Teaching our young students to ask and answer questions when they are reading is such an important skill. However, it can be complicated too! We are here to help you! We have two reading units for teaching about asking and answering questions. They are:
- Asking And Answering Questions In Fiction (RL 1.1)
- Asking And Answering Questions In Non-Fiction (RI 1.1)
These 2 reading units have the same activities but are different based on whether it is fiction or non-fiction.
Lesson Plans Done For You
Do you have to submit lesson plans every week to your principal (if you do, I’m so sorry)? Both the fiction and non-fiction reading units have 7 lesson plans each. These 7 lesson plans are detailed and organized. In addition, they’re perfect to leave for a sub! Or help guide your instruction!
The 7 lesson plans are:
- What Is A Question?
- What Are Thick And Thin Questions?
- How To Ask Questions Before We Read
- How To Ask Questions While We Read
- How To Ask Questions After We Read
- Finding Answers To Our Questions (and how they won’t always be answered)
- Putting It Altogether
Pre- And Post-Assessments
Assessing our students before we start a reading unit is important. We need to see what they actually know before we start. If they already have an understanding of what a question is, then we don’t need to spend a lot of time on that part of the unit. Using these assessments will also help with identifying what to work on with certain students in guided reading groups or tutoring.
After teaching the unit, you’ll be able to give the post-assessment to see what your students learned. These assessments are great for collecting data and sharing at parent/teacher conferences as well.
Each unit has reading passages included. There are 3 different types. They are:
- Reading Passages: These reading passages include a short paragraph with picture support and 3 comprehension questions.
- Color-Coded Passages: These passages have a short text with prompts to color the answer a certain color in the text. And for example, there may be a crayon with the word blue on it. Underneath, there is a quesion that says, “Who is the main character?” Students will highlight/color the main character in the text blue.
- Picture Passages: There is no text on these passages (so not quite a reading passage, but still important!). Students look at the picture and then ask a question underneath. Students also circle whether the question they ask is thick or thin.
Each unit has 4 reading centers that can be used in multiple ways. Another example, you can use these during your student’s center time or in your small groups.
The non-fiction centers are:
- Thick Or Thin Question: Students read the question and sort it under “thick” or “thin”.
- Question Or Not: Students read the sentence and sort it under “question” or “statement”.
- Question Match-Up: Students read the question and match it to the answer.
- Picture Center: Students look at the picture and write a question about it underneath.
The fiction centers are:
- Question And Answer Puzzle: Students match the question and answer puzzle pieces together.
- Question Or Not: Students read the sentence and sort the questions and statements.
- Match Up: Sttudents read the question and match it to the correct answer.
- Picture Center: Students look at the picture and write a question underneath.
What Else Is Included?
Then, there are even more activities included engaging students in this reading unit!
- Question Royalty Crowns: students read the sentences and cut out the questions to glue on the band of the crown.
- Graphic Organizers: Use these with any book during independent reading, your listening center, small groups, etc.
- Discussion cards: Use these cards in your small groups to ask questions about what you are reading.
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Grab A Freebie
Time for a freebie! There are 6 no prep pages (3 fiction and 3 non-fiction) with a picture for students to ask questions about. Just enter your information below or click the picture to get your freebie!
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