Here are some fun activities to introduce the Five Ws to kids, including a song, craft and worksheet.
What are the Five Ws?
The Five Ws are questions that you can ask to gather information.
I ask these questions to help my kid understand a story, an event, or other happenings. Mostly, I ask him these to help his reading comprehension.
The Five Ws song
This is our favorite song for the Five Ws. It's short, catchy, and breaks it down in a very kid-friendly manner.
The Five Ws craft cube
I made this Five Ws (and 1 H) craft cube to play with my kid when we read stories. The free printable is below.
How to use: We will read a story book, then take turns rolling the dice and answering questions.
Making the craft: It is an easy craft to help kids remember and learn the Five Ws. It also helps:
- develop scissor skills,
- glueing skills, and
- fine motor control by folding and assembling the cube.
Practice discussing the Five Ws with these photos
I love these pictures because they are exciting with a lot happening that my kid can describe. We used these photos and discussed the Five Ws.
We made up entire stories around these photos using the questions below:
- Who are the kids in the pictures? How old are they? Where do they live?
- Why are the kids doing those activities?
- What are they doing? What might the kids be feeling?
- Where are the kids? Are they in a city? Are they at home? Are they in a foreign country?
- When is the activity happening? Look at the clothes they are wearing - is it spring, summer, fall or winter? Is it day time or night time?
The Five Ws worksheet chart
I created this little chart to help my kid with answering the Five W questions. We read a book together then he wrote down his answers.