Asking Good Questions - 2

Foundational

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Teachers

Definition: The purpose of asking a good question while having a conversation is to gather information or solve a problem

Questions

  • What is a question?
  • What is a good question?
  • Why do we ask questions?
  • How/when should we ask questions?
  • How do questions assist us in developing better conversations?

Discuss with students what it means to ask a good question and why it is important. Review the discussion point questions.


    Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Generating Questions

Display the topics below on the board. In small groups, have the students choose a topic generate appropriate questions about that topic.

  • School
  • Movies
  • Friends
  • Pets
  • Siblings
  • Board games
  • Sports
  • Summer
Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
  • Paper and pencil for each student

Activity 2: Circumstances

As a class develop a list of circumstances when it is important to ask good questions.

Ex. When a friend is telling you a story.

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A and discuss answers.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student activity sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

Example script of asking good questions:
Ken: What did you do yesterday?
Anya: I went on the hayride at the pumpkin patch. Did you go?
Ken: I did not go yet but I want to! What kinds of activities did they have?
Anya: They had some rides, apple bobbing, and crafts. I had fun.

Example script of not asking good questions:
Anya: Hi, Ken, how are you today?
Ken: (No Answer)
Anya: Did you go on the hayride at the pumpkin patch?
Ken: I’m not going to answer you.
Anya: It was a lot of fun. I thought the monsters were scary.
Ken: No. No. No.

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs and syllables.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations:

Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Utilize current classroom literature the demonstrates asking questions appropriately.

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: If your friends decided to go to the movies and you wanted to go, what questions would you ask?

Student Activity Sheet B

Study the comic strips below. Circle the answers that show the characters asking good questions.

Student Activity Sheet C

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. Where did Anya go?

3. What did Anya do at the pumkin patch?

4. How do you think Anya feels when Ken won't answer her?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. In red circle two verbs.

Remember:

A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence.

Example script of asking good questions:
Ken: What did you do yesterday?
Anya: I went on the hayride at the pumpkin patch. Did you go?
Ken: I did not go yet but I want to! What kinds of activities did they have?
Anya: They had some rides, apple bobbing, and crafts. I had fun.

Example script of not asking good questions:
Anya: Hi, Ken, how are you today?
Ken: (No Answer)
Anya: Did you go on the hayride at the pumpkin patch?
Ken: I’m not going to answer you.
Anya: It was a lot of fun. I thought the monsters were scary.
Ken: No. No. No.

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

  1. What is a question?
  2. Why should you ask questions when you are having a conversation?
  3. What are some of the reasons that you would ask a question?