Springing Into Action: Asking Questions with The Wednesday Surprise
Teaching my students to ask and answer questions while reading is one of my favorite units to teach! Why?
The books of course!
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I always introduce Asking Questions with a brown paper bag.
I place something inside and let the kiddos ask questions.
Then, we talk about which questions were the most helpful in trying to figure out what is in the bag.
It is usually those “thick” questions that help us the most (go figure!)!
Then, I start reading books.
Have I mentioned how much I love books?
One of my favorites is The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting.
I give each of the kiddos a bookmark (freebie below) and three sticky notes.
They stick their notes on the bookmark to ask questions before we read, while we read, and after we are done reading.
Their first question is always, what is the surprise?
Without giving too much away, it starts to become “obvious” what is going on in the middle of the book.
Then, there is a surprise ending that always has them asking a ton of questions!
We then organize and discuss our question, answer as many of them as we can with the book (which usually leads to AMAZING discussions), then talk about the questions that we can’t answer with the book and where we might find the answers. Which then leads to Kiddle searches galore!
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This notebook has been so valuable for tracking reading progress! I have created multiple notebooks for multiple grades. I have found this to be so helpful for keeping on the same page with my aide as well. We can both pop into this and see what work has been done with which students! Thank you for this wonderful teaching aide!