Activities for students to help ask and answer

A critical skill in maintaining conversations is answering questions and asking related questions.  This article includes games and activities for teaching children to ask and answer Wh- questions, stay on topic during conversations, and ask relevant questions. The four games that are icluded are bingo, toss, show-and-tell, and obstacle course conversation.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5
With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4
Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.10
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.2
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.8
With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.5
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.3
Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.3
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5
With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.6
With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.7
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.8
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
GLE 0001.1.1
Demonstrate an emerging understanding of basic English usage, mechanics, spelling, and sentence structure.
GLE 0001.2.1
Develop critical listening skills essential for comprehension, problem solving, and task completion.
GLE 0001.2.2
Develop critical speaking skills essential for effective communication.
GLE 0001.8.2
Employ a variety of basic reading comprehension strategies.
GLE 0001.8.3
Develop reading fluency and accuracy.
TSS.ELA.K.FL.F.5
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
TSS.ELA.K.RI.IKI.8
With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author provides to support points in a text.
TSS.ELA.K.RI.KID.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
TSS.ELA.K.RI.RRTC.10
With prompting and support, read informational texts of appropriate complexity for Kindergarten.
TSS.ELA.K.RL.KID.1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
TSS.ELA.K.RL.RRTC.10
With prompting and support, read stories and poems of appropriate complexity for Kindergarten.
TSS.ELA.K.SL.CC.1
Participate with varied peers and adults in collaborative conversations in small or large groups about appropriate Kindergarten topics.
TSS.ELA.K.SL.CC.2
Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and...
TSS.ELA.K.SL.CC.3
Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
TSS.ELA.K.W.PDW.5
With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from others and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
TSS.ELA.K.W.RBPK.7
Participate in shared research and writing projects, such as reading a number of books by a favorite author and expressing opinions about them.
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

Helpful Hints

Example cards and questions include: 

  • Who: Include pictures or names of people in the classroom or famous people children recognize. Have questions for the game like, ‘Who is wearing a yellow shirt today?’ 
  • Where: Include words or pictures of familiar places such as the cafeteria, playground, or community location. Have questions for the game like, ‘Where do we eat lunch?’ 
  • Why: Include answers to common questions such as, ‘Why do only adults use a stove?’ and show a picture representing a hot stove or the word ‘hot’. 
  • When: Include drawings of clocks, the time of day, or an event. Questions include things like, ‘When do you go to bed?’ or ‘When do you trick-or-treat?’ 
  • What: Include nouns such as a hat and questions like, ‘What do you wear on your head?’

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