So many of our students have been trained to respond to yes-no questions, as well as open-ended questions based on orally-presented or written material. However, vast numbers of our students experience difficulty in formulating questions using appropriate question syntax. This activity was designed to enable students to either listen to, or read, brief paragraphs on 8 diverse (and kid-fun) topics. This has been trialed with students between grades 3-12; students within general education classes, as well as students receiving special education supports.
Following the reading of each topic, students are presented with direct question prompts (that is, question starter words or phrases). On each following page, the questions are less prompted with at least 5 open-ended question starters and 1 yes-no question prompt. There is even a space for students to come up with their own question words . Students should be encouraged to develop their own questions for which they can conduct their own research!
This program can be printed, or even presented on an interactive whiteboard for large group participation.