It's never too early to start building thinking skills—skills that will spill over into other areas of the curriculum and into real life. Primarily Logic consists of a series of units designed to introduce logical thinking to young students. It is an excellent, easy-to-use starting point for teaching well-established forms of logical thinking. Each skill is introduced with examples, and then worksheets give students an opportunity to practice the skill. Group lessons and worksheets provide practice in:
- finding relationships,
- thinking logically using “all” and “none” statements,
- syllogisms, and
- deductive reasoning using logic puzzles.
For easier logic activities for younger students, try Lollipop Logic.
Table of Contents
Introduction Instructions for Teacher Finding Relationships and Group Membership LESSON 1 Four of a Kind LESSON 2 Missing Link LESSON 3 Creating Relations LESSON 4 Take It Out LESSON 5 Looking for Relationships Analogous Relationships LESSON 6 Curious Connections LESSON 7 Being a Detective LESSON 8 Cuing Into Characteristics LESSON 9 Rhyming Analogies LESSON 10 Picking Parts LESSON 11 Mainly Members LESSON 12 Ready, Set, Action LESSON 13 Similar or Opposite LESSON 14 Analogies, Anyone LESSON 15 Analogy Round Up LESSON 16 Creating Analogies Deductive Reasoning LESSON 17 All Together LESSON 18 Using All Statement LESSON 19 Logic in Reverse LESSON 20 Reversals in Review LESSON 21 The Unstated Al LESSON 22 Introducing No Statements LESSON 23 Tricky Truths LESSON 24 No and Other Negatives LESSON 25 Put It in Reverse LESSON 26 Introducing Syllogisms LESSON 27 Syllogism Sampling LESSON 28 Syllogism Scrimmage LESSON 29 Introducing If-Then LESSON 30 Iffy Situations Problem Solving, Deductive Reasoning, Organizing Information LESSON 31 Story Time LESSON 32 The Dog Show LESSON 33 Favorite Nursery Rhymes LESSON 34 Perfect Pets LESSON 35 Baseball Game LESSON 36 Clown Capers LESSON 37 Baseball Cards LESSON 38 Birthdays LESSON 39 Neighbors LESSON 40 Measuring Up LESSON 41 Classmates LESSON 42 Who’s Who? Answers About the Author Common Core State Standards
Judy Leimbach received her master's degree in Instructional Strategies in Gifted Education from National-Louis University. She has 14 years of experience teaching in regular classrooms, kindergarten through fifth grade, and 14 years experience teaching gifted students in grades 1-5. In addition, she has spent 5 years supervising groups of student teachers at Wheaton College.
When she first started teaching in a gifted program, there were few materials available for gifted students in primary grades, so Leimbach began writing her own and had several books published. Having previously taught in the regular classroom, she also was very aware of the need for high quality, easy-to-use materials for regular classroom teachers to use for their gifted students in both primary and intermediate grades. She began working with other teachers, including her daughter, a middle school math teacher, to develop materials to meet that need.
Primarily Logic, written for grades 2-4, has a great mix of activities including topics such as analogies, relationships, deductive reasoning, problem solving, and organizing information. Cute illustrations, lots of variety, and engaging activities introduce students to some pretty sophisticated logic in a way they will enjoy.,Cathy Duffy,Cathy Duffy Reviews, 1/1/09
Lollipop Logic for grades K-2 and Primarily Logic for grades 2-4 are critical thinking resources. They provide worksheets that introduce and reinforce skills such as analogies, syllogisms, relationships, sequencing, deduction, inference, and others. The pages are clean and attractive to make these high-level thinking skills seem like fun. You'll be pleased with the connections your child makes and the excitement that these books produce. ,Cindy West,The Curriculum Choice, 12/14/09