When to use question marks

Learning focus

To use question marks to correctly punctuate sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand how to use question marks

  • three activities

Learn

Questions are sentences which ask something. When we write a question, we should put a question mark (?) at the end of the sentence.

Watch this short video to learn more about question marks.

Whilst watching the video, practise writing question marks in the air.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: The Magic Faraway Tree

Later in this lesson we are going to watch a clip about 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. In the story there are four children called Joe, Beth, Franny and Rick. They love going to the Magic Faraway Tree because they always have so much fun there.

Write a question for each of the four children asking them something about the tree.

  • Use words like what, when, how, did and can to start your questions.

  • Don't forget your question marks.

Activity 2: Writing a postcard

Watch the video below about The Magic Faraway Tree.

'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton.

Do you think you can explain what it's like to be at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree?

Write a postcard to somebody explaining what it was like at the top of the tree. You can decide who you want to send the postcard to. It could be somebody real or somebody imaginary.

Try to include:

  • a greeting at the beginning (like 'Dear' or 'To')

  • some information about what you can see and who you met at the top of the tree

  • some questions (remember to use a question mark)

  • a closing line at the end of your postcard (like 'Love' or 'From')

Activity 3: Let's draw some of the characters

In the story 'The Magic Faraway Tree' we heard about characters such as: Dame Washalot, Silky the Fairy, Moonface and The Saucepan Man.

Using their names, draw what you think they would each look like. You could add labels too, if you like.

Now write one question that you would ask each character.

For example: Do you like living in The Magic Faraway Tree?

Don't forget to start with a question word and end with a question mark.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised using question marks accurately.

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