August 2, 2015
By Jen Kessel

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Question or Statement

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  • Students will be able to identify and distinguish between questions and statements.
  • Students will understand and use question words.
(5 minutes)
  • Talk about what it means to ask a Question.
  • Talk about what a StatementIs.
  • Discuss the difference between the two. Make sure to mention that statements end with periods, whereas questions end with question marks.
(10 minutes)
  • Place the Question poster on one side of the room.
  • Place the Statement poster on the opposite side of the room.
  • Read aloud the first sentence from the Question or Statement list. Show the class that if you think it is a statement, you'll go stand near the Statement poster. If you think it is a question, you'll go stand near the Question poster.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell the class to get ready to begin the activity.
  • Have students stand up, push their chairs in, and get their listening ears ready.
  • Read the rest of the sentences on the list. For each one, have the students move to the poster they believe describes the sentence.
  • Ask students to return to their seats, and get out one of the baggies with the question words.
  • Read through the question words and explain to the students that next they will get to ask their partners questions using the question words.
  • Ask a student volunteer to come up to the front of the class.
  • Model asking each other questions using the question words. Examples include:
    • WhoIs your favorite author?
    • WhatDo you like to do?
    • WhereDo you live?
    • WhenDo you wake up?
    • WhyDo you like to play outside?
    • HowDo you know my sister?
  • Record some of the examples on the whiteboard and read through them orally and allow student volunteers to help.
  • Break students into partnerships and hand out a baggie with question words to each pair. Allow students a few minutes to practise using the question words.
(15 minutes)
  • Allow students to share out a few of their ideas and chart them on the whiteboard.
  • Instruct students to complete the Question or Statement worksheet independently.
  • Provide assistance when needed.
  • Enrichment:Have advanced students come up with original questions and statements to write on the backs of the worksheets.
  • Support:Have struggling students highlight key words that start questions, e.g. "what" or "how.' Brainstorm words that questions start with on the whiteboard.
(10 minutes)
  • To assess students' understanding of the lesson content, observe how they work and review their worksheets once they turn them in.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the class to read the questions and statements they found.
  • Ask them to share which key words they looked for to help them make their decisions.
  • Record the question words on the whiteboard.
  • Close the lesson by explaining to the students that questions help us learn more about something. Remind them that there is never a silly question, and all questions are welcome in your class!

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