WRITING THICK AND THIN QUESTIONS

Becoming a great researcher involves writing and answering great questions. There are two kinds of questions, Thick and Thin, that help you uncover quality information:

Thin Questions can be answered fairly simply. A Yes, No, a date, a location.
  • What is the capital of Texas? Austin
  • When was Dr. Suess born? March 4, 1904

Thick Questions require an explanation or lengthier response.
  • Why did...?
  • How do ...?
  • What if...?


KICK START THE BRAINS WITH CURIOSITY QUESTIONS:
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ACTIVITY: THICK AND THIN QUESTIONS ON MIGRATION
1. Think about what you know about migration. Write down some things you know (when it happens, why it happens, what creatures do it).

2. View the following video on hermit crab migration. While it is playing, write down the questions that are racing through your head.


Hermit Crab Migration

3. With a partner, use your lists to create a T-Chart that organizes Thin Questions on one side and Thick Questions on the other. Thin Questions | Thick Questions

Cool Notesfrom research:
For Fun: Ever wonder how a hermit crab finds a new shell as it grows?