Gotcha: Open-Ended Questions

Gotcha We've recently been reading an excellent children's picture book entitled, "Gotcha", written by Gail Jorgensen and illustrated by Kerry Argent.

Read more about our experience with Gotcha.

As part of our story extension activities for "Gotcha", we've created a list of open-ended questions which have been designed to promote children's critical thinking skills.

A List of Open-Ended Questions to Use with the Story "Gotcha"

For useful and practical information about using open-ended questions with children, especially in regards to books, click on How To Use Open-Ended Questions With Children.

These questions are designed to be used in conjunction with the book. As children look at the illustrations, ask these questions:

  • Look at the cover illustration and title. What do you think the story will be about?
  • What do you think is going to happen?
  • Why did the fly dive-bomb the cake?
  • How would you feel if a fly buzzed in your ear or flew up your nose?
  • How do you think Bertha and the bears are feeling? Why?
  • Why doesn't Bertha see all of the animals as she chases the fly?
  • Why are the animals chasing Bertha?
  • What do you think the animals want to do to Bertha?
  • What does Bertha do when the animals are angry with her?
  • Why do you think this helps calm the animals down?
  • Why do you think all of the animals are sleeping?
  • What do you think will happen next?

You will be able to come up with your own open-ended questions that will interest your child. The idea is to create questions which will encourage your child to think. At the same time, your child will be encouraged to extend language skills.

There are so many benefits for your child when you use open-ended questions. Read about why open-ended questions are so important!

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