Higher Order Question Cards (Bloom's Taxonomy)

Multi-purpose questions to promote different levels of thinking, based on Bloom’s taxonomy.

Included in this pack are questions for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy that can be used in many ways in the classroom; some suggestions are given below.

There are 68 colour-coordinated questions. Generally, the level of challenge increases from red/knowledge questions (simplest) through the colours of the rainbow to purple/evaluation questions (most challenging).

The questions have been made so that they can be cut out and used however you like, and they’re written so that they can be applied to most lessons in most subjects. Similarly, they can be adapted to fit specific lessons or topics.

Suggested uses for the cards:
• As a challenge activity for children who finish their work early.
• As part of a whole-class plenary.
• As a starter to recap previous learning.
• To assess for learning at the end of a unit.
• As a game (e.g. who can draw the best picture to show their learning?)
• As ‘exit cards’ where students have to answer a question before they can ‘exit’ the lesson.
• Children can choose their own cards (once they know the difference in level of ease/challenge), or the teacher can direct different groups of children to particular colours.
• The longer ‘cards’ with the names and brief descriptions of each level of the taxonomy, e.g. ‘Knowledge (recalling facts)’, can be used to inform the children which level each type of question corresponds to and/or for a display.

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Created: Feb 18, 2017

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