Release the Dragons
Do you snicker and giggle and roll your eyes and say “oh no” in your head when someone visits your classroom near the beginning of the year and asks “Any questions?”
Those visitors don’t know the focus of 5-6 year old minds.
The kiddos struggle with the difference between questions and statements. All they hear when they’re asked “Any questions?” is “What do you want to say?”.
Generally, they want to say a lot – and so rarely is it in question form.
We have behavior assemblies within the first couple weeks of school wherein the principal meets with each grade level and discusses expectations and rules for the playground/campus and gives an all over reminder of what it means to be a student at our school. It’s all great. Except for at the end when he says “Any questions?” – I always cringe as he is hit with a barrage of statements.
It’s a 5-6 year old free for all. Oh how they love to speak to a captive audience. “My sister went down the slide backwards once, and scratched her arm.” “My cousin was running on the playground and he got hurt, ‘cuz he fell.” “It is important to follow the rules and be good.” All fabulous sentences – none questions.
So, I try to do lessons on question words and the difference between questions and statements right at the beginning of the year. It takes a while for some of them to get it. “Your questions MUST start with a question word.” “A question is something that can be answered – not a story.” I’m a broken record, I tell ya.
Release the dragons.
Isn’t he/she/it cute?
I designed this craft to help cement those question words. A fun culminating activity after a week of question focus.
Adorable on a bulletin board. Copy all the parts on different colors so there will be lots of different dragons on the wall.
They are part of the How Does Your Dragon Fly unit.
The unit includes a question word poster, the blacklines for the dragon parts and a couple of question word activities as well as a question response sheet that tucks under the dragon’s belly. It’s great for the introduction of questions vs. statements – but really could be used any time of the year.
Does it take your kiddos a bit of time to understand the difference between a question and a statement when speaking? What kinds of things do you do to teach them this skill?
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