Since the beginning of the year, students have been learning about the prompts of depth and complexity. Teachers tie the prompts in the questions they ask and by asking the students to analyze information. After the students become familiar with these prompts, we teach the students the purpose of having the prompts and how to apply them. Our goal is to have the children be able to use these prompts to develop their own questions that are analytical and evaluative versus factual questions. We start by defining prompts as a catalyst to excite thinking, a stimulus to arouse curiosity, and a springboard to spark or ignite an idea, or as a means to give directions. Students are asked to think about real world examples of prompts they see at school, at home, and at the mall. Here are some of examples our students came up with.
- The school bells prompt us to line up.
- The fire alarm prompts us to evacuate the classroom.
- Writing prompts tell us what to write.
- Teachers have their own signal to call the class to attention.
At the Mall
- Red signs that say SALE.
- Colorful window displays attract customers.
- Mannequins and clothing displays attract customers.
- Universal symbols for restrooms, elevators, and escalators give directions.
- The fire alarm at home gives you a warning.
- Signs you find on food boxes like cereal give you information.
- Parents call you by your first and last name and give you directions to go immediately.
- Instructions inside games give you directions.
Teachers bring examples of several prompts to share with the class and the students are encouraged to also bring in examples of prompts to share with the class. We compare and contrast the different examples of the prompts and we determine whether the prompt was designed to give directions, spark curiosity, or make us think. This lesson continues with the application of the prompt.
- Use the word prompt when talking with your child. This reinforces what is being taught in the classroom.
- Note the different prompts around us and have a discussion if your child shows interest.
- There are many prompts that spark curiosity. Take note of those moments with your child and investigate prompts together.
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