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How To Do Question of the Day
Question of the Day is one of my favorite activities both in the classroom and at home!
Asking these simple yes or no questions builds confidence, increases classroom participation, promotes conversation starters, nurtures receptive and expressive language skills, and introduces opinion writing in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
I often hear teachers say they don’t have time to squeeze in any more activities into their day. I hear you! I know it is challenging finding enough time in the day to do it all.
But, what if, instead of finding time to squeeze in more lessons, you had a solution that integrates multiple content areas and standards? This solution, of course, is Question of the Day!
How To Start Question of the Day
Getting started with, and finding time for, the Question of the Day isn’t as difficult as you may think!
Don’t look at this as one more thing you have to get started and tackle during the day. Instead, think of this as an awesome activity (already created for you) that will get the kids ready for the day.
There are a range of ways in which you can integrate the Question of the Day into your daily routine.
For example, in the classroom, you could do this during arrival, as an attendance board, during morning meeting, or a cool-down activity after recess. You could also use it as a time filler throughout the day, or an activity to do during dismissal with the kids.
At home, you could do ask the question of the day in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner. These questions would be great conversation starters for a family dinner with kids.
Digital Question of the Day for Remote Learning
If you are teaching online for remote learning, you will LOVE using the digital Question of the Day slides to get conversations started with your kids.
Question of the Day During Morning Meeting
I’m most often asked, “When is the best time of day to ask these questions?”. To be honest, the best time is whatever you feel is best.
I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, but it’s the truth. Over the years, I have tried using Question of the Day during different times throughout the day.
Personally, I love doing Question of the Day during morning meeting. However, with that being said, the process actually starts as soon as the kids come into the classroom.
I carefully designed this resource to have a picture that goes along with each question. This way, I can select a classroom helper to stand at the display and independently read the question to every student as it is their turn.
I love watching them lead one another, and taking ownership of their learning. This is such an important part of building a strong classroom community. My friend, Allie from Allie the Gypsy Teacher has a wonderful post about building classroom community.
Using Question of the Day in the Classroom:
- Arrival – The kiddos enter the classroom, hang up their coats and bookbags, turn in their folders, and begin working on morning work.
- Morning Work – While they are doing morning tubs, or review work, my helper of the day calls a table over answer the question of the day. He/she reads the question, and each student answers by placing their name card under yes or no. When done, my helper gets the next table of kiddos. This process takes about 10-15 minutes total, which is a perfect time filler while we are waiting for the breakfast eaters to straggle in.
- Morning Meeting – Now that the most time consuming part is already done, morning meeting is where all of the learning takes place. I review the Question of the Day, either by reading it myself, or calling on a student to read it. We then quickly do a count and comparison of each answer. The kiddos can answer “how many”, “which has more/less”, and “how many more do we need to make yes equal to no (vice versa)”.
After doing a count and compare with the answer graph, I call on a few students to explain their answer using a complete sentence. For example, Abby might say “No, I would not climb a beanstalk, because there might be a giant at the top.”.
I like to call on a student from each answer. While Abby said yes, Colt said “Yes, I would climb a beanstalk, because there might be a cool castle at the top.”. Having the different points of views expands the kiddos perspectives, and is an opportunity to teach them about respecting others opinions – even when they are different from our own.
Types of Yes and No Questions
With 185 questions cards and digital slides for remote learning, you’ll have yes or no questions for the entire school year! For more Yes and No questions, check out my blog post, 75 Best Yes and No Questions for Kids.
- outdoor activities
- fairy tales
- at the zoo
- on the farm
Free Question of the Day
If you would like to try a free Question of the Day resource, you can get your sample just by joining the Little Learning Corner email crew. You will get a week’s worth of printable cards to try out with your kiddos.
Why I Love Yes and No Questions
Question of the Day also expands on math and writing lessons. For example, simply by answering the questions, your kiddos create a personalized graph that is all about them. This, friend, is where the magic happens!
When the kiddos see that you want to know more about them, they are more than happy to share their thoughts.
Once they share their thoughts, and realized they have a visual representation (the completed graph), they instantly become eager to count and compare.
Now, you are suddenly the rock star teacher leading them through a math lesson that they didn’t see coming. Better yet, you have now inspired them to read, talk, and write/draw about that same topic!
Question of the Day Reviews
Here are just a few of the hundreds of 5-star reviews I have received for this printable and digital Question of the Day resource.
“I love Yes/No questions. Easy for all kids to answer, even the really shy ones! They still feel like they’re participating!” (Beth P.)
“Super way to engage students!” (Anne R. – Believe to Achieve)
“My students are using the this first thing when they walk in. I like having something simple to get their brains working and they are excited to answer the question of the day. Thanks for sharing.” (Donna E)
“Great way to get students sharing each day.” (Lori S.)
“Was needing ideas for Question of the Day. Easy to just use one of these & not try to think every morning when I’m rushing around getting ready for the kids to come in.” (Pamela R. S.)
“Just what I needed, and pictures are great!” (Connie F.)
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