Teaching WH Questions

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Teaching WH questions has to be one of the most difficult tasks placed at the feet of Autism teachers. Answering WH questions is one of the most essential skills taught, and there are few quality resources out there to help teachers. Thankfully, The Autism Helper’s WH Question Units are here to help! Here’s an in-depth look at how they can help you teach this tricky skill.

All WH Questions

The following WH Question Units are available individually:

Or the entire bundle can be purchased here.


Adapted Books

Each unit comes with three adapted books, some with real photos and some with clipart. These books are easily prepped and can be ready to use in minutes. There is minimal cutting and velcroing. If you don’t have a binding machine, use a 3-ring binder to help create a book for students to use.

Adapted books are perfect for the classroom and make a great small group activity. Students can take turns and share answers. The language that is elicited from adapted books always amazes me!

Anchor Chart

An anchor chart is given for each unit purchased that explains the WH question. These are perfect for student to reference as they are working on work tasks, adapted books and task cards.

I love to put anchor charts in clear acrylic sign holders that hold 8×10 paper. You can find them for a few dollars at just about anywhere. This allows the anchor chart to move around the room wherever students are working and be accessible to everyone in the group. 

Task Cards

The task cards that come with each unit are incredible. There are three separate sets of task cards for each unit; a life skills set, a clip art set and a real photo set. There are SO many task cards in each unit your students won’t memorize the answers when working on these.

One of my favorite things to do with task cards is to take out 5 or so and make them ‘exit tickets’ for the lesson. If I’m teaching ‘why’ questions, I’ll pull out a handful of ‘why’ task cards and keep them until the end of the lesson. At the very end, I’ll use one task card to see how well the students has learned the material. It gives me a quick, informal assessment and a starting place for my next lesson. I repeat this for every lesson, always pulling out a different task card.

Work Tasks

Great for independent work or a center, work tasks are a simple way to add in what you are working on in the classroom. I love using work tasks as a center activity because it’s simple to take data on and simple for my assistants to set up and run. Students can work together or alone. These are easy to prep and can be stored in ziploc bags.

These units have completely changed how I approach teaching WH questions. With quality resources now at my fingertips, my students have concrete examples via anchor charts and ways to be able to receptively and expressively identify answer to WH questions. I’m able to embed WH questions into things like small groups and centers thanks to the resources that come in the units, too! Finally, teaching WH questions has been demystified! 

Jen Koenig, B.S, M.Ed., LBS1
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