Can I Ask You a Question?

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! image image

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.


Here are some other kiddos hard at work asking questions! image



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?

Leave me a comment telling me about your ideas below!

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  • Kristin November 12, 2013, 12:17 am

    Did you already know that you are brilliant?
    You should be in the Teachers Hall of Fame.
    Like, yesterday.

  • Ashley Reed November 12, 2013, 1:22 am

    I agree with Teeny Tiny! Girl, you are FAB! I love your precious new blog design, too!
    Just Reed

  • Mrs. Griffith November 12, 2013, 1:26 am

    We do something similar…but of course, your ideas are MUCH cuter!

    For the Love of First Grade

  • Courtney Bartlett November 12, 2013, 1:28 am

    You have the best ideas! I always look forward to your posts.

  • Jennifer Ross November 12, 2013, 2:20 am

    I am SO addicted to your stuff!! And if I taught 1st, it'd be even worse!!

  • Courtney November 12, 2013, 2:28 am

    We make an anchor chart with the big question words- who/what/when/where/why/how- each in their own section. Then I give students a paper with a few sticky notes. As I read a book, they use the anchor chart to record questions on their sticky notes. When we are done we post the sticky notes on the appropriate section of our anchor chart. LOVE your ideas of course, as usual!


  • vicky1970 November 12, 2013, 4:45 am

    Kristin – is right…you are stinkin brilliant and if there was a teacher hall of fame I would vote you in. Can you move to high school in Cali and have my daughter next year ??? :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  • ThrillsandFrillsinFirst November 12, 2013, 10:54 pm

    I love this. We just did a non-fiction text feature unit and this would go great extension. You should check it out.

  • Iteachgrade1 November 13, 2013, 12:35 am

    You are amazing! I always get inspired when I read your posts! Thanks for sharing so many of your terrific ideas!

  • Jennifer White November 13, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Love it all! I do a "Super Wh" activity and Show and Tell to work on questioning =)
    First Grade Blue Skies