Dots and Stripes! Questioning Game to improve asking questions!
In the age of Common Core, the standards of asking and answering questions seems to be particularly challenging for our kids. Even if you do not follow CCSS, questioning is one of the seven comprehension strategies kids need in order to make sense of the text. With this product you will be teaching kids how to formulate questions by using “Dots & Stripes”. The following are “dot” words: What? When? Who? Where? Which? Why? How? and then the “stripes” words are: is? was? did? will? can? would? might?
Take a dot word “What” and pair it with a stripes word “would” and you have your beginning to a great question! What would….? Any dot word paired with any stripe word will create a question and the level of questioning can go from simplistic (recall ) “What is…?” to more (inferential) open ended, “How might..?”
I call this Dots and Stripes because when you print this product, the backs of the cards will be dotted paper or striped paper. Once you have printed the cards, laminated them and cut them out, you will have two piles of cards that kids will draw from. They will always pick from the dot pile first and then from the stripe pile. This can be used with whole group or small group during reading. Kids can pose questions using these cards before, during and after reading any genre of book. Once they are comfortable, I have included a graphic organizer (see preview) where they can write their dot and stripe question words and then write questions in the boxes provided. This will help them prepare for any book study or guided reading group.
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