Asking & Answering Questions While Reading

As students read text, it is important for them to be able to ask and answer questions such as who, what, when, where and why.   Use the resources below to help practice common core standards RL.1.1, RL.2.1 and RL.3.1.  Many of these printables can be used during independent reading time.

Story Map Students show their understanding of “W” words with this story map.

Who Bookmark Students can show their understanding of main character with this bookmark.

What Bookmark  Help students practice finding the problem and solution while reading.

When Bookmark After a mini-lesson to teach students about the “when and where” aspects of setting, have them show their understanding with this bookmark.

Where Bookmark Students can show that they understand what the setting of a story is with this bookmark.

5 Ws Story Dice  In small groups, students take turns rolling the die and asking “W” questions.

Question & Answer Map – Good readers are continuously asking and answering questions about the stories they read.  This graphic organizer has students brainstorming questions they have before and during their reading and then writing the answers to those questions as they find them.


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