At the middle and high school level, students are expected to dig deeper into their studies than just regurgitating information, and instead really analyze the what is presented to form opinions, brainstorm ideas, and analyze information in all forms.
I noticed that kids don’t always naturally gain these skills without a bit of guidance. When I noticed Kira was answering questions that begged deeper answers with the same level of detail as a more shallow question, I started my search for a Bloom’s Taxonomy chart and worksheet. I remember when my college professor handed it out to us, and I felt my eyes were opened. Using key words in the question really helped determine how much time and attention I should spend on any given question, resulting in better grades!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything at Kira’s level that would help her understand what the diagram means, so I decided to put together a printable. I hope you can benefit, too! In this printable, you can find:
- The old and new Bloom’s Taxonomy pyramid
- A chart that explains the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
- A worksheet to practice recognizing the different levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, and practicing new key words students will see in their studies
Bloom’s Taxonomy for Middle School and High School
Why study Bloom’s Taxonomy?
Before kids get into high school, and definitely before they hit college, they should understand when they are asked to define something, it is not the same as assessing it. They should also be able to recognize when they are masters of a certain subject or topic, and when they can simply repeat back what they’ve been told. We praise kids so much for repeating things back to us when they are small, I think we give them the idea that repetition is all that’s required of them!
While it seems college professors are expecting less from incoming students than in years past, at least on the writing side of things, knowing how to accurately answer questions with the level of detail the teacher wants will in sha Allah (God willing), but our students ahead. I know that understanding Bloom’s Taxonomy helped me a lot in my college years, and I hope my kids will have it down pat before I graduate them.
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