Building Thinking Skills: Level 1

Develops vocabulary, reading, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills. 1072 activities, 363 pages.



Suggested grade(s): 2 - 3


Building Thinking Skills, Level 1 provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve students' vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as their visual and auditory processing. This exceptional series provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success in any assessment.

Paperback. 363 pages. Reproducible.



The activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students learn to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words as they:

  • Observe, recognize, and describe characteristics.
  • Distinguish similarities and differences.
  • Identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies

These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.

Teaching Support

Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included.


Table of Contents/Skills

Chapter One--Describing Shapes

  • Describing Shapes--Select
  • Describing Shapes--Explain
  • Following Directions
  • Writing Directions
  • Describing Position--A
  • Describing Position--B
  • Characteristics of a Shape

Chapter Two--Figural Similarities and Differences

  • Matching Shapes
  • Which Shape Does Not Match?
  • Matching Shapes That Have Been Turned
  • Finding Shapes
  • Combining Interlocking Cubes
  • Combining Shapes
  • Finding and Tracing Patterns
  • Dividing Shapes into Equal Parts--A
  • Dividing Shapes into Equal Parts--B
  • Dividing Shapes into Equal Parts--C
  • Which Shape Completes the Square?
  • Which Shapes Make Squares?
  • Copying a Figure
  • Drawing Identical Shapes
  • Comparing Shapes--Select
  • Comparing Shapes--Explain

Chapter Three-Figural Sequences

  • Copying a Pattern
  • Which Color Comes Next?--Select
  • Which Shape Comes Next?--Select
  • Tumbling--Coloring
  • Tumbling--Shading
  • Tumbling--Drawing
  • Which Figure Comes Next?--Select (Flips)
  • Which Figure Comes Next?--Select (Changes in Detail)
  • Which Figure Comes Next?--Draw It!
  • Describe a Sequence
  • A Sequence of Polygons
  • A Sequence of Angles
  • Paper Folding--Select
  • Paper Folding--Draw

Chapter Four--Figural Classifications

  • Match a Shape to a Group
  • Match a Pattern to a Group
  • Select a Shape that Belongs to a Group
  • Describing Classes
  • Matching Classes by Shape
  • Matching Classes by Pattern
  • Classifying by Shape--Find the Exception
  • Classifying by Pattern--Find the Exception
  • Classifying More than One Way
  • Classifying by Color--Sorting
  • Classifying by Shape--Sorting
  • Complete the Class
  • Form a Class
  • Draw Another
  • Classifying by Shape--Sorting
  • Classifying by Color--Sorting
  • Classifying by Size--Sorting
  • Overlapping Classes--Intersection
  • Overlapping Classes--Matrix
  • Writing Descriptions of Classes

Chapter Five--Figural Analogies

  • Analogies with Shapes
  • Building Analogies with Blocks
  • Analogies with Shapes--Select
  • Kinds of Analogies
  • Analogies with Shapes--Complete

Chapter Six--Describing Things

  • Describing Foods--Select
  • Describing Animals--Select
  • Describing Vehicles--Select
  • Describing Places--Select
  • Describing Occupations--Select
  • Describing Foods--Explain
  • Describing Places--Explain
  • Describing Places on Earth--Explain
  • Describing Animals--Explain
  • Describing Occupations--Explain
  • Describing Words--Select
  • Name the Animal--Supply
  • Name the Plant--Supply
  • Name the Vehicle/Place--Supply
  • Name the Occupation--Supply
  • Identifying Characteristics

Chapter Seven--Verbal Similarities and Differences

  • Opposites--Select
  • Opposites--Supply
  • Similarities--Select
  • Similarities--Supply
  • How Alike?--Select
  • How Alike and How Different?
  • Compare and Contrast--Graphic Organizer
  • Comparing Living and Nonliving Things

Chapter Eight--Verbal Sequences

  • Following Yes-No Rules--A
  • Writing Yes-No Rules
  • Following Yes-No Rules--B
  • Completing True-False Tables
  • Finding Locations on Maps
  • Describing Locations--A
  • Describing Directions--A
  • Describing Locations--B
  • Describing Directions--B
  • Select the Word that Continues the Sequence
  • Ranking
  • Supply a Word that Continues a Sequence
  • Warm-up Deductive Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Ranking Time Measures
  • Ranking Length Measures
  • Ranking in Geography
  • Flowchart--Example
  • Flowchart--Arithmetic

Chapter Nine--Verbal Classifications

  • Parts of a Whole--Select
  • Parts of a Whole--Graphic Organizer
  • Class and Members--Select
  • What Is True of Both Words?--Select
  • How Are These Words Alike?--Select
  • How Are These Words Alike?--Explain
  • Explain the Exception
  • Picture Dictionary--Sorting into Classes
  • Word Classes--Select
  • Picture Dictionary--Sorting by Class and Size
  • Recognizing Classes--Graphic Organizer

Chapter Ten--Verbal Analogies

  • Analogies
  • Picture Analogies--Select
  • Picture Analogies--Name the Relationship
  • Analogies--Select
  • Analogies--Supply
  • Analogies--Select the Right Pair

Instruction/Answer Guide

  • Answers
  • Objective and Materials
  • Curriculum Applications
  • Teaching Suggestions
  • Lesson
  • Guided Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Thinking about Thinking
  • Personal Application



Available Books in the Building Thinking Skills Series

Building Thinking Skills: Level 1,  Building Thinking Skills: Level 2,  Building Thinking Skills Level 3: Figural,   Building Thinking Skills Level 3: Verbal


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