Friday, May 25, 2012

Bloom's Taxonomy Sample Products and Activities Part 1

Below are some examples of products/activities for the first three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. I will post examples for the next three levels next week. 

Knowledge/Remembering Products:
  • fill-in-the-blank worksheet
  • fact file
  • multiple choice worksheets
  • spelling list
  • study cards
  • matching worksheet
  • discussions
 Comprehension/Understanding Products:
  • book report
  • blueprint
  • collage
  • English translation
  • book summary
  • music reading
  • speech overview
  • math computation
Application/Applying Products:
  • board game
  • collection
  • diagram
  • experiment
  • interview
  • model construction
  • problem solving

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bloom's Taxonomy Question Examples Part 2

This is the second post on Bloom's Taxonomy questions/prompts. Please see my last post for questions and prompts from the first three levels of blooms.
Analysis/Analyzing Questions:
  • Is this statement a fact or opinion? (distinguish)
  • What do you read between the lines? (infer)
  • Why is this information relevant? (analyze)
  • How is this information arranged? (recognize structure)
  • What caused this outcome? (identify technique)

Synthesis/Creating Questions:
  • How will you express that idea in writing? (write)
  • How do you propose to organize this project? (organize)
  • What would happen if ...? (hypothesize)
  • How would you turn this poem into a song? (modify)
  • Can you design a tool that will make this job easier? (design)
  • How will you combine these elements to make something new? (combine)

Evaluation/Evaluating Questions:
  • Which one is the best? (compare)
  • What is the most important? (value)
  • What do you think about this issue? (appraise)
  • Is this story well written? (judge)
  • Why is this your favorite? (critique)

The next couple of posts will give examples of products to use at each level. Stay tuned. Please share this with all your colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. As always, check out the Resources page on the right for great Bloom's Taxonomy resources.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bloom's Taxonomy Question Examples Part 1

Below are some examples of questions and prompts for the first three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. I will post examples for the next three levels next week. Please adapt these questions to use in your own lessons. Help your students learn at higher levels! (The Bloom's verb being used is in parentheses.)

Knowledge/Remembering Questions:
  • What is a kudo? (define)
  • How is Congress organized? (remember)
  • Which state on the map is Indiana? (recognize)
  • How many donuts are in a dozen? (recall)

 Comprehension/Understanding Questions:

  • Which details support the topic sentence? (explain)
  • Can you use this word in a sentence? (use)
  • Can you retell the story in your own words? (summarize)
  • What message is this infomercial communicating? (interpret)
  • Can you estimate how many copies of this book have been sold? (estimate)
  • Do you have enough information to answer the question? (conclude)

Application/Applying Questions:

  • Why did you choose this answer? (support)
  • Why won't this light come on? (solve)
  • How are these two related? (relate)
  • What do you think will happen? (predict)
  • Can you draw a flow chart showing your problem solving steps? (calculate)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Evaluation: Judge It!

blooms taxonomy poster
Bloom's Posters from Pieces of Learning
Definition: judging the value of ideas, works, solutions, methods, or materials for a purpose. A set of specific criteria as well as standards are used in the appraisal. While evaluation is the "last stage" of the Taxonomy, it is not necessarily the last step in thinking or problem solving. It is placed at level six because the process of Evaluation involves all the other types of thinking: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, and Synthesis.
  • Assess for accuracy
  • Evaluate based on a specific set of criteria
  • Compare with the highest known standards
Highest Level: determining which essay best conveys the spirit of freedom and independence
Lowest Level: locating errors in content or logical thinking

Commonly used verbs at the Application level (Actual verbs from the original Taxonomy are in italic): 
  • appraise
  • assess
  • compare
  • conclude
  • critique 
  • defend 
  • evaluate 
  • give an opinion 
  • judge 
  • justify
  • locate errors
  • recommend