Synthesis; Book, Grades 3-6

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�Synthesis� is the ability to combine parts of a whole in new and different ways....... It requires students to think flexibly, determine alternatives, and find new ways to accomplish a given task....... A more advanced level of abstract thinking is needed for synthesis....... The 25 lessons in this unit encourage students to go beyond the obvious to more original thoughts....... Example: An illustration of a bulb connected to a battery is presented. �Electricity is stored in a battery.� Look at the accompanying pictures of batteries, wires, and light bulbs. �Which bulbs do you think will light up?�The sequential activities featured here are sure to develop critical thinking skills.Grade(s): 3-6