Understanding Questions Grade 1-2

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This month's Teaching Tip comes from Understanding Questions Grade 1-2.

Understanding Questions Skills

Answering questions in any subject can be very confusing, especially if you do not understand what is being asked of you . Even if your first or second grader knows the answer, if he or she doesn't understand the question, he or she will probably get the answer wrong . There are multiple skills required to be able to successfully answer questions at any grade level, and this workbook is intended to give your first or second grader the opportunity to achieve success.

  • Reading--Basic sight words are learned using the question format starting from kindergarten .
  • Critical thinking and problem solving--Visual cues lead to the understanding of how to answer reading comprehension questions .
  • Visual memory--Visual cues offer tangible support and increase the ability to answer specific questions while improving the ability to remember concepts .
  • Visual motor--Using visual modality and motor modality at the same time increases the likelihood of absorbing the information and remembering it .
  • Vocabulary--Frequent practice of basic sight-word vocabulary increases reading fluency and comprehension .
  • Question comprehension--Understanding questions is the foundation for test taking and everyday conversation .
  • Picture-word relationships--Pictures and words are interactive and help to develop visual schema for future learning .
  • Language and communication--The ability to understand a language means that one can comfortably respond to verbal and written forms of a language .
  • Test taking--Tests provide practice interpreting questions and identifying what kind of answer to look for in passages .
  • Multiple modality learning--Everyone is an individual and has his or her own unique learning style . Most have strengths inat least one modality, but more often than not, a first or second grader is more successful when multiple modalities are used in instruction . The format of this workbook incorporates visual cues with words in order to help a first or second grader become a more independent learner and thinker .

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