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Asking Questions Reading Strategy. Four Kinds of Questions. #1. Clarifying #2. Predicting #3. Inferring #4. Pondering . Clarifying . Clarifying means to understand better. *What does this word or sentence mean?

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four kinds of questions
Four Kinds of Questions
  • #1. Clarifying
  • #2. Predicting
  • #3. Inferring
  • #4. Pondering

Clarifying means to understand better.

*What does this word or sentence mean?

Example: The butterfly emerged from its



Predicting means to guess what is coming.

*Will ____happen next?

  • On Tuesday the very hungry caterpillar ate through two pears, but he was…..

Inferring means that the answer will not be written in the book, but you will be able to figure the answer out in your head.

*Did the author mean___?


Pondering means to think carefully.

*I wonder if butterflies are insects?

Yes! Butterflies are insects because I know that butterflies have three body parts and two pairs of wings.

thick and thin questions
Thick and Thin Questions
  • Thick questions make you think, and do not have quick answers. They are complex and open ended.
  • Why?
  • What if?
  • Thin questions make you think as much, and have quick answers. Those answers are short and closed ended.
  • How far?
  • When?
questions and answers
Questions and Answers

Where can I find the answers to my questions?

#1. In the book: right there

The answer can be found in the book

(characters names, setting, etc.)

#2. In my head: the author and me

The answer can be found using your own thoughts and

knowledge as well as information in the text.

#3. In my head: on my own

The answer can be found using your own thoughts.

#4. In the book: think and search

The answer is in the book, but you must think carefully

about the whole story.