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This is the first in a series of posts designed to provide resources for Close Reading instruction in the classroom. The goal of these printables is to help children begin to learn how to ask deeper questions.
Thick or Thin Questions Anchor Chart (in black and white) An important part of self-monitoring is asking questions while reading. Often, it can be difficult for students to determine how to ask meaningful questions. We like to help students understand how questions can differ by referring to them as thick or thin questions. Once students understand the difference, they can be encouraged to form questions that dig deeper into the text.
Thick or Thin Card Sort These cards can have a variety of uses in your room. You may choose to begin by using it during a mini-lesson and ask the class to work together to sort each question into the correct category. The cards could also be used as prompts for students developing their own questions. Or, the cards could be used during a literacy club as a way to guide questioning.
Thick or Thin Questions Practice Page Before students can be expected to ask questions in their head to self-monitor while reading, they must be given many opportunities to practice this skill. We have created this graphic organizer as an exit slip to be used in your classroom. We suggest first modeling during a mini-lesson. The next day we would repeat the activity while asking students to have more input in the formation of questions. When students are ready, assign this page as a task during independent reading, reviewing answers during group share time at the end of class. For readers who are still struggling with this task, you might use this to guide your small group reading instruction. Laura over at ReadLearnTeachLife suggests using the book Weslandia for practicing the skill of developing thick and thin questions. We checked it out and think it is a great fit for the lesson. If you have another favorite, please share below.
Thick or Thin Questions Bookmark Exit Tickets Use these when you want to do a quick check. Students are asked to record one thick and one thin question.
There are so many ideas out there for teaching this concept. What about using the game Hedbanz to give students practice? We also found a picture of a class activity where a teacher had students record thick questions on regular size post-it notes and thin questions on the mini post-it tabs. What a great visual! Do you have other ideas? We would love to hear them!