Identifying Questions and Statements

Identifying Questions and Statements

Purpose
Understanding the difference between questions and statements

Material
Three headings that read: These are questions. These are not questions. These are statements.

Five question labels, without end punctuation.

The printed alphabet, including question marks and periods.

Language Arts journals and pencils.

Presentation
Most Montessori teachers introduce this topic in Year 1 and review as necessary in subsequent years.

Invite a small group of students to gather around a mat.

Announce to students that today they will learn more about question marks.

Define and discuss the terms question, statement, question mark, and period.

Invite a student to read aloud the heading that reads: These are questions. Place it at the top of the mat.

Invite a different student to read aloud the heading that reads: These are not questions. Place it on the mat to the right of the first one.

Shuffle and distribute the ten statements and questions among the students.

Invite student to rad aloud the sentence on his/her label and place it beneath the correct heading. Ask the students to choose the appropriate punctuation from the printed alphabet and place it art the end of his/her sentence.   

Encourage the other students to take turns reading aloud their sentences, placing them beneath the correct heading, and attaching the correct punctuation.

Place the heading, “These are statements,” above the one that reads, “These are not questions.”

Encourage the students to write three to five question/statement pairs in their journals.

Extension
Make question/answer poster. Think of a person who interests you. It can be someone you know personally, or a character from history, a storybook, or a movie. Think of five questions about this person,  using the words who, what, where, when, and why to ask your questions. Examples: ho is this woman?  What did she discover? Where was she born? On a piece of poster board, draw a picture of the person. Write the five questions and their answers as well.

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