Procedures: Create a chart that includes the following categories:
Invite students to brainstorm questions that begin with the words: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? Have them read informational texts to find answers to the questions they brainstormed.
Sample Application: Have students imagine that they've been hired as scientists to write a fact book about how monarch migration. Ask students, "What questions would a reader have about monarch migration?" Have students work with a partner to generate a list of possible questions about this topic. Encourage them to brainstorm a variety of questions using the 5 W's and H strategy: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? Ask for volunteers to share their lists. After students have shared their ideas, ask: "How do you think these questions would help you write a fact book about monarch migration?" Introduce the text by reading aloud its title. Invite students to think about their brainstormed questions: "Based on the title, which questions do you think will be answered in this article?" Encourage students to place a star by the questions they choose.
Variations: Revisit the brainstormed
questions to identify main ideas and details in reading selections. Invite
students to use the details that answer the questions to summarize their
Reading Strategies: Activate Prior Knowledge,
Set a Purpose for Reading, Build Vocabulary, Identify Main Ideas and Details,
Summarize Information, Synthesize Ideas, Make Connections
Sample: See Questions for Details in Action!
- Who tracks monarchs on their seasonal journeys?
- What do monarchs need to survive?
- When do monarchs begin their journey south to Mexico?
- Where are monarchs sighted at different times of the year?
- Why do monarchs migrate?
- How can we ensure that monarchs survive and thrive now and in the future?