Restating the Question: An Introduction through Oral Language | Back to School

Tessa Maguire
Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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24 pages
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Kicking off a Great Year gives students practice restating the question through Back to School activities like morning meetings and student interviews. Restating the Question is a difficult skill for many students. Introducing it through oral language is a great way to provide scaffolds for students and help set the expectation of complete sentences all year long. This unit is designed to be used during the back to school season as part of your getting to know you activities, but can be used any time of the year.


  • 128 question cards
  • Student interview templates

The question cards can be used as a classroom greeting or part of morning meeting. Some cards include sentence stems for responses, while others expect students to know how to respond in a complete sentence independently. The different sets let you gradually increase the complexity with students.

The student interview templates include writing lines for a variety of grades. Whether you're in first grade or third grade, the student interview can be done by students independently through scaffolding.

This is also a great resource for ESL/ELD students. It helps them build syntax understanding as well as conversational skills.


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24 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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