This was designed to teach students how to ask and answer meaningful questions when reading a story. It was created to use in a 2nd grade classroom, but could be adapted for 1st grade, and very easily adapted for 3rd grade.
What This Product Contains:
Posters that can be displayed including the Learning Target (I can ask and answer meaningful questions to monitor and clarify my understanding of a story), Success Criteria (What students will need to do or know to meet the Learning Target), and Academic Vocabulary students will need to know and use to meet the target. I will leave up all year long, as this is a standard we work on throughout the school year.
There are anchor charts for students to refer to including questions vs. answers and definitions and examples of the question words who, what, when, where, why, and how.
The product includes 3 mini lessons for vocabulary/language development that focus on knowing the difference between a question and an answer and being able to ask questions. These could be used during your whole or small group instruction time.
There are 2 lessons that can be used as students progress with this skill. They use Henry and Mudge: The First Book and Henry and Mudge: Under the Yellow Moon. There is also a blank chart if you want to write in your own title and answers for a different story. In this lesson, students are given the answers and they must think of a meaningful question that would go with the answer. These mini lessons will require students to work in teams to complete the task. Check out my product-Jobs for Cooperative Learning: Including Partner Work, Group Work, and Team Talk. It has job expectations and sentence starters for cooperative learning.
The packet then moves on to students being able to ask a variety of their own questions when reading a text. In order for students to ask meaningful questions, they need to ask a variety of questions. There are anchor charts to display that identify these as Step 1 (Basic questions and answer right in the text-Who threw the ball), Step 2 (Questions and answers that are in the text, but may require students to look at different parts of the story-How did they try to solve the problem), and Step 3 (Questions and answers where the answer is not in the story, may require connections to self or other texts or for students to make an inference-Have you ever experienced a problem like the one in this story). The first lesson uses the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it requires students to sort given questions as step 1, 2, or 3. They give a reason for why it is a step 1, 2, or 3, along with the answer.
The final section of the packet is for when students are ready to ask and answer a variety of questions on their own or with a partner. It contains an anchor chart for answering questions in complete sentences. It also contains 5 graphic organizers with varying levels of support. They are in order from those that provide the most support to those that provide an additional challenge. I use these graphic organizers to assess this standard throughout the year. They can be used with stories or reading passages at any level.