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OverviewThe purpose of Thinking Big is to immerse students in a series of research-based cognitive behaviors that are foundational to school and, indeed, life success: creativity, logical reasoning, memory, and spatial reasoning. So while the majority of the lessons use mathematical thinking prompts and manipulatives as the stimuli, the focus of the unit is not on math.The lessons that comprise Thinking Big were developed by Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and are single-day experiences that are designed to instruct students in the behaviors and elicit them without additional prompting. While these lessons are arranged in order of difficulty, they may also serve as “stand-alone” experiences throughout the year that are grouped by cognitive focus. The majority of the lessons use mathematical thinking prompts and manipulatives as the stimuli. While the focus of the unit is not on math, it is rather the thinking and reasoningThe lessons have also been mapped to the relevant gifted behaviors that are taught and observed through the Primary Talent Development (PTD) Program. There are two scoring guides: one that allows the observer to record the names of those students who exhibit a command of the desired cognitive behavior(s); and a REPI-aligned continuum, which allows the observer to note the affective behavior that undergirds a student’s high-level completion of the desired cognitive behavior. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually-impaired students, where appropriate.
Lower Primary
Grade 1
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