Lesson: Organizing Information: USING FACTS, QUESTIONS, RESPONSE

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use FQR sheets to organize and understand information.

Lesson Plan



State Standard:

5.IT-E.1. Identify the author’s purpose and summarize the critical details of expository text, maintaining chronological or logical order.



Students will be able to use FQR sheets to organize and understand information.


Do Now

What is a fact? What is a response?



Discuss Do Now


Direct Instruction

T: Readers, today we are going to learn a note taking strategy that will help us learn and remember important information from non-fiction text. We will write down facts, questions and responses while reading. 


This is a 3 column note chart called FQR. Explain each column of the FQR. The FQR helps us keep track of our thinking and synthesize new information.

F- facts as directly stated in text

Q-Questions we have while reading/I Wonders

R-Responses to author’s purpose, connections, new learning, inferences, visualizations


Model your use of your FQR strategy while reading an article from National Geographic Kid. Emphasize during model that you are not just writing down any facts! You are writing facts that a reader needs to note. Important facts.

ex. Turtle Travels: http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/1004/articles/mainarticle.html


You can also use a text such as Martins Big Words.


Guided Practice

Continue to model with text. Have students turn and talk.  Allow children to add to FQR sheet.

Reflect on questions and responses.

Independent Practice

Choose several national geographic articles based on kids reading level and interest. Allow them to use FQR.






Discuss purpose of FQR & how it supports comprehensions.



Students FQR & Independent observations.



Lesson Resources

Turtle Travel
FQR Graphic Organizer  


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