Once Upon a Question Mark
Students will use question marks effectively in oral and written language.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Pass out the Summer Camp worksheet to your students.
- Read the passage aloud, not using inflection as you read.
- Discuss the missing punctuation marks. For example: How would the story sound if I used a question mark here? How does punctuation tell us to read?
- Show students the symbol for the question mark.
- Instruct them to write the symbol in their notebooks.
- Explain that a question mark is used at the end of an asking sentence.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Write a list of question words on board, such as why, how, and when.
- Have students generate a list of question sentences beginning with one of the question words listed.
- Record your students' sentences on the board.
- Encourage students to read sentences with correct intonation and pitch.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Give your students cards with a question mark.
- Explain that they will listen to some sentences and raise the question mark card when they hear an asking sentence.
- Make up various sentences, and have students respond by raising the question mark card if it is an asking sentence.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Write different types of sentences on board, modeled after the ones on the worksheet.
- Instruct students to write these sentences in their notebooks and put a question mark where appropriate.
- Enrichment: Give students the Summer Camp 2 worksheet to complete. Have them fill in the blanks with the correct punctuation marks.
- Support: Instruct students to complete the Question Words worksheet to become familiar with common question words.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Circulate and offer help where needed.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite students to explain what they have learned.
- Have students come up with sentences, and direct them to take turns marking the sentence with a partner.