Fostering Conversations About Books: Grades 3-5

If your child is reading fiction, ask…

  • What are the most important events so far? Why are they important to the story?
  • Who are the main characters? How would you describe them? What evidence helps you to know what these characters are like?
  • Does the author use interesting language or elements of surprise or suspense to keep you interested?
  • What is the message that the author is trying to give the reader? How do you know?
  • What does the story remind you of?

If your child is reading non-fiction, ask…

  • What are the most important facts presented in this book? Why are they important to the topic of the book?
  • What is the message that the author is trying to give the reader? How do you know?
  • What is your opinion of the author’s message? Do you agree or disagree? Say more about that.
  • Show any special features, like photographs or diagrams, that you noticed? Talk about how they help you understand the book.
  • What are some interesting words the author uses? What do these words help you understand?