Classroom Environment Lesson Structure Assessment Sample Comprehension Lessons

“From Questions to Answers”

Sample Lesson: Asking Questions Strategy
Grade 1

Ask Questions Prior to Viewing, See Introduction to Asking Questions

Purposes of the Lesson:

  • Encourage curiosity about texts to motivate focused reading and research
  • Teach students to use text features, including illustrations, headings, and captions, to generate questions
  • Teach students to use a variety of methods to find answers to their own questions in informational texts

Lesson Segment
(Video Clip)
Segment Focus
Questions to Consider While Viewing (Links to Facilitator Notes for PLC)
Teacher Commentary
(Video Clip)
Supporting Documents
Lesson Introduction Become familiar with the book and lesson plan
  • Read the book, Whales by Vic Moors ( , or the book summary, which indicates the pages used in the lesson.
  • Read the lesson plan
Lesson Introduction (3:02)












Connect/Engage (4:13)
  • Explain the strategy focus of the lesson;
  • Build/activate background knowledge and motivation for reading the text;
  • Establish or practice procedures/routines
Connect/Engage (1:23)
Model (5:47)
  • Read aloud and stop at strategic points to think aloud
  • Model how to record thinking
  • Use turn and talk to assess understanding and involve students
What is accomplished by each example modeled? Model (1:53)
Guided Practice 1 (3:42)
  • Continue to read aloud. Children record their own thinking and turn and talk;
  • Gradually shift responsibility for thinking and recording thinking from teacher to students;
  • Confer with students as they work.
What methods do students explore for answering their questions? Guided Practice 2 (1:53)
Guided Practice 2 (5:40) Why is it important for children to learn a variety of ways to look for answers to their questions?
Preparation for Independent Practice (5:04)
    Explain what students will do when they leave the meeting area
How does the teacher prepare the students to work on their own? Preparation for Independent Practice (2:15)
Independent Practice 2 (5:15)

Independent Practice 3 (6:25)

  • Students work on applying the strategy(ies) on their own or with a partner
  • Teacher confers – listening, scaffolding, and teaching into each student’s needs
Use the “Independent Practice Chart for Responses” to note student behaviors in asking and answering questions and teacher support.
Share and Closure (4:26)
  • Teach, reinforce, and/or utilize established routines to provide a respectful and supportive environment for sharing thinking
  • Reinforce important ideas from the lesson and encourage their future use
Share and Closure (1:20)
Analyzing Student Work Teacher/colleague analysis of student work Analyzing Student Work (3:49)
Lesson Reflection Teacher/colleague discussion about the lesson Lesson Reflection (3:39)