An activity I have for Grade 8 advisory coming up soon has them use critical thinking skills to analyse several photographs.
Students start off by discussing the question 'What is Critical Thinking?". They then see a short clip from one of the greatest movies of all time...Men in Black! After watching this they discuss the critical thinking that was shown, before discussing how and when they use critical thinking.
:After this students will move onto the main activity which helps them look at different photographs and use critical thinking to try and discover what is happening.
They main tool they use is the thinking routine 'See Think Wonder'. On scrap paper they will write everything they see, everything they think is happening and all the questions ("wonderings") they have.
They can also analyse the photograph through applying existing knowledge, analysing the people in the photos or by imagining that the photo is a snap shot of event - what is happening before or after?
Here's the presentation. (all the sources are in the 'speakers note' section below the slides)
Some of the main slides, then the whole slideshow below: