Throwdown Thursday - Questioning and an Interactive Freebie!!

Woohoo, today was the last day of school for me until March 17th - that's right, it is time for Spring Break. It is also time for spring, but Mother Nature is not cooperating on that one at all. I can definitely use the break - I have a cold that is kicking my behind something awful - the reason I have not been around very much lately :(

But I am here today to link up with my blogging friend Erin from I'm Lovin Lit for her linky...

I want to share an anchor chart, interactive note and video that I used to teach questioning and making inferences.

Here is a picture of my anchor chart. I saw this on Pinterest (of course) but it does not link to anything so sadly I can not give credit to anyone :(

We talked about the types of questions on the anchor chart and what the different levels look like. Then I had my students write questions about this picture I had projected on the whiteboard (I have it here one of my Pinterest boards).

I had them write questions for each of the levels using the sentence stems and post them on the anchor chart. Then we read the article and talked about how some questions (judge and inventor) call on us to make inferences since the information is not explicitly stated.

My students also made this interactive note for their reading notebook. Under the flap they recorded sentence stems and on the inside of the flap we recorded if we use information from the text or need to make inferences. Click here for a copy.

Then we watched this video (which I have on my classroom video Pinterest Board).

I would stop the video and ask questions - students needed to identify if the question was a robot/detective/judge/inventor question and then they answered it. Robot question - how many birds are there, inventor question - how might they get the cupcake. The sentence stems are great because they also give students a way to start their answer.

Hope there is something in here that you can use in your classroom. I am going to take a nap before going to bed.


  1. HEY....I used the Pigeons video this week TOO! Guess where I got it....your Pinterest board! Lol! Love the idea of the robot, detective, judge and inventor! Definitely pinning this to MY board! Get better can't be sick during your Spring Break. You can be a couch potato though...just not in the basement!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Happy spring break...and may you NOT be sick during it!

    Love your question idea...easy for students to understand. Must copy you. Stat.

  3. I love the idea of having students ask questions about a picture! Gonna steal that one for sure! Feel better soon and enjoy the break!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  4. I love the type of question idea and using video to model it - definitely stealing!

  5. What a great post! I'm so glad I found your blog.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  6. I really love this! I actually wrote about it in my blog I created for a teaching class that I am in! Wonderful idea!

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know - I really appreciate it : )


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