Monthly Discussion Starters {The Bundle}

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True Life I'm a Teacher
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52 pages (324 discussion starters)
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Using discussion starters is a great way to incorporate speaking and listening standards while helping building a community of learners in your classroom.

What are discussion starters?

Discussion starters cards that contain a question, thought, or task for students to think about, and respond to. There are a range of topics within each month ranging from seasons and weather, to holidays and special events, to general themes I included for each month.

Each discussion starter is on a small card, with nine (9) cards per page. This makes printing, and storage easy and convenient. These cards are strictly black and white, but I like to print on colored card stock, then laminate for durability.

Discussion starters can be used as part of morning meeting, a writing center, work on writing, partner work, morning work, or as writing prompts.

These discussion starters have been designed specifically for grades 1-3, however, there are some cards that may require examples or addition explanations provided by the teacher. In addition, most of the discussion starters are appropriate for grades 4-5 also.

Each month includes 27-36 discussions starters. This gives you the flexibility to choose the discussion starters that are JUST RIGHT for your students.

To get an idea of what types of questions are included, be sure to check out the preview!


September - INCLUDED

October - INCLUDED

November - INCLUDED

December - INCLUDED (Christmas and Hanukkah questions included)

January - INCLUDED (added 1/1/18)

February - INCLUDED (added 1/31/18)

March - INCLUDED (added 2/28)

April - INCLUDED (added 3/25)




Total Pages
52 pages (324 discussion starters)
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.


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