Explaining the reason for an action
Why is the boy carrying a surfboard?
Why is the boy carrying a present?
Why is the girl holding a spoon?
Why is the lady pushing the trolley?
Explaining an inference
How can you tell that the girl might be making a snowman?
How can you tell that the girl may be going to the beach?
This program targets Level 4 of Marion Blank’s ‘Model of Classroom Language’. Working through the activities provided in this program will increase your child’s understanding of ‘Why?’ questions’. These tasks will help to establish his ability to problem solve and offer explanations for actions.
This program can be used with both readers and non-readers alike. Questions are used to guide your child through the thinking process so that he/she will reach the appropriate conclusion without being provided with the answer.
It is important for the parent, teacher or clinician to lead the child towards the salient features of the presented problem. It may become necessary for the adult to break down the problem scenario into smaller parts to give the child the opportunity to understand. It is then essential to talk more, at a simple level, in language that the child understands. Rephrasing the information will ensure that the child is able to make inferences, understand the question and then offer an appropriate response.