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Concrete Comprehension: Questioning for Intermediate Learners

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Beginning with a concrete experience makes thinking visible, creates strong connections, and anchors future learning . It provides students with experiences that become safety nets and promote risk-taking. Concrete models support less-developed readers and stretch proficient readers to think metaphorically. This product series engages kids’ senses through concrete, hands-on lessons, works through the gradual release of responsibility model, and gives kids time to interact with texts in authentic and purposeful ways. It is designed to engage students in literacy experiences that will promote higher-order thinking and improve their comprehension skills. While the lessons are scripted for convenience, they can certainly be used as a guide and in whichever way works best for your students. My hope is that you and your students enjoy launching your comprehension lessons in unique ways that ultimately promote rich discussion and thinking within the classroom!

This intermediate unit focuses on questioning to lay a firm foundation for strategy instruction! It includes five mini-lessons that progress from a teaching point, to explicit instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and a closing/extension. Concrete models are incorporated to help students better understand how the brain works, all while learning about the brain using the following texts: "On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein" by Jennifer Berne and "Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein" by Don Brown. (You may opt to substitute these texts with any text, and editable templates are included to help facilitate this!) The concrete models used in this unit include: a puzzle, a mustache, a toy race car, and a geode (although you can choose anything that students would be unfamiliar with like a whisk, a wrench, a rock, etc.) Students will engage in hands-on, visual, concrete activities that will help students literally grasp how readers ask and answer questions, and how this strategy can help them as readers and writers!

Real photographs with detailed descriptions are included for teacher support. Download the Free Preview File to see photographs and an inside look at everything that is included within this resource!

What's Included:
Rationale
Vocabulary Posters
Sentence/Question Stems
Lesson Plan 1: I Can Ask Questions to Deepen Understanding
Concrete Model: Geode (or other relatively unfamiliar object)
Geode Image for Questioning Web on Anchor Chart
Numbers to Attach to Paper Bags for Questioning Activity
Sketch/My Questions Graphic Organizer
Question Word Cards (to attach to a ring)
Questioning Cards (displaying miscellaneous critters and objects to prompt questions)
Question Marks and Lightbulbs (to attach to popsicle sticks)
I Ask Questions 24-7 Graphic Organizer
Questioning Web
I Wonder... I Think...Formative Assessment
Lesson Plan 2: I Ask Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Concrete Model: Puzzle
Question Stem Strips
Blank Puzzle Template
An Original Short Story: "Bernard"
Putting It Together Graphic Organizer
"Oh I Wonder When I Read" Original Song
Albert Einstein: Questioning BDA Graphic Organizer and Short Text
Geodes: Questioning BDS Graphic Organizer and Short Text
Questioning BDA Formative Assessment
Lesson Plan 3: I Must Ask (Mustache) Questions When I Read
Concrete Model: Mustaches- thick and thin
Einstein Says Poster
I Mustache You Who You Are Game
Thick and Thin Mustaches (to attach to popsicle sticks)
Thick or Thin Question Sort (editable)
Albert Einstein head (to attach to popsicle stick)
Readers Mustache Questions Graphic Organizer: Thick and Thin Questions
Questioning Formative Assessment
Lesson Plan 4: Levels of Questioning
Concrete Model: Robot, Detective, Judge, and Inventor Images
Levels of Questioning Posters
Levels of Questioning Sample Questions Sheet
Levels of Questioning Game (editable)
Levels of Questioning Graphic Organizer
I Wonder... Formative Assessment
Lesson Plan 5: I Can Write Extended Responses to Questions
Concrete Model: RACE Car
Restate the Question Cut and Paste Template
Extra Word Strips for Restate the Question Template
Student Schema Map Template
RACE Graphic Organizer
RACE Question Cards (editable)
RACE Race Track extension
Restate the Question Formative Assessment

If you're looking for a primary resource to differentiate your lessons, check out Concrete Comprehension™ Questioning for Primary Learners in Miss DeCarbo's shop!
Total Pages
107
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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