“We are going to do an activity that will help you become better
readers using a strategy called generating questions. Generating
questions when reading will help you better understand what the
author is trying to tell us. Now I am going to model how it id
done and half way through the book you will all take over”
Explain that if they generate a question during the read aloud
to just hold the light bulb up and share their question.
Explain that when you generate questions you should start with
“I wonder why . . .?
I wonder why the story is called Wangari’s Trees of
also wonder how these trees are going to bring peace?
I’m wondering why is Wangari watching the birds, I wonder
if they were they being noisy? I wonder if they are doing
I why is Wangari is helping harvest, is she a farmer? I
wonder, are her family farmers?
I wonder why the author is comparing Wangari’s height to
wonder why Wangari went all of the way to America to go to
I wonder why Wangari returned to Kenya after finishing
wonder if it is her first time back sence she left
wonder if she came back to visit or work?
wonder what she studied in school?
also wonder why all of the trees are gone?
I wonder why the women are hauling firewood?
wonder where they are taking the firewood?
I’m also wondering what happened to the crops?
I’m wondering why so much construction is taking place?
I wonder how long it is going to take for those trees to
By holding up
the light bulb, as a class students will generate more
scaffolding for students if needed
After the read
aloud modeling students will be assigned a partner and in
pairs they will help each other generate questions and the
teacher observes and helps.
independently read a short story on their own and generate
at least four questions starting with “I wonder why. . .?”
on a sheet of paper provided