Need to spice up your small group instruction? These question stems are fully aligned to the Common Core 3rd Grade Informational Text standards and were created with close reading and higher-level thinking and comprehension in mind! Just print on cardstock, laminate, and hole punch the top in order to store the cards on a binder ring!
Within my third grade classroom, I have students reading between first and sixth grade levels. Because the ELA CCSS build upon themselves throughout K-12, I am able to use these question stem cards to constantly differentiate the questioning within my small group instruction! I maintain one ring of literary text stems and one of informational text stems; each ring includes stems for multiple grade levels. For example, if you flip to the RI1 section on my informational stem ring, you’ll find questions to match the varying complexity of RI1 for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. This helps me ensure I am asking appropriately complex questions for each level of reader! Each card includes the grade level and standard it is aligned to.
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