem to feel that warfare is
important for humans to be part of often the only way to resolve conflict.
Why is this so
Why is it these games seem to get
more attention than other matters on How do you decide who wins and
your planet, like disease and poverty who loses How do you know this is
Why do humans get so emotional
and even violent when watching How does warfare affect those who
games can’t or won’t participate
What would happen if no human What legacy do you feel these wars will
could ever play these games again provide for your future generationsTime for some great debates In this exercise, students will learn the importance of being able to take a
stance on an issue and defending that stance with logic, reasoning, knowledge, and common sense.
Below is a list of scenarios to present for students to discuss and debate. They are based primarily on ethics
and morality. They will encourage students to take a stand and defend their viewpoint. These can be done in
pairs, but are much more compelling in larger class debates where views are divided. They can also be used
as individual worksheets—students can circle an answer and then explain their choice in writing.
Richard finds an expensive looking ring in the school hallway one day. It has no name on it, and it’s not near anyone’s locker.
Should he: A) Give it to lost and found B) Ask if it belongs to anyone there C) Keep it and not say anything
2. Judy’s friend is stressed about an upcoming test. Judy already took the test and got 100, so she knows all the answers already.
Should she: A) Just give the answers to her friend B) Use her knowledge to coach her friend C) Not get involved at all
Coach Nelson has caught two of his star basketball players vandalizing school property. The rule is that they must be suspended.
If that happens their team loses the upcoming semifinals. If the coach keeps quiet they’ll surely win, but he could lose his job.
Should the coach: A) Suspend the two players and obey the rules B) Pretend he never saw them
4. Nick overhears two students bragging about having posted some inappropriate images of a female student online for a joke.
Should he: A) Mind his own business B) Report the incident to the school principal C) Confront the boys and defend the student
5. You witness a bank robbery, and follow the perpetrator down an alleyway. He stops at an orphanage and gives them all the money.
Would you: A) Report the man to police since he committed a crime B) Leave him alone because you saw him do a good deed
A friend tells you that he/she has been receiving anonymous bullying messages online. You suspect that certain people are guilty.
Would you: A) Tell your friend just to ignore them B) Encourage them to report the abuse C) Risk confronting the ones you suspectHere is an exercise for visualization and nonverbal communication. It involves conversing with writing
and drawing to develop reflection and deliberate thinking.
Break into groups of 2 or 3. Each person gets their own sheet (or create one big one for the team). The
teacher will provide an essential driving question to ponder. Write it at the top of the sheet. Next, reflect
on the question and then begin “talking” about it using only writing and sketching in your space.
The Essential Question: This is an exercise used in business to help you think fast and get your point across. It’s all about
choosing and using words carefully and persuasively to achieve your goals in any conversation.
You must convincingly “pitch” an idea, concept, product/service or proposal in the time it takes to ride
an elevator (about 30 to 60 seconds) so this is a timed exercise. Make some notes about what you want
to say; some topic ideas and note space are provided below. Enjoy the ride
Ideas for EP Topics
A product or service you are offering
An idea for a website/social network
A special project you need to fund
A favour you need from someone
An organization or business plan
An invention you want to get patented
A party plan for a birthday/wedding
A campaign for a political position
An advertisement for a local event
An idea for a blog or a book
A unique interior design for a space
THINKING VISUALLYRebus puzzles use visuals that put a different spin on words or parts of words that are well known.
Figure out the word or phrase for each of these rebus puzzles and write it underneath.
AGE AGE AGE CHIEDITOREF
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20
SHOWLook at the objects and words on the page for 1 minute. Next, try to write down everything you
remember seeing and reading on the page. If you’re doing this one as a colour printoff, try recalling
the specific colour of each word and shape too, if you can.
images: www.freepik.comConnect these 9 dots using only four lines, and without lifting your pencil from the paper.
(Hint: Think beyond real and imaginary boundaries with this puzzle.)Put in your own creative wording for each of these images. You can write some dialog between the
characters, write a singleline caption, or turn the image into a clever meme. Keep it short and witty
Write one sentence to explain what each common image or symbol means to you. The idea here is to
move away from conventional meanings and relate to the images personally.
Anagrams are words and sentences that can be written different ways to obtain more words or groups
of words. Create new words by rearranging the letters in the ones below—some can be tricky
SPEAR REWARD LEAST REINS PASTE MISTER TRACES
PLATES SPREAD POST PLAYER NAME SKATE SNAP
LEAP PARTIES RATES RESTRAIN PASS TEAM EAST
INDIVIDUAL SKILLSAnswer each question for each list below. To make it more challenging, try answering as quickly
YOU NAME IT
as you can against another person.
Name 3 people that: Name 3 places that: Name 3 things that:
1. Talk more than you 1. Have good food 1. Are square
2. Talk less than you 2. You would like to visit 2. Are orange
3. Work hard 3. Have lots of mountains 3. Smell good
4. You think are smart 4. Are always warm 4. Live in the water
5. Wear costumes 5. You don’t want to visit ever 5. Taste terrible
6. Are teachers 6. Are not on Earth 6. You enjoy doing
7. Travel a lot 7. Have a lot of technology 7. You don’t enjoy doing
8. Are always nice to you 8. People haven’t fought in wars 8. People read
9. Have a job you’d love to do 9. Have a lot of pollution 9. You see at school every day
10. Are very creative 10. Are famous all over the world 10. Scare you
This is a brainstorming exercise. The class writes everyday objects on slips of paper and places all the
slips in a box. You each draw a slip from the box, and the activity begins on a 15 min. timer. You must
now come up with as many new uses for your object as you can. Write them down or sketch them
out in the box—be as creative as you can (You can also do this exercise in pairs or groups)
My Object: This exercise is designed to help you think laterally and discover new ways of looking at the
world. Answer these questions using creative and constructive thinking. You can use as much
detail as you like. For fun, try to think of your own “What Would Happen” questions
What would happen if …
… there were suddenly no computers, tablets, or phones of any kind anywhere on Earth
… we had to live in a world without electricity
… you woke up one morning to discover you had changed into a cartoon character
… all the animals in the world could suddenly communicate with us in our own language
… you discovered your best friend was a superhero
How would you describe the following things and their sensations to someone who had
never seen or experienced them before Use all your senses in your descriptions
A bunch of ﬂowers An automobile A rainstorm A laptop computer
A piece of chocolate A rock concert A hug from someone A favourite place of yours
The rules and laws we have in life are meant to guide us and protect us, and to keep order in our
society. Imagine that you get to make 3 rules that everyone in the world must follow. What rules
would you make and why
Rule No. 1
I chose this rule because:
Rule No. 2
I chose this rule because:
Rule No. 3
I chose this rule because:
Part of life is being able to strike a healthy balance between our needs and our wants. It’s also about focusing
on what we consider to be truly important. Imagine you can have any 3 things that you want. In return you must
give away three things that you already have. What do you want and what will you give away, and why
What I Choose to Have What I Would Give Away
I would want these things because: I would give up these things because:
Everything around you—cars, buildings, even our personal electronic devices—all started with an idea. This is
an exercise in creative visualization. In the space below, sketch out an idea for an invention or a concept you
think would be cool. Some ideas are provided, but feel free to come up with your own.
Suggestions My Inventive Idea:
A portable source for
charging a smartphone
• A traffic system that
doesn’t rely on colours
• A machine that turns
trash into energy
• A “green” vehicle
An allnew method of
A new immersive
• An idea for a tablet or
• A challenging and fun
new idea for a sport
A clever design for an
An idea for a social
networking domainADDITIONAL ACTIVITIESPair up with a partner and test each other with these fun and challenging “job interview” questions. This one
is all about lateral thinking and commonsense viewpoints. It’s also about active listening
A man buys a new car and goes home to tell his wife. He goes the wrong way up a oneway street, nearly runs into 7 people, goes
onto the sidewalk, and takes a shortcut through a park. A policeman sees all this and still doesn’t arrest him. Why not
2. If you had a machine that could generate one million dollars a day, what would you be willing to pay for it
3. Why is it against the law for a person living in New York to be buried in California
One house is made of red bricks, one of blue bricks, one of yellow bricks, and one of purple bricks. What is the green house made of
A little girl kicks a soccer ball. It goes 10 feet and comes back to her. How is this possible
6. In South Africa you can’t take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not
7. You drive past a bus stop and see 3 people waiting for the bus: an old lady who is about to die, an old friend who saved your life, and
your perfect partner. Knowing you can only have one passenger in your car, what would you do
How much dirt is there in a hole 3 feet deep, 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide
If it took 8 men 10 hours to build a wall, how long would it take 4 men to build the same wall
How far can you walk into the woods
How many books can you put in an empty backpack
Your friend says he can predict the exact score of every football game before it begins. He's right every time. How is that possible
12.In a crisis situation, teamwork is crucial to handling challenges effectively. Fabricate a scenario in which
students need to work together and solve problems to succeed (ex: stranded on a deserted island, being lost
at sea, etc.). The rule is that every team member must contribute an idea for a possible solution.
SCENARIO For example, they could come up with a list of items that would help them survive, or think of a plan to find
shelter or build it. Students can then vote and agree to a final solution.
Form into a circle and give everyone a unique picture of a person, place, object, or animal. One person
begins a story that iuses whatever happens to be on their photo as the focus. The next person continues
the story by adding something related to their photo. This exercise gets funny and challenging
This fun collaborative teambuilding exercise develops aspects of Solution, Creativity, and Collaboration
Fluency. Each group constructs a freestanding tower out of newspaper and tape. There isn’t a time limit for
this exercise, unless you want to establish one.
It encourages critical thinking and problemsolving. Which team can build the tallest, structurally sound free
standing tower Throughout the process, students will start to realize there are questions they have that they
didn’t ask. This is a perfect time to get them to explore how to answer these questions for themselves.
This is an exercise based on building communication and trust between people. Arrange a challenging
obstacle course and place students into teams. They get to take turns navigating the minefield you've
built while blindfolded, with only their teammates verbally guiding them. You can also require students to
use only specific words or clues to make it harder, and switch the minefield around for each team.Answer Key
REBUS ROUNDUP 4/9 CONNECT
1. Split decision Start experimenting with lines that extend outside the square,
11. Cross breed
and the answer comes quickly. Here is a solution: if the dots are
2. Middle age 12. Halfhearted
numbered 1 through 9 from left to right, draw a line from dot 1
through 5 to 9, then up through 6 and 3 and outside of the box,
3. One after another 13. Mixed metaphor
then back down through 2 and 4, then right through 7 and 8. This
will allow you to create other solutions based on these rules
4. Editor in chief 14. Sideshow
5. Tea for two 15. Travel overseas
6. Bigger and better 16. Top secret
7. Tennessee 17. Painless operation
8. Moral support 18. Get up and go
9. Forget it 19. Small talk
10. Small talk 20. Jack in the boxAWESOME ANAGRAMS
Spear Reward Least Reins Paste Mister Traces
pares drawer slate resin tapes merits carets
parse redraw stale rinse peats miters caters
pears warder steal risen septa mitres caster
reaps warred tales siren spate remits crates
spare teals timers reacts
Plates Spread Post Player Name Skate Snap
pares drawer opts parley amen stake naps
parse redraw pots pearly mane steak pans
pears warder stop replay mean takes span
reaps warred tops teaks
Leap Parties Rates Restrain Pass Team East
pale pastier aster retrains asps mate eats
peal pirates stare strainer saps meat sate
plea traipse taser terrains spas tame seat
tears trainers teasSTRANGE INTERVIEW
1. The man was walking.
2. Why pay for the machine if you already have it
3. Burying people who are still alive is a crime.
4. Glass panels.
5. She kicked it straight up into the air.
6. You can’t take a picture with a wooden leg; you have to use a camera.
7. Give the car keys to your friend, and let him take the old woman to the hospital. Then stay behind and wait for the bus with
your perfect partner.
8. None—otherwise it wouldn’t be a hole.
9. The wall is already built; no need for anyone to build it again.
10. Halfway—after that, you’re walking out of the woods.
11. You only need one; then the backpack isn’t empty.
12. The score before any football game begins is 0:0.Great students deserve
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