Sparking Young Minds

Take Aways I - 1st and 2nd

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Grades 1-2

Hands-on Thinking

Students cut away shapes from a matrix until there is only one shape left—and that's the answer!

The challenge here is for children to carefully analyze an array of words place in lively shapes on a sheet of paper. Then they use their scissors to take away those word-shapes one by one, based on particular descriptions.

Although the snipping is the entertainment, the real work involves practice in classification. If students are asked to find two paper things, they wouldn't cut out the word "toaster" or "guitar," they'd look until they found "envelope" and "dollar bill."

These are great hands-on experiences in deductive thinking!

Note: The activities included here were part of our "Take Aways" Enrichment Packet/Level 1. For simplicity, all of our Enrichment Packets are now called "Thinkables." The material itself has not changed.

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Take Aways I - 1st and 2nd
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