Critical Thinking Wheel Blooms Taxonomy Levels

The Critical Thinking Student Wheel offers quick-and-easy access to critical thinking stems based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. It also provides other questioning stems and thinking signals to assist students in reflective thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving. The wheel features content on both sides.

Side one includes prompts designed around the six levels of Bloom’s and Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT): Knowledge/Remember; Comprehension/Understand; Application/Apply; Analysis/Analyze; Synthesis/Create; and Evaluation/Evaluate.

Side two focuses on questions or prompts that promote Reflective Thinking, Problem Solving, and Brainstorming (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, Elaboration).

The Teacher Guide maximizes the impact of the Critical Thinking Student Wheel. The recommended guide features critical and creative thinking strategies and numerous activities to address Bloom’s Taxonomy, reflective thinking, problem solving, and the four behaviors of creative thinking.

249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking

by TeachThought Staff

Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools.

In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why?

They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do.

For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. First a student has to be able to define what an “author’s position” is and what “evidence from the text” means (Knowledge-level). They’ll then need to be able to summarize that same text (Understanding-level), interpret and infer any arguments or positions (Analysis-level), evaluate inherent claims (Evaluation-level), and then write (Creation-level) a response that demonstrates their thinking.

Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. You may not always need this kind of tool to “unpack” standards and identify a possible learning sequence, but it also works ideally as an assessment design tool. If students can consistently work with the topic in the columns to the right–designing, recommending, differentiating, comparing and contrasting, and so on, then they likely have a firm grasp on the material.

While we’ve shared Bloom’s Taxonomy posters posters before, the simplicity and clean design of the chart format make it a bit more functional–even useful to hand to the students themselves as a hole-punch-and-keep-it-in-your-journal-for-the-year kind of resource. It also makes a powerful self-directed learning tool. Start at the left, and, roughly, move right.

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249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking  


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