These cards are designed to help students ask a variety of questions about what they've read. The question starters reach all levels of Bloom's from Knowledge (What is...?) to Evaluate (Why Might...?) and Synthesize (How Could...?). The cards are structured to help eliminate cheating and copying by forcing each student to design his/her own unique question. Below are some suggestions for using these cards in your lessons.
* Copy on heavy card stock and laminate for longer use. Copy the cards with or without the optional back design.
* Consider color-coding the cards by the first word in order to quickly sort the cards for different reading assignments.
* If you've assigned reading homework, as students enter your classroom the next day, hand each student a card and have them use the question starter card to write a question over the reading.
*Before students read, have them each draw a card (or two or three...). They must write a question over the reading using the question starter that they selected.
* Assign students to ask questions from specific pages so that students are questioning all parts of the text.
* Use the "Luck of the Draw" card to break up the monotony of class by giving the student who draws that card a special privilege or reward, such as a snack or other reinforcer.
* If you are reading aloud to your class, periodically pause to draw a card and ask all students to use the question starter you drew to design a question over what you have read. Call on a few to share.
* Use the "Swap" and "Wild Card" cards to help make the activity more fun.
* Consider having students keep a question log as they read to serve as a tool for review before a test or quiz.