The Question of the Day routine… You may have heard of it, but you might be confused about what it is. How does it work? Is it just for fun or does it help kids learn? Do you have to think of new questions EVERY SINGLE DAY? Keep reading to answer these questions and learn some hacks to make the Question of the Day routine work in your classroom.
What is Question of the Day?
Question of the Day is a classroom routine where the teacher poses a question and students share their response. The question is usually displayed in the room for students to read. Students can sign their names or place pocket chart cards with their names under their response. Some teachers discuss these responses during morning meeting or use them to create a graph during math time.
Why Use Question of the Day?
You may be surprised at how much learning can happen from this quick little routine. These questions can support language arts, math, science, social studies and social/emotional learning in the following ways:
- reading for an authentic purpose
- learning sight words
- using picture cues
- reading names of classmates
- writing first names (or last names, or initials)
- learning new vocabulary words
- counting responses
- creating graphs
- comparing total responses (using words like more/less)
- recording totals with numerals
- using new vocabulary in meaningful ways
- making connections between content areas
- make predictions for experiments
- learning more about classmates
- recognizing similarities and differences among classmates
- making connections to one another
Learn more details about the academic benefits in this post. You’re going to find that it’s a routine that’s just too beneficial to ignore!
How do you start?
First, think of some simple questions. You might want to start with a question that can be easily adapted, such as “Do you like _____?” You can then change the final word each day, using colors, sports or foods. This simple question stem can lead and endless supply of questions.
After a while, you can make your questions slightly more complicated by providing two choices: “Do you like _____ or _____?” Write these basic questions on sentence strips, with the last word on a short card. All you have to swap out each day is the card for the final word. Easy peasy!
Student response cards can be as simple as small index cards, student photos or punched out die-cut shapes with student names them.
You can squeeze this routine into various parts of the day:
- morning meeting
What else should I know?
If you are worried about the time (or mental energy) involved in creating the questions, visit my store for ideas. There are questions for the entire school year, as well as questions to match science themes (like plants, insects or the farm) and fun themes, too (like fairy tales.)
Use these tips and tricks to set up a Question of the Day routine in your classroom. Your kids will have so much fun with it that they won’t even realize that they are learning!
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