Asking Questions – Interrogatives and Auxiliary Verbs

Lesson Summary:

The lesson reinforces the children’s ability to ask questions correctly, using both interrogatives and auxiliary verbs. Children are accustomed to answering questions at school but need to be encouraged to ask them as well as part of the learning process.  In Activity A the children are required to formulate questions using interrogatives and in Activity B to change the same set of responses into questions by using the auxiliary verb.


  • The children will understand and be able to demonstrate the use of interrogatives and auxiliary verbs in formulating questions.

Subject Area:

Language Arts

Lesson Excerpt:

The words: what, where, when, why, how and who are all interrogatives or question words.  When you use interrogatives to ask a question:

  • the answer cannot just be yes or no,
  • the sentence must have an auxiliary verb, and
  • the placing of the auxiliary verb will be different to the order of the words in the answer or in a statement.

Let’s see how that works.  How are some questions and answers:

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