Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Jack L. McPherson

Second Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson

Third Committee Member

Leland Chapman


The purpose of this project was to develop a model Mathematics Thinking Skills Curriculum for Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary in Sammamish, Washington, in the Lake Washington School District, aimed at sixth grade mathematics classrooms. To accomplish this purpose, a review of related literature and research was conducted and utilized to develop unit and lesson plans for a model mathematics thinking skills curriculum. Students were given sample problems from the units and comparisons were made between teaching mathematics with thinking skills and traditional methods. The results support the hypothesis that mathematics concepts are better understood when combined with thinking skills and the use of higher level questioning strategies. Implications for using thinking skills in a mathematics program are discussed.