Monday, June 21, 2010

Critical Thinking - Balance Benders Level One

Product - Workbook -Balance Benders Level 1

Publisher - The Critical Thinking Co.

Price - $9.99

Description from publisher:

"Move over Sudoku, here come Balance Benders™! You can use these books as quick, fun logic problems or as stepping stones to success in algebra. Students develop deductive thinking and pre-algebra skills as they solve balance puzzles that are more fun and addictive than Sudoku puzzles! Students must analyze each balance to identify the clues, and then synthesize the information to solve the puzzle. Try one—and then try to stop! "

My Observation:

Designed for Students in Grades 4 through 12, this is a challenging book. The puzzles are designed to provide practice in logic and algebraic reasoning. When I looked at the first page, I almost panicked. (smiles) It requires some serious thinking and analyzing! Here's some good news:

1. The answers are in the back of the book. You can also use these to discover how each puzzle was solved.

2. You'll find "10 Balance Tips" which should be read first, before trying to solve the puzzles. They provide an excellent introduction, and a guide, to help you complete the puzzles.

3. There are a total of 39 puzzles. This is quite a challenge. If you can take the time to solve these, your critical thinking skills will be drastically improved!

For more great resources from this publisher, check out their new Critical Thinking Moments Video Contest and Critical Thinking Heroes Award Program

*This is a Mama Buzz review. The Critical Thinking Company provided me with this product for review purposes.*

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