Having students answer questions about a text is one thing, but having them generate their OWN questions is another story! This packet was designed to help your students become questioning masters!
In this packet you will find:
Anchor charts for the following: “Why Ask Questions?”, “Who?”, “What?”, “Where?”, “When?”, and “Why?”
a letter from “Question Mark” explaining what it means to ask questions
a “Question Mark” craft (students can write question words on the question mark and refer back to it when reading and asking questions)
-non-fiction text question cards (to use during small group instruction or for students to refer to when working independently/with a partner)
-detailed lesson ideas for how to teach the questioning strategy with a non-fiction text
-four non-fiction animal articles (lions, Red Eyed Tree Frogs, animal teeth, and bats) for students to read and generate questions
-four response sheets for students to complete after reading all about the animals
-many different questioning graphic organizers
-Snapshot Questions (students choose 1 photograph and ask a question about it – this is a great assessment to see if they understand HOW to ask a question)
Silent I-Spy: One student chooses an object in the classroom and does not tell anyone what it is. The other students has to WRITE questions in order to guess the mystery object.
Swip-Swap: Students bring in 1 item from home and swip-swap it with another student. Have students look closely at their partner’s object and then write a question they have about it. Then, have students take turns asking each other the questions they wrote. They can record their partner’s answers next to the question.
All of these activities align with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.