Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bloom's Question Generator
by: Kelly Nolte, Gr. 4

To introduce Bloom's questioning to my class, I reviewed the levels and what they meant. Next, we looked at questions about everyday objects. I provided the students with questions at all the levels for a drum, the pledge of allegiance, and school lunch. The students broke out into pairs and made decisions about what level each question would be.  After that, the groups shared their answers with the whole class. Then we took a look at literature they were familiar with. I shared some questions from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. As a whole class, we decided what level each question would fall under. Finally, the students broke out into groups again and came up with a question for each level based on their core book, The Orphan of Ellis Island. After coming up with the questions, they placed them on a class chart next to the level that they thought the question matched. As I walked around the class, the students were engaged and having discussions about levels of questions (which is sometimes more important than having students answer all the questions) and each group came up with some interesting high level questions. Here are some examples of the higher level questions they produced:

  • How would the story have been different if Salvatore didn't die?
  • Draw a picture of Dominic´s new family and house. Will Dominic like it? Why or why not?
  • Would you recommend The Orphan of Ellis Island? Why or why not?
  • Select the best part of the story. Why is it the best part?
  • Which character would you most like to meet? Why?
  • What kind of person is Dominic?
  • How are Francesco and Dominic similar?
  • Would you have taken the whip for Antonio? Why or why not?
  • In the library, find information about Italy in 1908. How would you have solved the problem of Salvatore´s stomach problems if you were there at that time?

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