I’m pretty sure, in every one of my 7 years of teaching students with autism, that at least one student has had a goal related to answering wh- questions on their IEP. Wh- questions are like lice. You can’t get away from it even if you wanted to. Even for my higher kiddos, the ones that read the advanced version of the News-2-You, sometimes need to practice their wh- questions.
My Wh- Question cards have been instrumental in practicing wh- questions in my classroom. First of all, they’re color coded. This makes it super easy to separate the cards and work on individual types of questions. (plus, I think they're really pretty). Second, there are so. many. ways. to use these cards.
There’s always morning meeting to get those isolated, discrete skills out of the way. I have my para run through 5 questions per student and take data on it. Not too exciting, but like I said, it’s great practice and it gets my guys working on them daily.
What if you want to get a little crazy? It’s that time of year where we’re all struggling a little bit to keep our kids engaged and motivated. Heck, we’re struggling to keep ourselves motivated.
There are several ways to incorporate these cards in to fun, motivating games. Recently, we made these cards in to a bean bag toss game. The goal is to try to get the bean bag to hit one of the cards. The student answers the question. If they get it right, they hold on to the card. The goal is to get one of each color/type of question.
Wh- Question Pie Face is played a little differently. On a student’s turn, they are asked one of the wh- questions. Since my students are usually dying to get “pie-faced”, they have to answer the questions right in order to get a turn to spin the wheel. Not only is it hilarious, but it gets them motivated like no other.