February 08, 2006
Students in my first and second grade literacy groups enjoy discussions about the books they've taken home and read. A reader shares his/her story. Peers are given 'question bubbles' with the words - who, what, how, etc. They ask questions in sentence form by using the 'bubble' word as a guide. This assessment allows me know how well they read, listened, and understood a story or activity. As the 'bubbles' are used, they are placed in a pile, shuffled, and reissued for the next student speaker. Everyone is encouraged to speak in complete sentences. As the year progresses, students use the question bubbles to write their questions for group discussion. This activity encourages reading and develops thinking skills. It can be done sitting on the carpet or from chairs in a circle.