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Questioning Reading Response Strategy with Prezi and ScreenChomp App

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
(Literature and Informational Text)

I love trying new things with technology and one of my goals has been to figure out how my little 1st grade friends can actually create something on their MacBooks rather than just doing something I’ve created for them.  So, this week, we tried something new with our reading response strategy focus of questioning.  When I introduced the questioning strategy to my friends last week, it was a bit of a struggle for them to form questions before/during/after reading- they really just wanted to tell me what they were thinking in the form of a sentence! We tried again this week with the creation of a Prezi, which is an online presentation that you can create to get all your ideas organized in one spot and then share with others.  I did this with my small group of 1st graders and they each got an opportunity to share an idea and/or write their question on our Prezi.  Prezi is free- all you need to do is create an account. I find it to be very user friendly and fun to use! While one student was typing a question on the Prezi, the others were using Screenchomp on their iPads to show a response to one of our questions.  (I know I’ve written about this app recently– but it has saved our classroom lots of paper and been a super engaging reading response activity for my friends!) I have to say I will definitely be using Prezi again to have my students create something new as a reading response activity! 

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IMG 0605I created the Prezi first by choosing a pre-made template that worked perfectly for this reading response activity because it shows a person with thought bubbles! I then pulled in a picture of our Questioning strategy poster that we refer to in class and made a title page.  

IMG 0600I showed the students the book we were using and asked them if they had any questions about the story before we read it.  The students then typed in their questions.  I followed this same format for during and after reading questions as well.  It was a great way to stop & think about our story!

The other students were busy  filling out their graphic organizer with an answer to the questions we came up with on their iPads.  They took a picture of the graphic organizer and then drew their response with the virtual markers.

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This page comes after the title page and then as you view the Prezi when it is finished you just click on the various thought bubbles (or arrows) and it takes you through your created presentation! (You can check it out below.) The students (and I) were definitely WOWed by our creation! 

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Our Before Reading Questions: Who are the characters? Is it real? Where does it take place?

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Our During Reading Questions: Are they scared? What will happen?

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Our After Reading Questions: Were they tired?

You can view our creation here!

When I first introduced the Questioning Strategy, I did not use technology, but rather each child filled out their own graphic organizer with both their questions and answers. I had some students checking boxes of questions they had, some writing their questions and others completing questions that were already started for them.  This can be a difficult strategy for students to grasp since they are supposed to asking questions vs telling you something, but after a little prompting, my students were successful! You can check out my Reading Response Strategy: Questioning Literacy Center Pack in my TPT store!
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Have a great day!

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Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

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I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a certified reading specialist who loves talking all things literacy. I have a huge passion for providing resources and support to engage all readers!


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