Mr. Question Mark moved in this week! My kiddos are becoming questioning masters thanks to him. Today, I introduced my students to him and then we created our own versions of Mr. Question Mark. After they built him, they wrote question words on his body. I plan on having them place him in their book bins so they can refer back to him often when reading!
After they finished the craft, I set them free to go ask questions about an animal article with their partner. You can find the articles here. Prior to giving them their article, I covered up the words with Post-It Notes and only exposed the pictures. They used an I Wonder, I Learned organizer to ask their questions about the photographs only. Today, they only wrote their questions on the I Wonder side. Tomorrow, they get to reveal the text and see if their questions get answered. After they write what they’ve learned, I am going to put students in groups and they are going to “teach” the other group about their article! These two friends are carefully looking at the photographs to think of their questions. I told them to have Mr. Question Mark at their side, just in case they needed his help along the way.
A fun way to get students to ask questions is through this partner activity called, “Swip-Swap.” Here’s how to play: Students bring in 1 item from home and swip-swap it with another student. Have students look closely at their partner’s object and then write a question they have about it. Then, have students take turns asking each other the questions they wrote. They can record their partner’s answers next to the question.You can grab it below for free. Just click on the image below.
You can grab all of these activities, plus lots, more, in my Ask and Answer Questions Bundle (Fiction and Nonfiction):
Do you have any fun ways to help your students ask good questions?
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