2nd Grade - Asking Questions For Clarification

 
     
 
     
 
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Asking questions for clarification
Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas.
Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas when more information is needed. Ask and write questions correctly when in need of information.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does clarify mean? (to make more understandable)

(2)

What are the 5 W's? (who, what, where, when, and why)

(3)

What other question along with the 5 W's is usually asked to clarify information? (how)

(4)

What is a question? (a sentence that asks something) What punctuation mark is at the end of a question? (question mark ?)

(5)

What is another name for a question? (interrogative)

Learning Tips

(1)

A question is a sentence that asks something. Remind your child that when people ask a question, they want an answer in return. Remind your child that a question starts with a capital letter and ends with a question mark (?). Another name for a question is an interrogative.

(2)

Have your child make a list of words that questions usually begin with. This will help your child when forming questions. Words such as: who, what, where, when, why, how, are, can, do, and is, are often used to start questions.

(3)

Children often become confused with asking questions and giving statements. To have your child better understand the concept of asking questions, encourage your children to ask you questions. After performing an activity (cooking dinner, going grocery shopping, cleaning the house, etc.), have your child ask you questions about the activity you just did. Questions such as: “What did you make for dinner?” “How long did it take to make?” “Why did you decide to cook that meal?’ can be asked. Answer your child’s questions after each one and encourage your child to come up with as many questions as possible related to the activity.

(4)

Playing 20 Questions – This can be a fun game that can be played anywhere and will help your child become more skilled with asking questions. Think of an object without telling your child. Have your child think of 20 questions that they could ask. The answers given to each question must be yes or no answers. Your child must continue to form questions until they are able to guess the object or have reached 20 questions. Once your child has completed 20 questions, allow your child to think of an object and for you to ask the 20 questions. This way your child can hear various forms of questions.

(5)

Have your child read a story of choice. As your child completes the reading, ask him/her questions that pertain to the story. Questions such as “What is the setting (where the story takes place) of the story?’ “Who is the main character in the story?” “What was the problem?” Was there a solution to the problem?” These are simple questions that can be asked by parents for each story. Having your child hear these questions over and over again will help your child begin to ask and answer these questions on their own as they read.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What does clarify mean? _______________________________________


(2)

What are the 5 W’s? ___________________________________________

(3)

What other questions along with the 5 W’s is usually asked to clarify information? ______________________


(4)

What is a question? ____________________________________________

(5)

What punctuation mark is put at the end of a question? ____________

(6)

What is another name for a question? _____________________________

(7)

Brainstorm as many words as possible that questions usually begin with. The first one is done for you.


Are _________________ _________________

_____________ _________________ _________________ _____________ _________________ _________________

_____________ _________________ _________________

_____________ _________________ _________________ _____________ _________________ _________________

(8)

Give an answer to the question written below. Write your answer on the line.


Question: Did you go to the store yesterday?

Answer: ____________________________________________________

(9)

Think of an answer to go with the question written below. Write your answer on the line.


Question: What is your friend’s name?

Answer: ____________________________________________________

(10)

Create a question for the answer written below. Write your question on the line.


Question: ___________________________________________________

Answer: I ate eggs and toast for breakfast.


(11)

Think of a question that goes with the answer written below. Write your question on the line.


Question: ___________________________________________________

Answer: I like Math and Spelling.


(12)

Underline the sentence that asks a question.


We are going to the park later. Are we going to the park later?

(13)

Underline the sentence that asks a question. Add a question mark to the end of the sentence.


How old are you We went outside to play

(14)

Proofread the sentence for mistakes. Write the sentence correctly on the line below.


how was your day at school

___________________________________________________________


(15)

Put the words below in the correct order to form a question. Remember to start the first word with a capital letter and end the sentence with a question mark.


did for what morning you breakfast eat this

___________________________________________________________

(16)

Put the words below in the correct order to form a question.


shirt color the are What is wearing? you

___________________________________________________________


(17)





Read the topic that is given. Then, complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.


Topic: Eating at My Favorite Restaurant

Who:

What:

Where:

When:

Why:

(18)

Read the topic that is given. Then, complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question. Some details have already been added.


Topic: My First Day in Second Grade

Who: my teacher, my classmates, me

What:

Where:

When: Tuesday, September 4th

Why:

(19)

Read the story Tina’s New Sister. Think of two questions that you can ask about the story.


Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!


Question 1:__________________________________________________

Question 2:__________________________________________________

(20)


Read the story Sam’s Big Game. Answer questions 20-21 in complete sentences.

Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.


Why was Sam so excited? ________________________________

______________________________________________________


(21)

What did Sam’s mom make for breakfast? ____________________

______________________________________________________

  1. cereal and toast

  2. eggs and sausage

C. pancakes and bacon

(22)

What did Sam forget as he ran out the front door? ______________

______________________________________________________

(23)

Using the story below to find cause and effect. Circle the best answer.


Cause: Sam had a big game.

Effect: ________________________________________________


  1. Sam kissed his mom.

  2. Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready.

  3. Sam’s favorite breakfast is pancakes and bacon.

Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.

(24)

Use the story Sam’s Big Game to answer the question below.


What is the main idea of the story? _________________________

______________________________________________________


Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.

(25)

Think of two questions that you could be asked about the topic below.


Topic: Elephants


Question 1:________________________________________________

Question 2:________________________________________________

 

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