Published on July 1, 2014
Sample Questions & New Words These are sample questions for each page designed to help children with developing or advanced language skills (3 - 5 years old) increase their understanding of the story and language skills. Some sample “new words” also appear below to give you an idea of what kinds of words you can teach while sharing this story. You can make up your own questions when you feel comfortable! Expand upon each of your child’s answers to encourage more language and deeper thinking. Make sure to use some open-ended questions that make your child really think! New words are based on vocabulary from the story or illustrations that your child might not know. If your child has emergent language (2 years old), you can point to objects and ask what items are. When your child responds, add additional information to expand upon your child’s language. Example Child: Duck Parent: That’s right. It’s a little brown duck. Can you say little brown duck? * NEW PAGE (The * symbol indicates questions for the next page) There are many possible questions and answers for each page. The following is a sample list of questions for each page. In parenthesis ( ) are some sample answers for the first few questions to get you started. Many of the words in parenthesis ( ) are also good new words to teach your child. Illustrations provide rich material for discussion and vocabulary development. SAMPLE NEW WORDS FOR THIS BOOK Some words found in the story that might be new to your child are: city, runt, apartment, healthy, mistake, landlord, country Some words related to the illustrations that might be new to your child are: clothesline, sofa, neighbor, dresser, ill, worried, moving truck, crane SAMPLE QUESTIONS: * Who is the story about? (A little girl and her dog.) What words can you use to tell about (describe) the dog? (big, huge, gigantic, red, friendly, nice, etc.) Would you like to have a dog as big as Clifford? Why or why not?