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Here's the Answer - Now What Was the Question?

Glenn Rutland
Santa Rosa District Schools


Students write as many statements as possible that could be the answers to a variety of questions. They can follow the topic of study or topics of personal choice.


The student reads and organizes information from multiple sources for a variety of purposes (for example, supporting opinions, predictions, and conclusions; writing a research report; conducting interviews; taking a test; performing tasks).

The student extends previously learned knowledge and skills of the fourth grade with increasingly complex texts and assignments and tasks (for example, using reference materials and processes).

The student writes notes, comments, and observations that reflect comprehension of fifth-grade or higher level content and experiences from a variety of media.


-Paper and pencil/pen
-Variety of reference /resource books


-Introduce the activity to the students by going over lesson description and procedures.
-Read out examples of answers and have students give questions (copy from file attachment).


1. This activity is the opposite of what usually happens in the classroom.
2. Explain to students that you will give them the answer to a question, and they are to think of the questions that might connect with that answer. For each of the answers you read, there will be several possible questions that could have been asked . See file attachment for sample answers. 3. This activity is a good way to introduce a topic to see how much they already know or to review a topic already studied. (It is good for thinking and reasoning). Some answers may require the research of a topic in order to come up with a question. 4. Each student shares their findings with the class. These activities could be done in groups.


-Students are observed following directions.
-Students will produce questions to go with the answers that they have (teacher will assess by using rubric - see attached file).


Students can adapt this activity to accomodate any part of the curriculum. Example:
Math: give an answer and see which students can come up with the most math problems with the stated answer.
Social Studies: give a state's name and have students lists as many questions as they can using various information about a particular state.
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