When it comes to learning the research process there are certain basic processes learners need to master. Asking questions is one of those processes. If they can't ask a clear question, learners will never know if the information they wanted was staring them right in the face! This week during third grade library I picked the random topic of the octopus. Chances were that between the twenty some learners there would be a few strands of knowledge to work with. Good researchers (even children) should start with listing what they know about a topic. Then we bring out the questioning words they all know: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Every question created must include one of the question words listed AND the research topic in it. Here are three examples of what we did: 3K, 3S, and 3F
Next week each learner will get a random topic. They will be given a grab bag of questioning words and will need to generate some questions on a topic. I purchased an Alice in Wonderland themed questioning packet from Teacher Pay Teacher and will be creating these grab bags this week. The skill of questioning never goes out of style and it is a skill children will use throughout school and for the rest of their lives.