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. SAMPLE NEW WORDS FOR THIS BOOK Some words found in the story that might be new to your child are: Boston, public garden, mallard, enormous, dither, horrid, ducklings, bank, booth, dive, waddle, highway Some words related to the illustrations that might be new to your child are: monument, lighthouse, traffic jam, direct traffic, phone booth, streetlight, protect, city, town SAMPLE QUESTIONS: * Who do you think this story is about? (Two ducks.) Where are the ducks? (Flying above a park.) What do you think the ducks are looking for? * What do you think the ducks are gong to do? (They will land on the island.) Why do you think the ducks are landing? (They might be tired or hungry.) What do you see in the park? (Water, a bridge, trees, an island, etc.) * What do you think the ducks are doing in the water? What do ducks eat? * How many children do you see? How many adults? What are the people sitting on? * What types of animals live in a park?