Questioning, or asking questions, is a reading strategy that we use to understand what we read. We are practicing question words or -wh words - who, what, where, when, why. We are also using how, another question word that explains the way something happens.
As we read two different books, Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann and Old Bear by Kevin Henkes, we had lots of questions about the pictures and the story. We asked them directly or we wondered what the author meant. Here are some of our questions.
Good Night, Gorrilla
Why did the animals get the zookeeper's keys?
Why is there a mouse on every page?
Why is the peanut inside the cage?
I wonder what the book is about.
I wonder why the Old Bear is sleeping in the ground.
I wonder what the bear is dreaming about.
I wonder why Spring is here and Old Bear is not dreaming.
As you spend time at home this Thanksgiving weekend, please read a book that you love with an adult and ask questions about it.
Post the title of the book you read and two questions so we can share them in class.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!
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