Blooming Orange: Bloom’s Taxonomy Helpful Verbs Poster

Bloom's Taxonomy Poster

Here’s another poster to help get you thinking about how you can apply Bloom’s higher-order thinking skills with your children. This poster shows the segments of an orange with each segment relating to a thinking skill and some helpful verbs to serve as prompts.

While there are many more verbs that we could have added, we felt that including just seven in each segment would make them easier to remember (For more information, see Miller’s paper The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information.”

We thought it would be interesting to depict the verbs in a circular form as opposed to a hierarchical list, given that these skills don’t often occur in isolation and are interconnected. We went through several concepts including a wheel, a pie, and an apple, but somehow the orange seemed to work best when we put everything together.

For those of you who prefer it, we’ve also created a grayscale version of the poster. And if for some reason you’re against “oranges” and prefer lists, you can just download the Blooming Verb List. You should be able to glue the template onto a 3″ x 5″ index card or colored card stock, making it easy to carry around.

Let us know what you think – you know we’re always listening! 😉

Download the pdf’s here:

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  1. The poster is great! My middle school kiddos will be able to begin to understand Bloom’s thinking.

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  3. I love the poster and the possibility to put it all on a 3×5 card for students to have with them. I intend to share with my 108 6th graders! Both myself as the reading teacher and the ELA/Writing teacher are both having students do a lot of CCSS reading and writing and citing sources/paraphrasing, etc. It would be nice to have them look at the verbs and decide at what level are the questions and writing prompts and thinking we are both asking students to perform.

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