SmART Thinking

SmART Thinking

Class Description

Increase your students' critical thinking skills with thinking routines and visual art. Students will enjoy this unique class using visual art as a focus for fun and engaging, large and small group discussions and activities. Through participating in these activities and sharing in the discussions, students build confidence in speaking and learn from each other's varied perspectives. This class supports standards for Speaking and Listening, Science, and Mathematical Practices. 


Grade Level: 2-4 and 5-8
LINK: Science Class: The Art of Science

State Standards, Benchmarks, and GLEs

Grade 2

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

2.SL.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

b. Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.

c. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.

2.SL.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

2.SL.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

2.SL.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: language

Vocabulary acquisition and use

2.L.6. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).

 

Grade 3

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

3.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

c. Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.

d. Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

3.SL.2. Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

3.SL.3. Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

3.SL.4. Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

3.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

 

Grade 4

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

4.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

4.SL.2. Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

4.SL.3. Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

4.SL.4. Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

4.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).

 

Grade 5

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

5.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

5.SL.2. Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

5.SL.3. Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

 

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

5.SL.4. Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

5.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).

 

Grade 6

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

6.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

6.SL.2. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, and orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

6.SL.3.  Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

6.SL.4. Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

6.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

 

Grade 7

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

7.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

c. Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.

7.SL.3. Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning

and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

 7.SL.4. Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and use

7.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

 

Grade 8

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and collaboration

8.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

8.SL.3. Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Presentation of knowledge and ideas

8.SL.4. Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact,

CCSS, ELA/Literacy: Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and use

8.L.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

 

Science Practices from the Framework for Developing the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS)

(1) Asking Questions and Defining Problems

(3) Planning and carrying out Investigations

(4) Analyzing and Interpreting Data

(6) Practice Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

(7) Engaging in Argument from Evidence

(8) Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

 

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

(1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

(2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively

(3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

(6) Attend to precision

 

 


  
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