Lesson Plan:

Question or Statement

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August 2, 2015
by Jen Kessel
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August 2, 2015
by Jen Kessel

Learning Objectives

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.

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