Question or Statement
Students will be able to identify and distinguish between questions and statements.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Talk about what it means to ask a question.
- Talk about what a statement is.
- Discuss the difference between the two. Make sure to mention that statements end with periods, whereas questions end with question marks.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Place the Question poster on one side of the room.
- Place the Statement poster on the opposite side of the room.
- Read aloud the first sentence from the Question or Statement list. Show the class that if you think it is a statement, you'll go stand near the Statement poster. If you think it is a question, you'll go stand near the Question poster.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell the class to get ready to begin the activity.
- Have students stand up, push their chairs in, and get their listening ears ready.
- Read the rest of the sentences on the list. For each one, have the students move to the poster they believe describes the sentence.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Ask students to complete the Question or Statement worksheet independently.
- Provide assistance when needed.
- Enrichment: Have advanced students come up with original questions and statements to write on the backs of the worksheets.
- Support: Have struggling students highlight key words that start questions, e.g. "what" or "how.' Brainstorm words that questions start with on the whiteboard.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- To assess students' understanding of the lesson content, observe how they work and review their worksheets once they turn them in.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask the class to read the questions and statements they found.
- Ask them to share which key words they looked for to help them make their decisions.