Practising spelling and writing questions

Home learning focus

To practise spelling and understand how to identify and write questions correctly.

This lesson includes:

  • a game to help with spelling

  • an introduction to questions

  • three activities to do at home

Learn

We read and write everyday, so practising these skills to make them as good as they can be will really help you with things like reading signs and books and writing your thoughts down.

First let's start with words and spelling.

Click on the box below and play Small Town Superheroes. Go to the 'Ena' section and play the 'Parts of words' mini game. Try playing the game on medium or hard.

If you can, open the game in a new tab. You can do this by right clicking on the window and selecting open link in new tab.

Click to play the game
game

Questions

Question sentences are easy to spot because they end with a question mark.

Questions can often start with words like Who, What, Where, When and Why.

Watch the following short video to find out more.

Learn how to use question marks with Brain.

Practise

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

Activity 1: Let's write some basic questions

  • Take a piece of paper and create eight sections.
  • Think of eight words that featured in the Small Town Superheroes game and write one word in each of the eight sections.
  • Using the word in each section, write a question that contains that word. Remember to include a question mark and use capital letters correctly.
  • Double check all your questions to make sure there are no spelling mistakes and that they all make sense.

For example, if you chose the word scary, your question could be: What do you find scary?

Activity 2: Writing silly questions

Start off by creating a list of different words that can be used to start a question. Try to think of at least ten different words. Here are three to get you started.

  • Who
  • Can
  • Could

Once you've listed these words, try creating a sentence with each of them. You sentences can be as silly as you like.

Here are some examples:
Can you close the chair?
Could you sit on the door?

Activity 3: Writing questions to a particular person

If you could ask eight people a special question, who would you pick and what would you ask them?

Create a grid like the one below and then write the names of the people, followed by the question you would like to ask them.

You could pick people you know, like a parent or a teacher. Or you might want to choose someone you don't know personally, like your favourite writer, a sports person or your favourite superhero. Take a look at the grid below for some more suggestions.

Don't forget your question marks.

Person you would askQuestion you would ask
Your favourite musicianWhat does it feel like playing in front of thousands of people?
Your favourite character from a book- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Someone who inspires you- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Somebody from history- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Somebody who makes you laugh- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Where next?

In this lesson you have played a game about spelling and learnt how to create questions.

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