Ask & Answer Questions
Five Key Tasks for Teachers:
1. Get students’ prior knowledge on questioning with an anchor chart and lots of accountable talk.
2. Distinguish between asking and answering questions.
Teaching students to answer questions is much easier (at least for me) than teaching them to ask questions. Students have answered questions their entire lives. They know the skill of listening to the question and figuring out the answer. The skill of reading a text and asking questions before, during, and after is a tough skill in teaching.
(Printables taken from my RL2.1 pack.)
Using passages and real fiction/nonfiction stories are very important for kiddos to get practice. Whether you’re teaching them to ask about an informational topic or a fictional story they just read, students will need to learn how to answer text-based questions and ask questions based on pictures and events in the text.
3. Distinguish between thick and thin questions.
Whether they’re called thick, thin, strong, simple, or easy-peasy, teaching students to go DEEPER with their questioning is very important. We started by making an anchor chart and using given questions on the topic of sharks. Students have to decide if the question asked was a strong question or a simple question.
(Mini-Lesson Anchor Chart-toppers and Printable taken from my RL.3.1 pack.)
Students will need practice in defining the difference between strong and simple questions. BUT don’t stop with just that activity. As they work through asking and answering question lessons (and even in day to day lessons), make sure that student’s answers are always strong and text-based.
4. Teach the text-based strategy.
Text-evidence is a huge skill for primary students. Teaching them how to find an answer by looking back in their text will help them throughout middle school, high school, and college. The more they practice, the stronger they will get.
(Passage and Questions taken from RL.3.1)
5. Let them practice in many different ways.
While passages and comprehension questions are always a huge skill for students to master, we don’t want to limit them to the same activity each day. During my centers and small group activities, I would try to use task cards and interactive notebook activities to help practice the same skill while still changing things up.
Ideas for practice:
-Turn and Talk activities whole group
-Read to Self Self-Checking Cards
-Read to Someone Self-Checking Cards
(Task cards taken from RL.2.1)
(Interactive Notebook Template taken from RL.2.1)
Mentor Texts for Ask & Answer Questions
Need some strong read alouds and mentor texts for this standard? All the books that are linked below are linked to affiliate Amazon links.
Why by Richard Torrey
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Baghead by Jarret Krosoczka
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
Ask and Answer Questions (RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1)
-Key skills to hit- answer text-dependent questions and ask strong questions for more information
Odd Boy Out by Don Brown
Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons
What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn Branley
What If You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle
Whose Tools are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla
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