Friday, May 27, 2011

Three Reasons Why: Creative Questions to Ask Kids

Got a few minutes? Play Three Reasons why with your students. It's easy, fun, and encourages students to think flexibly.

Just ask your students one of these questions and see what answers they come up with.
  1. Jacob did his homework, but he did not turn it in. List three possible reasons why.
  2. Karen got invited to a birthday party, but she did not go. List three possible reasons why.
  3. The phone is ringing, but Carlos does not answer it.  List three possible reasons why.
  4. Mark and Kayla go to the amusement park, but they do not ride the roller coaster. List three possible reasons why.
  5. Derek buys a new shirt at the store, but he does not wear it. List three possible reasons why.
  6. Amber has the winning card in the game she is playing with her little brother, but she does not play it. List three possible reasons why.
  7. Sasha brings her umbrella to school even though the sky is clear. List three possible reasons why.
  8. Andrew is very tired, but he stays up until midnight anyway. List three possible reasons why.
  9. Cody has ten new pencils, but he does not sharpen any of them. List three possible reasons why.
  10. Lucy went to a baseball game but she did not watch the game. List three possible reasons why.
You can extend the activity by having your students make up their own questions.




2 comments:

Workshop Classroom said...

Love this!! It could totally be used as a filler activity for practicing those inferring skills!

Rachel Lynette said...

Thanks so much! I just love hearing what kids come up with when you ask them questions like this.

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