What’s an open-ended question?
Listening to your child’s answers is even more important than asking the open-ended questions
- Wait 5-10 seconds for your child to think and formulate responses.
- Allow your child to fully answer the question without interruption.
- Show that you are interested your child’s answers.
- Keep the conversation going until your child gives you clues to move on.
Six types of open-ended questions we ask at school.
You should try them out at home too.
Open-ended Knowledge Questions
- What happened when…?
- What happened before/after…?
- What did it look/feel/sound/taste/smell like?
- What do you remember from…?
- Describe what you know about…
- Tell me about your…
- Name all of your favorite _____.
- What did you use to make it?
- List everything you think you might find in…
- Describe to me _____ (block structure, etc.) and how you made it.
Open-ended Comprehension Questions
- Why do you think…?
- Which one do you have more/less of?
- How can you tell the difference between _______ and ______?
- Can you give me an example of ______?
- How do you know that…?
- What happened first, second, third, etc.?
- Tell me what happened…
- How could you say that differently?
- Name some… (shapes, animals, vegetables, etc.).
Open-ended Application Questions
- Tell me about a time when…
- Tell me how you would make/build…
- What does this make you think of?
- What do you think will happen next?
- How can we organize these?
- How can we/you find out?
- Show me what you could do with it.
- How can we solve this problem?
- What do you think will happen if…?
- How else would/could you…?
Open-ended Analysis questions
- Why is this important?
- In what ways are these different/similar?
- What do you think will happen?
- How much/many _______ will we need to …?
- Is there anything that you would change? If so, why?
- Why do you think…?
- What comes next in the pattern of_______?
- What could we do differently next time?
- Did that ever happen to you? Tell me more about that.
Open-ended Evaluation Questions
- What other ideas do you have to add?
- What other ending to the story can you come up with?
- How will you organize______?
- What else could you do/use?
- How will you prepare for…?
- What could we have done instead?
- What’s one solution to the problem?
- How could you assemble these _______ to make _________?
- Tell me how you will… (draw your picture, make your city out of blocks, etc.)
Open-ended Creating Questions
- What changes would you make to…?
- How many ways can you…?
- Why did you choose… (those materials, that order, etc.)?
- How could we make the/this_____ (stronger, better, etc.)?
- How will you make a new… (design, pattern, etc.)?
- Why do you think it is important to…?
- Rank these______ according to ________.
- How are you planning to do that?
Now it’s time for you to start asking some questions! 🙂