98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2007
What a treat! Fantastic, thought provoking, creative stories that can be used in SO many different ways! Children loved them......my neice and nephew, my class and at whole school level (including the adults!). I had children from different classes doing additional tasks in their own time to bring to me (endings for the stories....creative art) as the stories had stimulated them so much during the whole school session! Fantastic just for reading....or can be adapted to far far more including role-play, circle time, creative and analytical discussion, writing tasks etc. Follow up activities/suggestions REALLY useful - photocopiable templates, thinking skills identified and explained fully, suggestions on ways to develop thinking in the classroom - tools and techniques. The book is 'easy on the eye' making it very user friendly. Fantastic value for money. One of the best books I've bought!
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2007
Ready to challenge all learners? A must for anyone who wants to develop children's thinking skills. These witty, fable-like stories flow easily and are entertaining. They are fantastic for speaking and listening, guided reading/writing, PSHCE or other cross-curricular links. Each story is engaging, lending itself to numerous endings. The concept of Thinking Stories will be new to most children so it can be hard initially,oh yesssss, all that thinking for yourself! Even as an adult, I found myself challenged. Great then, that a simple teacher's guide with handy 'ending' prompts will provide a stimulus if you're really stuck. Before you know it, the children will be responding with improved ideas and their imagination will be starting to grow. Suddenly stories and reading are fun again! The 'Buy This' button is only a click away....
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2007
The title claims that these stories wake up your mind. They certainly do. Some with a gentle whisper, others with the impact of a gas explosion. And once your mind has been aroused from its dormancy, the 'big questions' will keep it awake - just like your neighbour's car alarm (and yes..they have gone away for the weekend!). My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it.
If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you. Whether an experienced or novice classroom practitioner, it clearly explains concepts and contains a wealth of suggested development activities linked to each story. Moreover, the types of activities can be adapted to engage children in diverse curriculum areas.
Howeve, it maybe best to buy a spare copy. Once your colleagues start borrowing it...you know what i'm saying?!
Finally, if Mike Fleetham was a type of fruit I think he'd be a mango..or a Mercedes-Benz. Why? Read the book and come up with your own answers!!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2011
This book is full of short stories with no ending. So the children are asked to create their own endings and analyse the stories. In my opinion, the stories are very engaging and very well written. There are lot of different questions a parent can ask a child about a particular story, its content, behavior of certain characters, moral of the story etc.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2008
Thinking Stories is just what was missing from my schools days - I would have loved them! Adults and children alike will be captivated by the pondering and wondering each short story evokes! Expect a flurry of questions and thoughts in your own head and from your pupils' mouths! The support questions and materials for each story are great expanders too.
If you want to engage and inspire your class - then get this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2012
I bought this as a junior headteacher who has many assemblies to do. The children were capitivated by the story I read and were eager to use the follow up activities and decide what the character might do next. A great buy.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2011
Use this book all the time in school as one off 'thinking' lessons. Took a while for the kids to get used to the fact the stories had no ending, but after they got over that, they were really keen to have their input! Very easy to use, just read the story and ask the well worded questions, great literacy potential too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
Have used it very well with Y6 children to distract them from SATS. Concepts a bit obscure for lower key stage 2.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2011
As a head of thinking skills in a secondary schools I ordered this knowing it was for primary. However, it has given me some fantastic ideas for adapting it for KS3 work. I would like to see a similar work for the secondary environment. Primary schools have way too much of the focus on thinking skills. Books as practical as this need to be spread around the key stages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
I love the stories in this book. I have only used one with a Year 4 class so far; it really stimulated their thinking skills and encouraged thinking outside the box.. I will definitely be creating more lessons using the stories .I highly recommend this book, wonderful food for thought.