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Skill 3: Brainstorm questions to guide your research.

You have activated your prior knowledge, made connections, and built background knowledge about your research topic. Now it is time for you to think of some questions that will help guide you to the find the information you need. You can use brainstorming to help you ask different types of questions. If you have already started a KWL chart, you can add your research questions to the What I Want to Know (W) section now.

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Q and H questions

Review thin and thick questions and the question words used to ask different types of questions.

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  Question 5 W questions for 5 W Watch this video to learn about 'W' questions, and why it is important to listen to others when they answer your questions.
  question video Questions Video Watch this video to learn more about the questioning skill.
  multiple choice questions Use this activity to test your knowledge of when to use different question words. You will look at the answer to ask the right question.

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  question Use this activity to practice asking different types of questions. You will think of three questions about a picture. Ask a classmate or your teacher to review your work.

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  brainstorm prezi brainstorm prezi This is a Prezi that informs you about brainstorming and how to do it.
k-2 tools If you started a KWL chart earlier in the research process, you can write your research questions in the What I Want to Know (W) section now.
brainstorm k-2 Use this What Do You Think? tool to brainstorm your thoughts and feelings on the topic and then create an "I wonder" question.

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  question generator Use this question generator to jump-start your thinking, or when you cannot think of any more questions.
2-4 skills 5 w and 1 h visual questions This visual resource organizes thin and thick questions using the 5 Ws and How.

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  thin and thick prezi thin and thick prezi This Prezi explains the difference between thin and thick questions.
  thin and thick question Use this resource to help you understand the difference between thin and thick questions.

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  questions come up with by looking picture

Use this activity to practice asking different types of questions. You will think of three questions about a picture. Ask a classmate or your teacher to review your work.

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  brainstorm prezi brainstorm prezi This is a Prezi that informs you about brainstorming and how to do it.
  brainstorm tips and tricks There will be times where you are doing research as a team a group of classmates. Here are some tips to remember when brainstorming with others.
24 tools If you started a KWL chart earlier in the research process, you can write your research questions in the What I Want to Know (W) section now.
Dot Dash You can use Pinball Dotdash to brainstorm questions and ideas. Be sure to save or print your Brainstorm when you have finished.
  bubbl.us Bubbl.us is a concept mapping tool for creating a mind map with words and images.
  poplet Popplet allows you to combine your brainstorm and concept mapping into one document.
  thin and thick questions Check your questions to see how many thin and thick questions you have created. Remember you need enough of both types of questions to get the best information about your topic.

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  Drop Zone Use this Web-based tool to sort the thin and thick questions you have brainstormed. Remember, you need enough of both types of questions to get the best information about your topic.
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Go to the next skill for the Get Ready step: Identify keywords and make a research plan
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If you want students to work in a Wixie template, you will need to assign the template to the students. To access Wixie, you need to go to BCPSOne and log in, then click on a class. Wixie will then appear in the left sidebar. Some examples of templates that are appropriate for this step could be found using the following keywords: five senses, inquiry, and Anticipation Guide. The Office of Digital Learning (ODL) offers this tutorial for Wixie.
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