How to teach critical thinking skills: an inquiry-based learning activity


Children are naturally curious and begin to
ask “why?” from a very young age. This activity develops this very natural skill. Before class, collect a number of different
objects that you will place in a bag. Objects which work really well are things
like a lemon, an apple, a marker, a ball, a notebook and building blocks. In class, show the children the bag and ask
them what they think is inside and why. Listen and discuss their ideas, but don’t tell
them yet. Ask one child to come to the front of the
class and tell them to put their hand in the bag and hold the object. They do not look
at it and they keep it hidden in the bag. Encourage the rest of the class to ask the
child questions to try and guess what the object is. For example, “Is it big?” “Is it soft?” “Does it feel cold?” The child answers the questions as best as
they can. Do this for about 30 seconds. Then, ask the child these two questions: “What
do you think it is?” and “Why?” They might say, for example, “I think it’s
an apple because it’s hard and it’s round.” The child then takes out the object to show
the class and see if they are correct. This critical thinking activity is always
a hit with very young learners and engages all levels and abilities.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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