1st Grade - Answering Who, What, Where, When, Why And How Questions

 
     
 
     
 
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Answering who, what, where, when, why and how questions
Retell stories using basic story grammar and relating the sequence of story events by answering who, what, where, why, and how questions.
The student will be able to retell stories using basic story vocabulary such as setting, problem, and characters. They will be able to share the sequence of events in a story by answering who, what, where, why, and how questions.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

Where does the story take place?

(2)

What happens in the story?

(3)

Who are the characters in the story?

(4)

What is the problem in the story?

(5)

How is the problem in the story solved?

Learning Tips

(1)

Story Vocabulary Concentration: For this activity you will need to use blank index cards and markers. On the index cards, you will need to make pairs of vocabulary words. Some of these words should include character, setting, plot, problem, and resolution. You will also want to include words that can be identified with these key vocabulary words. For example, you can use the name "Little Red Riding Hood." It would easily be identified as a character. You can also make cards naming specific settings (mountains, jungle, beach, desert, etc.) Two cards for each word will need to be made. The cards will need to be mixed up and placed upside down on the table. Each player will take turns flipping over two cards per turn. If the cards match, the player will then need to identify what is written on the pair of cards. For example, if a player found the pair of cards that said "Goldilocks." the player would then need to state that this pair identifies a character and that a character is a person or animal in a story. Once the pair has been properly identified, the player then gets to keep that pair. The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins!

(2)

Story Pictionary: The game will require a minimum of four players; you will play in teams of two players. For this activity, you will need to make topic cards for the following vocabulary words: characters, setting, problem, solution, who, what, where, why, and how. In the corner of each topic card you will need to write the title of a familiar story such as; The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, or The Gingerbread Man. Mix up the cards and have one player from each team pick a card. They will need to draw a picture that represents the vocabulary word and the designated story. The other member of the team will need to attempt to guess what their teammate is drawing. No words may be used (written or spoken). The team that guesses correctly, first, earns a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

(3)

Sequence Completion: For this activity you can use sequence cards, purchased from a local educational supply store. Have your child sequence the cards in appropriate order; however, you will need to leave the last card out. After the sequencing is complete with the cards they have, ask them to draw what will happen to complete the sequence. When they have finished their drawing, compare their picture to the actual sequencing card and discuss similarities and differences (if any).

(4)

Story reporter: For this activity you will need to write the title of several stories that are familiar to your child, on index cards. Mix up the cards and have your child pick one. Once they have picked their card, they will then need to become a "reporter" and tell what happens in that story. They will need to include the vocabulary words, characters, setting, plot, solution. They will also need to answer the questions who, what, where, why, and how things occur in the story.

(5)

Divine Drawings: For this activity, you and your child will need to read a story together. Next, have several pieces of paper available for your child, along with markers, pencils, or crayons. On the top of each paper, have them labeled as follows; character, plot, setting, solution, who , what, where, why, and how. Ask your child to draw a picture that corresponds to the vocabulary word on the top of the paper, as it relates to the story that you shared together. Have them use these pictures to retell the story to you.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Who are the characters in the story?

(2)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Where does this story take place?

(3)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Write 3 sentences to describe what happens in this story.

(4)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Explain why the other fish do not want to be friends with Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the story.

(5)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." How is the problem solved in the story?

(6)

Listen to the story "Rainbow Fish." Look at the pictures below. Cut out the pictures and glue them in order to show what happens in sequence.

(7)

Listen to the story "The Three Bears." Who are the characters in the story?

(8)

Listen to the story "The Three Bears." Where does this story take place?

(9)

Listen to the story "The Three Bears." Write 3 sentences to describe what happens in this story.

(10)

Listen to the story "The Three Bears." Explain what the problem is in this story.

(11)

Listen to the story "The Three Bears." Look at the pictures below. Place the pictures in the correct order, by writing the corresponding number below each picture (1 under first picture, 2 under second picture, etc.)

(12)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." Who are the characters in the story?

(13)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." Where does this story take place? Draw a picture of the setting.

(14)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." Write 3 sentences to describe what happens in this story.

(15)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." Explain what the problem is in the story.

(16)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." How is the problem solved in this story?

(17)

Listen to the story "The Three Little Pigs." In the three boxes below, draw three scenes from this story, in sequential order.

(18)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Who are the characters in the story?

(19)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Where does this story take place?

(20)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Write 3 sentences to describe what happens in this story.

(21)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Explain what the problem is in this story.

(22)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Color and cut out the pictures below. Glue them in the correct sequential order to show what happens in the story.

(23)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." How is the problem solved in the story?

(24)

Listen to the story "The Gingerbread Man." Retell this story to a grown up.

(25)

Read your favorite story and retell it to an adult.

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