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Interactive Bulletin Board Idea: “Thick Questions”

By Beth Newingham on January 10, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

When students are involved in reading partnerships, they must write "thick questions" to bring to their meetings. To help students practice writing thick questions, I also include them in my daily read-aloud. Each day after I read a chapter aloud from a class novel, I invite my students to write a thick question on an index card and add it to the card holder on our "Thick Questions" bulletin board. I pick one thick question to ask the class before I begin reading from the novel the following day and lead a brief class discussion.

Learn more about "thick" vs. "thin" questions, plus download posters and teaching ideas.

Comments (11)

Hi Beth,

Link doesn't work. Can you e-mail it to me! I LOVE your enthusiasm and your website.

In case you missed the fix above, I'll post it, too.


Wow, you would think they would read these comments and fix the broken link.

It's been almost a month and the link still doesn't work.

I am trying to find your content about the difference between thick and thin questions...???

Link doesn't work- can you send download to me

Try this link: http://hil.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/thick_or_thin.htm

None of the links work. Can you fix the problem or tell me what I am doing wrong.

I agree.

The hyperlink doesn't work :(

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