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Question Words
What? Why? When? Where? Who?

Question Words

This quiz looks at question words and introduces children to who, when, what, where and why. The National Curriculum suggests Year 2 children in KS1 English and Literacy learn how to use question marks and with that, an understanding of question sentence openers will be expected. This task asks them to identify the most appropriate question word.

We know we are reading a question because at the end of the sentence there will be a question mark (?). When you see that sign, it means an answer or reply is needed. Many questions begin with the Five W words (who, where, what, when and why).

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1.
'...are you going on holiday?' Which word cannot be used at the beginning of this question?
Where
When
Why
Who
Two thirds of all British people go on holiday during July and August. Do you go on holiday during those months?
2.
'...is hiding behind the sofa?' Which word can be used at the beginning of this question?
When
Why
Who
Where
Dalmatians are very active, sometimes hyper, dogs.
3.
'...can we play outside?' Which word cannot be used at the beginning of this question?
When
What
Where
Who
By changing the first word of a question, you can change the answer. Asking 'What can we play outside?' can tell us what games we are allowed to play; compared to 'Where can we play outside?' which tells us locations.
4.
Which of these words is not one of the Five W's?
Where
Describe
When
What
Similar to 'explain', the word 'describe' is asking you to give details when answering a question.
5.
'...is the rabbit show jumping competition held?' Which word should be used at the beginning of this question?
Where
Who
What
Explain
There is a rabbit show jumping competition in Sweden.
6.
Only one of these questions is correct; which one is it?
What can an ostrich run faster than?
When can an ostrich run faster than?
Where can an ostrich run faster than?
Why can an ostrich run faster than?
The answer is a horse! They can run very fast.
7.
'...do sea otters hold hands?' Which word should be used at the beginning of this question?
What
Why
Where
Who
They hold hands so that they don't drift out to sea when they fall asleep.
8.
'...colour is her hair?" Which word can be used at the beginning of this question?
Why
What
When
Where
If you have red hair, it is harder and takes more stages to change the colour of your hair.
9.
Which of these words is not one of the Five W's?
Who
When
Explain
Why
The word 'explain' isn't one of the Five W's but it is a question word. When you read that word, it is asking for you to add detail in your answer.
10.
Only one of these questions is correct and used for many jokes; which one is it?
Where did the chicken cross the road?
What did the chicken cross the road?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Who did the chicken cross the road?
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course!
Author:  Finola Waller

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