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Lesson Plan: Ask and Answer About Space

Solar System

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To ask and answer questions about a particular text

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1:  Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.




  • Why do we ask questions?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • We ask questions to learn more about something.  Sometimes we ask questions because we do not understand something and we need it to be explained more.  And, sometimes we ask questions because we just want to know more!
  • Many times, when we are reading, we think of questions that we have about what we are reading.  It might be a question about a word that we do not understand or a question about why something happened.
  • Raise your hand if you have ever asked a question out loud or to yourself when you were reading?
  • You are now going to read a paragraph about space.  While you are reading, I want you to think about any questions that you might have.  (Allow the students time to read the paragraph.)
  • Now that you have read about space, I want you to think about questions that you have about what you read.  Raise your hand if you have a question.  (Allow the students to share their questions.  If the students cannot come up with any questions to ask, prompt them by asking them to think about questions using who, what, where, why and how.)
  • You came up with some really good questions!  Now, you are going to answer questions about what you read.
  • You will write the answer on the line next to the questions.  You will also need to underline the part of the paragraph that shows you where you got your answer.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers and where they came from.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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