We are learning to develop our critical thinking skills

This means to improve our thinking.

Success Criteria :

*I add detail when I answer questions about texts

*In the past I used keywords when answering questions, now I use full sentences and paragraphs

See my self-assessment targets on my Bloom’s levels of thinking

My comment:

When we were just learning to I kept rushing. But now I don't because now I know how to question properly!

Kelly’s comment:

I have seen a massive jump in your reading and comprehension this term Kate!!!! I think it has been a really great challenge for you this term to answer a range of questions about text with a lot more thinking required. We will continue to use the Bloom’s questions to help you improve your thinking. Next you can write the questions for the texts you read!

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Questions starters and prompts at each level of thinking:


  • What is...
  • Where is…
  • When did…
  • Who were the main characters?    
  • List 3…
  • Write true or false


  • In your own words…
  • Tell the main idea…              
  • What is meant by…
  • Describe…
  • What facts or ideas show…  
  • Which is the best answer..


  • Tell me another time when…
  • What could you ask about…
  • What instructions could you give to…
  • Show how…
  • What examples can you find to…
  • What questions would you ask in an interview with...


  • how is … related to …
  • Why do you think…
  • What is the theme..
  • Can you list parts that show…
  • What evidence can you find…
  • What is the relationship between…
  • Distinguish between…
  • What conclusion can you draw..
  • Explain similarities between...
  • Separate fact from opinion
  • Arrange the least to most important        


  • How effective is…
  • What is your opinion of..
  • Based on what you know, how would you explain..
  • What was it better that..
  • Convince another reader..
  • How would you feel if…
  • How would you have handled..
  • How could think the story help you in your own life...


  • Create a new character for the story
  • Invent a different way to…
  • What if…    Imagine that …
  • What ideas can you add to..
  • How would you design a new ..
  • What might happen if you combined..
  • Rearrange the…
  • Can you suggest an alternative..
  • Find other ways to…
  • Design a better...

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 3-11


1. In your own words, explain where Alfie lives and how it changes due to the weather/seasons.

Answer: she live in mrs.silver balcony in a house with hay inside for winnter and comes out in summer.


2. What is meant by “whispering endearments to him” on page 7?

Answer: It means that Mrs Silver was whispering sweet, lovey dovey things to Alfie.

He could also could be jealous of Alfie because mrs silver gives him kisses mr hoppy might want his own jealous


3. What instructions could you give to someone wanting to buy a tortoise?

Answer: if  you want to buy a tortoise keep it the size it .


4. Describe the reasons why Mr Hoppy is jealous of Alfie

Answer: because Alfie gets all the kisses and me hoppy dosen't.


5. What questions would you ask in an interview with Alfie?

Answer: Alfie do you wear clothes?what do you eat for b,d'?can you talk?


6. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is in love with Mrs Silver?

Answer: because they live really close together and in the same building

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 12-21


7. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is moving all his furniture?

Answer: because mrs silver siad she would be his slave for life. And she is moving in


8. How would you feel if someone told you these magic words made your pet grow bigger?

Answer: my mind would blow up and I would fant. If it was from a stranger I wouldn't but if it was my friend I still wouldn't.  


9. How would you design a different chant for Mrs Silver to say to Alfie?

Answer: grow my lovely grow if you don't I will make tortoise tortoise grow bigger and bigger please.


10. Describe why Mrs Silver wants Alfie to grow bigger.

Answer: because she saw pitchers of a large tortoises from mr hoppy.


11. Could you find other ways for Mr Hoppy to pass the note down to Mrs Silver? What are they?

Answer: dropping it off the balcony. Sending it down in a airplane. banging jumping off his balcony. Put it at his door step. Lower it down in a rope. Blowing down like a kiss.


12. What could you ask about Mr Hoppy’s trip to North America?

Answer: what animals did you see.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 22-31


13. Tell the main idea of these pages in one sentence

Answer: he bright 140 tortoises He also swooped one with of the tortoises with his tortoise cacher.


14. Tell me another time when you might have tricked someone?

Answer: last year I say I,m telling on you because you farted in the garden and you didn't say pardon. Sophie thought I broke my key board.


15. Can you list parts that show how Mr Hoppy is making sure the tortoise looks the same as Alfie?

Answer: spots dark shell 2 ounces bigger


16. What facts or ideas show that Mr Hoppy would be very clever at inventing  a tool to move the tortoises?

Answer: he was a mechanic we now he is clever because he came up with a great plan. He had to now special facts about a alife


17. What instructions would you give to someone making this tortoise moving tool?

Answer: make sure there is Wyler at the end a pole in the middle and two grabber hands/Clare's.


18. What are the relationships between Alfie and the tortoises at Mr Hoppys house? And then what differences could there be?

Answer: they all come from the same pet shop.they are both are tortoises.

The differences are: they all way different sizes. the other tortoises don't have names.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 32-41


19. How effective is the tortoise swapping?

Answer: very effective because even though it is getting bigger mrs silver Hasn't noticed  anything but she thinks it a bit bigger. Absolutely he is doing a great job of tricking her.


20. What examples can you give to explain the difference of weights in the tortoises?

Answer: each week Mr Hoppy swapped the tortoise for one exactly 2 ounces bigger. Alfie started at 13 ounces and by week eight it was 27 ounces


21.Why do you think mr hoppy wants the growing to happen so slowly?

Answer: so then mrs silver won't notice what's going on with the tortoise swapping at all.


22. Can you suggest an alternative to get Mrs Silver interested in Mr Hoppy without him needing to play this trick on her?

Answer: he could take her out on a date, take her out on a high tea for lunch.


23. On page 40 it says, “Mrs Silver’s pet had more than doubled in size and the good lady hadn’t noticed a thing.” What does it mean by “the good lady”?

Answer: nice person and does not suspect anything is going on or anything bad is going to happen


24. What is your opinion of Mr Hoppy’s sneaky plan?

Answer: very very very funny way to get a lady to like him. Also i think he should just tell her the truth.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 42-56


25. What does it mean by “I mustn't bish it” on page 51?

Answer: must not get it wrong


26. Was it better for Mrs Silver that Mr Hoppy tricked her into thinking Alfie grew? Why do you think that?

Answer: yes because she did not realise and was so excited that Alfie grew.


27. What if Mrs Silver found out that Mr Hoppy had tricked her, how would that change the ending?

Answer: she would be mad and not marry him because he did the wrong thing and lied to her. She might put him in jail.


28. Design a bigger house for the new big Alfie so that Mr Hoppy doesn’t have to switch the tortoises again. You could draw a picture, screenshot it and then insert it in here.



29. Convince another reader into reading this book, how could you do this?

Answer: a tale of trickery, love and tortoise

You must read this book because...it has interesting facts about tortoises and maths in it as well. If you have no I dear what a trotoises is you better read this book.


30. If you were Mrs Silver, how would you have handled the situation, would you have married Mr Hoppy for all his hard work or thanked him in a different way?

Answer: no I would bake him a cake and give him a cuddle to it is his birthday.

Swimming for Gold

Chapter 1


On page 1 Esther signed. Describe why Esther signed, connecting with her feelings.

Easter signed because her coach said she can have rest and she must tired


Clarify the meaning of what Sam said “I’m not threatening your independence”

threatening  independence means when someone's wants to help someone but they don't want you to.


What did Sam compare himself to and what does this mean for his actions?

he compared himself to a oga.


How would you feel if you were in a wheel chair?

I would feel great being in a wheelchair because the person that would be pushing you would be your slave.

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

Understanding author's purpose

1.For what purpose did the author write many rhetorical questions?

to get you thinking and to be open minded. Yes, rhetorical questions help us think for ourselves to get a good understanding. 

Understanding author's purpose

2. List all the verbs used in paragraph 1. Then explain the different impact the paragraph would have on the reader if there were none of these descriptive verbs.

flashing, shuddered, jerked, gasped, pulled, staggered, picked, rising, falling, dice, twisted, dropped.

The impact to the reader would be a very boring description of what was an exciting event.

Understanding author's purpose

3. Give an example of each sentence type found in chapter 1. Simple, compound and complex.

Simple - tando didn't answer

Compound - he stared at the screen again and and saw flashes of land.

Complex - "using the long, curved nail on his smallest finger, Raki tapped two pads on the armrest"


4. Explain what this sentence tells the reader ‘Raki felt small beads of sweat break out on his lips’

It tells us that maybe he felt nervous or anxious, as sweat breaking out can come from these feelings


5. Give definitions for 4 words that might need clarifying

Meteor - flying hunk of space rock

Navigation - how we get somewhere what route to take

Quadrant - area that has been set out or mapped

Skimming - going over the top of something

Where are your own questions written for chapter 2? You have done some great thinking above Kate.

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 7- Teacher Questions                       CHAPTER 8- Teacher Questions        


1. Think deeply about this sentence from on page 59 ’Weak light leaked out of the cracks’. How has the author done a great job of describing the light?

the author  didn't just say light was shining out he said weak light because there wasn't that's much light leaking out. Leaking shows is not that much light.


2. Create a diagram to show your understanding of the process explained on page 59


3. Reread carefully, focusing on how Raki feels. List and explain the range of feelings he has in this chapter.

raki said no way. I'm not going in there. Raki felt something grab hold of his arms. Since raki went on the mission alone he had to take a big responsibility.  

Kate, can you please talk to either Eva or Akshay about this question. See if you can deepen your understanding by discussing with them what they thought.


Without reading ahead, write a paragraph of what might happen next

 He might fall down a hole where the crescent is keppt.

He also might get stuck inside the incubator and turn into a egg.

Maybe he goes through the wrong hatchway and get lost.

Maybe he Might Find what is inside the egg .

He might go back to tando without the Crescent.

I bet you can’t wait to read on now!


5. List words that might need clarifying






Buddy and Teacher Assessment


The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 9- Teacher Questions              Due Monday 24th August          


1. On page 76  Raki rolling in the sticky substance and moving his body around and around. Explain why Raki did such things?

so he could fit through hole and get the crescent. He was sticky so he could was slippery.   He was rolling in the stinky substance so he was thin Enough to get through the hole and prise the crescent lose.


2. Record possible dialogue which could have come from Raki during the events in page 76 and 77.

"why can't the hole just be bigger so I don't have to roll around in sticky substance and become thinner".     " why can't I just take the crescent and not have to prise it loose "


3. Clarify the word ‘prise’ 78

Now explain what it means in this text

prise means to get out. He was trying to get the crescent out because it was stuck. The word prise means to let it loose so it's not stuck on it statue anymore it also means it's not in one place it can be everywhere


4. Separate true and false, explaining each statement

  1. A knife sliced across Raki’s fingers.
  2. He felt his knuckles stretch.
  3. Raki cried silently.
  4. The pool had a strobe in it.
  5. The tsunami knocked him out.
  6. The monitor gave them direction.

1 false - the book said something that felt like a hot knife sliced across his fingers

2 true - his fingers were being pulled deeper into holes

3 false - the book said he cried but Blugato roared so you may not have heard the cry

4 true - the intense light from the pool was beating like a strive

5 true - the tsunami of nectar knocked him out

6 false - no direction came from the monitor


5. How could you relate this story to your own life?

the book is about dealing with unexpected situations and coping with this. At school, when we were doing wearable arts, I did not expect that we were going to have to make an under garment, by amending my plans I have dealt with this

Kate’s Questions: Chapter 8:

I love that you have used the question key for one of your questions.

 It is great to see you have an understanding of the different range of questions we can ask and answer now. Ka Pai Kate!