Back to Square One! The authors first researched, analyzed, and compiled a more accurate basic list of the verbs associated with the levels of the Taxonomy. Then, after a description and comparison of each level in teacher-friendly terms (with examples!) the authors present over 60 unit activities at the primary and intermediate (K-6th) levels in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Accompanying each unit are questions at each of the 6 levels of the Taxonomy – over 360 lower and higher level questions!
Off to the Future! Your classroom will buzz with activity with kids moving full-speed ahead with projects, research, and the acquisition of skills. They will be challenged, motivated, and engaged in learning, boosted to higher levels of thinking and achievement. From a focus on student behavioral objectives to the incorporation of academic standards and the integration of many subjects into one lesson, the Taxonomy still stands strong today.
• The major categories are easy to understand.
• Educational objectives and test items are plentiful.
• The hierarchical structure is scientifically respectable and easy to comprehend.
• The design of the framework and the vocabulary used was determined with teachers in mind.
Creativity is discussed with over 65 examples in the 4 content areas of products to use in place of student worksheets. The Assessment chapter includes discussion and samples of rubrics, checklists, and portfolio assessment.
Loyal Customer –
Bloom’s & Beyond revisits Bloom’s Taxonomy by defining each level and providing the highest and lowest activities within that level. I especially appreciated the twenty questions/prompts and sample activities within each level.
As a teacher, it is sometimes difficult to come up with interesting activities. This book gives teachers primary and intermediate activities for Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science for small, large, and whole group settings.
Chapter 3 of this book addresses creativity by providing classroom scenarios with higher level thinking activities teachers can use instead of traditional worksheets that bore students.
Finally, this book provides meaningful assessments. I really liked the Apollo 13 Test that allows students to choose a combination of questions (totaling 100 points) within each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Tic-Tac-Toe activities and Individual Lesson Plans (ILP™s) allow for student choice. Rubrics make assessment easier because students and parents know what is required for successful completion of assignments.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that new and experienced teachers can use for elementary and middle school students in grades K-6.
Keisha N. Boutelle
Loyal Customer –
The Introduction to this book has a very clear description of Bloom’s Taxonomy that reflects on the original spirit of the taxonomy first published in 1956. Examples of questions are given for each level. I liked the following summaries:
Knowledge: Remember it.
Comprehension: Interpret it.
Application: Use it.
Analysis: Take it apart.
Synthesis: Create it.
Evaluation: Judge it.
In Chapter 2 of the book activities are described by subject and level. I was interested in language arts for the intermediate level, which includes grade 6. Although I teach grade 7, the activities seem suitable for my students, for example, having a readers’ circle discuss questions from all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. (This could be done with a “question cube.”) I liked the idea of a “Frisbee Toss” using paper plates. Each student has a plate and pen. After reading a story or poem, the teacher asks a question, and students respond by writing on the plate. Then, at a timed signal, they all throw their plates in the middle of the room. Each person picks up a new plate and reads another student’s response as well as adding a response to a new question. This is a kinesthetic way to share responses to literature.
Chapter 3 lists more creative alternatives to some traditional activities. For example, instead of completing worksheets, “Write your own sentences….” Instead of doing a crossword, make up a crossword puzzle. Instead of summarizing a story, make a comic strip of the story.
Chapter 4 offers a variety of assessment alternatives to traditional tests, including peer assessment, Tic Tac Toes, and rubrics. The authors emphasize that teachers must assess student work to determine whether students are learning, but they don’t always have to grade the work.
ITS REALLY HELPFUL IN MY ASSIGNMENTS STUDY