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Building Thinking Skills: Level 3 Figural

Building Thinking Skills: Level 3 Figural

Suggested grades: 7-12

Brief Product Description

Develops vocabulary, reading, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills. 259 activities, 280 pages.    More details . . .

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Detailed Product Description

Develops vocabulary, reading, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills. 259 activities, 280 pages.

Building Thinking Skills 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.


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--Figural Similarities and Differences

  • Matching Figures
  • Which Figure Does Not Match?
  • Finding and Tracing Patterns
  • Finding Shapes
  • Combining Shapes
  • Recombining Shapes
  • What Shape Complete the Square?
  • Completing the Square with Two Shapes
  • Matching Congruent Figures
  • Which Figure Is Not Congruent?
  • Recognizing Congruent Parts
  • Identifying Congruent Parts
  • Dividing Shapes into Congruent Parts
  • Congruence and Similarity
  • Matching Similar Figures
  • Identifying Similarity and Congruence
  • Producing Similar Figures--Enlarging
  • Producing Similar Figures--Reducing
  • Identifying Enlargement and Reduction
  • Using Larger Grids to Enlarge Figures
  • Using Smaller Grids to Reduce figures
  • Recognizing Lines of Symmetry
  • Drawing Lines of Symmetry
  • Producing Symmetrical Figures
  • Drawing Multiple Lines of Symmetry
  • Covering a Surface
  • Producing Similar Figures by Tessellation
  • Drawing Tessellating Patterns
  • Polyominoes
  • How Many Cubes Make Up the Solid?
  • Matching Volume
  • Recognizing Volume
  • Identifying Congruent Solids
  • Matching Congruent Solids
  • Recognizing Views of a Solid
  • Combining Solids
  • Complete the Cube with One Piece

Chapter Two--Figural Sequences

  • Sequence of Figures--Select
  • Sequence of Figures--Supply
  • Rotating Figures--Find the Exception
  • Rotating Figures--Supply
  • Rotating Figures--Explain
  • Producing Single Reflections
  • Multiple Reflections--Supply
  • Rotation and Reflection--Supply
  • Explaining Rotation or Reflection
  • Paper Folding--Select
  • Paper Folding--Supply
  • Two-Axis Paper Folding--Select
  • Two-Axis Paper Folding--Supply
  • Pattern Folding--Select
  • Pattern Folding--Matching
  • Selecting Pattern Pieces
  • Matching Pattern Pieces
  • Produce a Pattern
  • Folding Cube Patterns--Select
  • Folding Cube Patterns--Supply
  • Rotating Cubes--Select
  • Rotating Cubes--Describe
  • Rotating Cubes--Supply

Chapter Three--Figural Classifications

  • Describing Classes
  • Matching Classes
  • Classifying More than One Way--Matching
  • Changing Characteristics--Select
  • Describing Characteristics
  • Changing Characteristics--Supply
  • Draw Another
  • Classifying by Pattern--Sorting
  • Classifying More Than One Way--Sorting
  • Classifying by Shape--Sorting
  • Discovering Classes
  • Overlapping Classes--Intersections
  • Overlapping Classes--Matrix
  • Deduce the Class

Chapter Four--Figural Analogies

  • Figural Analogies--Select
  • Figural Analogies--Select a Pair
  • Describing Types of Figural Analogies
  • Complete the Pair
  • Figural Analogies--Supply
  • Figural Analogies--Follow the Rule
  • Figural Analogies--Supply a Pair
  • Figural Analogies--Select the Solid
  • Figural Analogies--Select the Cube


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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