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Who, what, when, where, and why?

Who, what, when, where, and why?


Questions often start with a question word.

Who? To ask about a person.
What? To ask about a thing.
When? To ask about a time.
Where? To ask about a place.
Why? To ask for a reason.

Download our Who, what, when, where, and why activity below.

This activity introduces five question words. Think about when these question words are used. Pick the right question words the complete the sentences. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.


Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.1.D Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).


Who is your friend?What is for dinner?When did she leave?Where is the house?Why is he sad?



Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!