What have we been working on in the primary intensive support classroom?

Answering WHAT questions!

Many kids with receptive language deficits have difficulty answering wh-questions: questions starting with what, who, where, when, and why. My students usually understand question/answer format, but they have difficulty listening to the specific question, and understanding what kind of answer they need to give. So, we work on each question type individually. We have spent the past two weeks working on answering questions starting with ‘what.’

WHAT questions are asking about things, or things that happen.

What’s Under My Bed? By James Stevenson

What’s Under My Bed? By James Stevenson

This is a book I remember from my childhood. Two kids are visiting their grandpa, and they get scared by a scary story and run to their grandpa for comfort. Grandpa tells them of the time he was visiting his grandparents, and all of the things he [thought] he saw under his bed! The book is full of opportunities to ask and answer ‘what’ questions. What was under his bed? What did he think was under his bed? What did he do when he was scared? What did his grandparents do to make him feel better?

After reading the book, we did a coloring page where the students had to think of one thing that was scary, and one thing that was not scary. Then, they decided which thing they wanted to imagine under their bed.

CLICK HERE for the directions. CLICK HERE for the activity page.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback

This delightful book has a song that goes with it! The story is about a man who has an overcoat that gets worn out. When it has too many holes to use, he makes a jacket out of it. Then when the jacket gets too many holes, he makes a vest. He goes through a whole series of smaller and smaller items, until he is left with nothing.

WHAT questions for this book focused on the items. What did Joseph make first? What did he make after that? What did he make third?

Our activity page had pictures of all of the items from the book, and the kids had to sort them into the correct order. It was nice for the group leaders, because we only had to remember one question: What did Joseph make next?

CLICK HERE for the directions. CLICK HERE for the activity page.


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