- First Grade, Second Grade
- 60 minutes
How? In this lesson, your students will become familiar with using this question word to investigate how things work.
Students will be able to ask questions to retrieve information.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask your students if they have ever been to a train station.
- Have them describe their experience in a train station or an equally crowded or confusing area.
- Explain that asking questions to other people can make their experiences less confusing.
- Tell your students that today they will practice asking questions.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Separate the class into four groups at a pretend train station: ticket counters, passengers waiting on the platform, ticket checker at the platform, and information desk.
- Divide students into two groups: group 1 (information providers) and group 2 (information seekers).
- Have group 1 sit in different corners of the classroom.
- Instruct group 1 members to take on the roles of the information providers. For example, if a student is in the information desk corner, he will be the one providing information to someone in group 2 who asks.
- Instruct group 2 members to take on the roles of the information seekers. For example, if a student is in the ticket checker area, he will be the one asking about tickets to the student in group 1.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- Pose a scenario, such as a late train. Instruct your students to act accordingly.
- Encourage your students to use the word how when asking questions.
- Walk around the room, acting as a member of group 1 and group 2 at various times.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Ask your students to make posters with guidelines of how to navigate the train station.
- Encourage them to use vocabulary they heard during the role play.
- Enrichment: Create a new scene, such as an airport, for your students to act in. Have them use the same guidelines and prepare a chart on construction paper to explain the guide to their classmates.
- Support: If your students are not comfortable being in one group, put them in another group or create a new role for them, such as a passerby. Pair your students so that one student can absorb vocabulary from the other.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- During independent working time, go around the room, checking to see what information your students are putting down.
- Ask them how they found out that information and why they decided to use that information.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask your students to recap the role play.
- Have them repeat questions they asked and the answers that were given.
- Ask your students to explain why asking questions can be helpful.