This year, I decided to change up the way I'm going to introduce it to the kids. I thought it would help kids to see how it works by spending a bit of time focusing on using it in conversation.
In my previous experiences I've also seen first and second grade teachers really focusing on this skill. However, what I made for third and fourth wouldn't work as easily with those grades, obviously. So I changed up the lines to include writing lines to help young learners. Some sheets are also provided for the very beginning of first grade, or the very end of kindergarten, where students only fill in the answer and then trace the rest.
An important aspect to consider when teaching students to restate the question is the hook that's going to help them remember. In my area, we use the acronym PQA. It stands for Putting the Question in the Answer. I've also seen TTQA (Turn The Question Around) which is basically the same thing. I've recently come across RAPS (Restate, Answer, Prove, Sum it Up), and RACE (Restate, Answer, Cite, Edit) which I really like for older students. Whichever acronym you prefer, I've created posters to help you reference it in your classroom. The PQA one is at the top of the post. Just click on any of the images below to go download the set from my TpT store for free.
Once the school year is started, and we've practiced PQA together, I'll often throw practice in as independent practice during the day and as homework. Most often it's tied to what we're currently studying, but I also put in stand alone practice to help the kids get used to doing a passage and answering questions in one session.
For my students, we start out the year using this set. It's an older product of mine, but I gave it a bit of a facelift.
The passages and questions all fit onto one page- to help keep it visually appealing for the kids. I like it because it gives them practice on the skill without making them feel frustrated.
There are 4 free pages in the Preview file. This lets you get a feel for the set and try them out with your kids.
This summer, I also decided to make an easier set (which is why the previous one is now called Step 2). This set is all half pages. It's perfect for the beginning of the year in 2nd grade, and the end of the year in 1st. The texts are very simple so you're really able to focus on the skill, even with the most struggling of students.
How do you work on this skill with your students?