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Mastering 'WH' Questions in a Special Education Classroom


Reading goals are SO incredibly common when writing IEP's for students especially in a self contained classroom. Every since one of my students is working on answering 'WH' questions of some sort. Some of them are working on just one 'WH' question at a time and others are advanced enough to be working on literal vs inferential questions. 

Because I teach a 2-3 grade classroom my students work on basic literal 'WH' questions on a daily basis. We love to read stories and answer basic questions but it is also important to know how to answer one sentence 'Wh' questions. 

IN order to do this I created flash cards to help my students (and myself with a low prep printable) answer their questions and get great data for their IEP goals. 



These flash cards are so great because they are easy to print (and laminate so they do not get ruined) to take data on all year long. When I print them I choose the setting front to back in order to have the answers on the back of the question. Check out this resource here!

Another great interactive way to work on 'WH' questions in the classroom is flip books. I LOVE FLIP BOOKS  because the students think they are playing a game as opposed to working on a skill. 

I have the questions isolated into who, what, where, when, and why and the kids LOVE them. I also have two levels in order to help the students who are not readers accomplish the task (with pictures) and the students who are readers accomplish the task (with words). 



Check out these fun flip books here!


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18 comments

  1. I usually assess mixed general knowledge WH questions while we play a game in speech. For comprehension of info. I usually use interactive materials.

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    1. Thats awesome! I love to mix games in there! The kids don't realize they are working :)

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  2. I use interactive materials.

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  3. These are great! I love how they are put together!

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  4. Love these! I practice WH questions in so many ways, flash cards, pictures, books, etc!

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  5. Observation mostly. If I need an actual percentage point or to fill in a checklist I'll use seasonal erasers or stamps. If they get an answer right I'll give one version, if I had to prompt I'll give another, if they got it completely wrong I'll model and think out loud to help them come to the right conclusion. For that, I'll leave a different item. At the end I can easily see how many questions were answered and how mamy were right. For my non verbal kiddos I can do the same thing with cards or other interactives. It makes more sense than my lackluster description though ;)

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  6. We practice WH questions all the time. Love simple +/- data collection for WH questions!

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  7. This looks amazing!! This is always a skill we are working on!

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  8. I use real life pictures of my students doing different things. We work on who and what questions with this.

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  10. This is a great resource! I have used a +/- system to collect data on WH?.

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  11. Adapted books are my all-time fav for wh- questions!

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  12. Great advice on collecting data for those WH questions.

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  13. I have Wh question adapted books, interactive cards, play dough mats... Such an important skill to present in a range of ways!

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  14. I like to do it verbally as like a ticket to the restroom or a ticket to get into the classroom. They do better when they don't have the 'writing' scaring them.

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