4th Grade - Asking And Responding To Questions

Speaking and Listening
Asking and responding to questions
Ask thoughtful questions and respond to relevant questions with appropriate elaboration in oral settings.
The ability to ask and answer questions in a dialogue, presentation, or other oral communication with elaboration and thought.

Sample Problems


How do you pose a question? (solidify, or single out, the main topic or idea and create a question including it in the sentence)


How do you frame a central question? (solidify, or single out, the main topic or idea and create a question including it in the sentence)


What does thoughtful mean? (full of thought; considerate, king, helpful, etc.)


What does relevant mean? (applicable, appropriate, related, etc.)


What is elaboration? (addition of details, explanation, etc.)

Learning Tips


Ask questions and get answers about things in your world/life! Go the extra step to find out the reason behind why and how things (including people) operate. Ask questions beginning with question stems (who, what, when, where, why, and how – 5 Ws and H) such as:

  • Where are you from?

  • What do(es) you/this do everyday?

  • Who taught/made you to do this?

  • Why do(es) you/this operate in this way?

  • How long has it been like this?

  • When do you think things will change?

  • etc.


Practice answering common everyday questions with mini-speeches. For example, when answering, “How was school today?” have fun responding with elaborate facts and details about the day.


  • The day started off with a fire drill. It lasted a very long time.

  • For lunch, hamburgers were the only menu option. I ate all of mine, even the pickles.

  • In the afternoon, we went to the library and I selected a book by Roald Dahl. I can’t wait to read it!


Ask different kinds of questions in your presentations and storytelling and inspire others to ask different kinds of questions about your presentations and storytelling. You can use questions in a story like these, especially in character dialogue:

The character wondered, “Should I have done that?”

Where could we go?”

What could we do?”

What could possibly happen next?

You might be asked these questions in a presentation:

Why did you choose this topic?

What is your presentation’s purpose?

What inspired or caused you to share this?

What are struggles or problems did you experience when creating this?

What else would you like the audience to know that the presentation did not include?

Here are questions you could ask your audience:

Do you have any questions?

Can I further clarify any information?

Which part most interested you?

Do any of you relate to this topic, or have prior experience with it?

Have a discussion using all of these different types of questions.


Write down all the closed-ended and open-ended questions you can think of on little strips of paper. Categorize them in two different cups. Then pull the close-ended questions out of the cup and answer them, or have someone else answer them. Write down the answers. Do the same for the open-ended questions. Compare the answers for each type of question – the open-ended questions should have much more elaborate answers.


Play “20 questions.” The point of the game is to show how important it is to ask questions in order to gather information. There are many variations of the game, but here’s a traditional explanation… One player has to think of something that fits in the categories of animal, vegetable, or mineral (or other). The questioner has 20 questions to guess what the thing is. The trick is, the questioner can’t simply ask, “What is it?” – you can only ask answers that the other player can answer with “yes,” or “no” responses. Play as many times as you like!

Extra Help Problems


What different kinds of questions are there? (open-ended and closed-ended; fact and opinion; factual, analytical, evaluative)


What are factual questions? (close-ended with correct and incorrect/ right and wrong answers - facts)


What are analytical questions? (open-ended; analyze, investigate and examine, or figure using the patterns of the parts, categories, and relationships)


What are evaluative questions? (open-ended; do not have “right or wrong” answers – they ask for opinion and require us to explain, to present and defend our points of view/ beliefs - evaluate)


What kinds of questions could you include in writing? (all kinds of questions)


What stems can questions begin with? (5 Ws and/or H – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How)


What are some keywords that can be used when posing a question? (significance, function, condition, purpose, kind, traits, etc.)


What are open-ended questions? (questions that do not have one right answer, they are ambiguous)


What are closed-ended questions? (questions that have one specific answer based on facts, details)


What is an example of an open-ended question? (Why do you think that detail is important?)


What is an example of a closed-ended question? (In what year did that event occur?)


What are details? (small bits of information – important concepts and ideas broken into easy-to-understand parts)


What is eloquence? (beautiful, fluent expression; very good speaking)


Why would you want to rephrase closed-ended questions? (so that the answer is more than just YES or NO)


Can different professionals ask the same, or similar questions? (yes)


Do professionals from different professions answer questions in the same way? (not usually – if it is based on opinion)


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