1st Grade - Asking Clarifying Questions

Listening and Speaking
Asking clarifying questions
Ask questions for clarification and understanding.
The student will be able to ask appropriate questions, relating to the topic, if they do not understand the concept presented. They will also ask questions, to not only further their understanding, but also to clarify what has been presented.

Sample Problems


Who are the characters in the story?


What are they doing?


Why does this happen?


How do I solve this?


Where do I begin?

Learning Tips


Problem Solving Situations: Anytime your child encounters a problem solving situation (whether on paper or in real life) this is a wonderful opportunity for them to practice working on this skill. When your child comes upon a situation such as this, discuss it with them. Ask them how they can solve the problem. Ask them to define what the problem is and how it occurred. Encouraging the use of the following vocabulary words will also assist (who, what, where, when, why, and how).


Clarification Time: Any time you and your child share a new piece of literature, offers a wonderful opportunity to practice this skill. Encourage them to ask questions and seek the answers. Also be sure to discuss any information (such a settings or activities) that they may not be familiar with, so that they are clear about what is happening in the story and where it is taking place.


Question Cards: For this activity, you will need blank index cards, a hole puncher, a large metal ring, and a marker. Assist you child in making “question cards.” These cards should serve the purpose of assisting your child in asking questions for either clarification or to further their understanding. These cards can be used any time they wish to seek more information on a subject, situation, or a piece of literature.


Graphic Organizers: Often time graphic organizers can be used to assist children in organizing their thoughts and make sure they are not forgetting vital information. See the website below for graphic organizers.





Question Game: For this activity, you will need to provide your child with a list of possible “question words,” such as who, what, where, when, why, and how. On blank index cards write out simple problems that can be solved by obtaining more information (asking questions). An example card may be: Sarah lost her library book. What should she do? Your child would use their question list and ask some of the following questions: When did she realize it was lost? Where did she last see her book? What was she doing when she had her book? Was anyone with her? Has she looked for her book? Where did she look for it? By asking questions, such as the above listed, the student will be able to gain knowledge and assist in solving the problem.

Extra Help Problems


Look at the picture below. Answer the following questions about the picture.

Where is it?


Do you recognize this place?


Describe what you see.


Who is in the picture?


What are they doing?


Think about the story "The Three Bears." Answer the questions below.

Where are the 3 bears going?


Who goes into their house?


What happens inside of their house?


Why is baby bear mad?


What happens at the end of the story?


Look at the picture below. Answer the following questions about the picture.

Where was this picture taken?


What are the people in the picture doing?


Have you ever been to a place like this?


If so, what did you do there? If not, what would you like to do there?


Why are these people doing this activity?


Pick a picture from your Science book. Look at the picture and answer the following questions about it.

What do you see in this picture?


What is happening?


Describe what you see.


Do you know what is in this picture?


After look at this picture, what question would you like to ask about it?


Pick out a picture from your Social Studies book. Look at the picture and answer the follow questions about it.

Where does this picture take place?


Who or what is in this picture?


Are there any activities taking place? If so, what are they are who is doing them?


What do you know about what is happening in this picture?


What would you like to learn about this picture?


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