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Concept Checking Questions (CCQ’s)

 

Using CCQ’s

Concept checking questions (CCQ’s) should be used instead of the generic:

·       "Did you understand that?”

·       “Are you all ok with that?" 

Because many learners will usually always reply, “Yes,” even if they have no idea what you are talking about!

 

Please note that these are usually oral questions for use in class or maybe you can link them into homework to ensure that learners have a grasp of each new element you teach them.

CCQ’s for Adjectives

Show learners realia or use exercises in workbook and the Learner web app to ensure they are aware, not only, how to spell blended and given adjectives but also how to recognise and use them properly in sentences and question sentences.

·       Which word is the adjective in this sentence/question sentence?

·       My car is blue.

·       Which word is the adjective describing in this sentence / question sentence/?

·       My car is blue?

·       The car.

·       Which of these is not an adjective?

·       new, table, green.

CCQ’s for the Alphabet

Always ensure that your learners have their copy of the alphabet Resource [2-3-1] or that the alphabet is on the screen or available somewhere in class for them to view.

·       Which letters begin and end the alphabet?                        a and z

·       Which letter comes after ‘w’ in the alphabet?                   x

·       Which letter comes before ‘s’ in the alphabet?                  r

·       How many letters are there in the alphabet?                      26

·       How many vowels are there in the alphabet?                   5 (a, e, i. o, u)

CCQ’s for Alphabetical Order

Always ensure that your learners have their copy of the alphabet Resource [2-3-1] or that the alphabet is on the screen or available somewhere in class for them to view.

·       Is it the first or last letter we use to work out where a word should be in an alphabetical list? First

·       These two names:’ Pam and Stan are in alphabetical order. Tell me why they are in this order.

·       ‘p’ comes before ‘s’ in the alphabet.

·       These three words: ball, book, drop, are in alphabetical order. Tell me why.

·       Firstly, ‘b’ comes before ‘d’ in the alphabet

CCQ’s for Blending

·       Which sound would you blend with /t/ to spell the word ‘at’? /a/

·       Which of these sounds is at the beginning of the word ‘pen? /p/

·       /t/ /p/ /s/ 

CCQ’s for Breaking Down

How many sounds are in the word ’she’? 2

What are they? /sh/ /ee/

Which is the final sound in the word ‘mat’? /t/

CCQ’s for Consonants

·       What are the consonants in /m/ /a/ /t/ /s/ /p/ /i/ /n/?  m, t, s, p, n.

·       How many consonants are in these words?

·       Mat, tin, bake, stamp.

·       2 – ‘m’ ‘t’    2 – ‘t’ ‘n’    2 – ‘b’ ‘k’   4 – ‘s’ ‘t’ ‘m’ ‘p’

·       Please feel free to include your own words here that would be more suitable to your learners and their classroom environment.

CCQ’s for Nouns.

 A noun can be a person, place, thing or an idea. NB – an idea/abstract noun is something you cannot see or touch.

·       Look around the class or room and give me some examples of nouns.

·       woman, man, teacher, college, classroom, phone, pen, bag, joy, love, fear ….

·       Please feel free to include your own words here that would be more suitable to your learners and their classroom environment.

CCQ’s for Proper Nouns.

·       Complete this for me

o   A proper noun always begins with a …………. Capital letter
Look around the class or room and give me some examples of Proper Nouns. Fellow students’ names.

·       Look at this map and give me some examples of Proper Nouns. Cities: Paris, Edinburgh, Berlin … Countries: Scotland, America, England ….

·       Please feel free to include your own words here that would be more suitable to your learners and their classroom environment.

CCQ’s for Punctuation

·       Why do we need to include punctuation= in our writing? It helps the reader understand what we have written.

·       What do we need to add at the end of a sentence? Full stop.

·       What do we need to add at the end of a question sentence? Question mark.

·       What do we need to insert between items in a list? Commas.

CCQ’s for Split Digraphs

·       How many sounds are there in a split digraph? 1

·       Which of the split digraphs: /a-e/, /e-e/, /i-e/, /o-e/, /u-e/ can you hear (or read) in these words?

tame

dispute

compete

face

theme

phone

cute

line

cone,

time

/a-e/

 

/u-e/

/e-e/

/a-e/,

 

/e-e/

/o-e/,

/u-e/

/i-e/

/o-e/,

/i-e/

Please stress the split digraph sound if you think some of your learners need a bit more support than others. Please feel free to include your own words here that would be more suitable to your learners and their classroom environment.

CCQ’s for Verbs.

Sentences.

·       Complete this sentence using part of the verb To Be,’ I __ in the class.’ am

·       Complete this sentence using part of the verb To Keep,’ She _____ her jacket in the cupboard.’ keeps

·       Complete this sentence using part of the verb To Go,’ He ____ to see his mum when he can.’ goes

·       Which letter is added to the end of the verb parts for her and him in these verbs?

·       to keep, to sit, to talk, to walk… I sit, you sit, she _____, he ______. s

Question sentences

·       Which verb helps other verbs out in question sentences? It is called an auxiliary verb.

·       Example – To change this sentence into a question sentence: She goes to college every Wednesday.

o   Does she go to the college every Wednesday? Using the auxiliary verb ‘Does’ which is part of the verb ‘To Do’.

·       Ask your learners to change more sentences into question sentences to make sure they are aware of this.

Examples:

·       He goes to the shops every Saturday afternoon.

o   Does he go to the shops every Saturday afternoon?

·       Pam and Pat go to the park by bus.

o   Do Pam and Pat go to the park by bus?

·       Anna listens to music every evening.

o   Does Anna listen to music every evening?

CCQ’s for Vowel Sounds

·       Are our mouths usually more open when we say a vowel than when we say a consonant when we say a vowel sound? Open

o   Try it before you answer! J

·       What are the vowel sounds in /m/ /a/ /t/ /s/ /p/ /i/ /n/? /a/ & /i/

Encouraging Learners’ questions

I always try to remember to encourage my learners to ask questions, for themselves obviously, but also for their fellow, less confident learners who they will be helping out when they are confident enough to ask a question. In many situations, personal and professional. I have sensed relief when one person asks a question that a number of people had been struggling with, but no one had the confidence to put their head over the parapet!