Both classes are learning about the reading strategy Asking Questions. As we are about to start writing reports, it is a good introduction to doing research. Without questions we have nothing to find out!
We talked about thin & thick questions. The students hypothesized that thin questions were simple and had straightforward answers, the meaning of a word would be a thin question, or the location of an event. Thin questions are often answered in the text or with simple, quick research.
Thick questions have more complicated answers and sometimes can’t be answered at all. Thick questions require inferring and complex research and analysis.
We started with a read aloud from the book Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World by Janet Wilson.
The grade fours learned about Shannen Koostachin, a First Nations girl from Attiwapiskat who took a stand about her town’s lack of a proper school. Shannen had to leave her family to go to high school right here at TDSS. Tragically, she was killed in a car accident.
Here are some of the questions the grade fours had after listening to Shannen’s story. We will research some answers to their questions next week.
The grade fives read about a girl in India named Anita Khuswaha. Anita was born to a lower caste family so her future was marrying young and shepherding goats and having lots of children. Anita stood up to her parents and her culture and decided to become a bee keeper.
The grade fives have already researched their questions and will present their findings to the class next week. I will post their findings here.