Question of the Day
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Question of the Day is a fun activity to get kids learning RIGHT when they get into the classroom each morning. It is a great classroom management technique to get the school day on track right from the start.
Question of the DAy
Students quickly learn the morning routine in my classroom: put their belongings in their cubby, answer the Question of the Day, put their lunch in the refrigerator, sign in and do the table time activity. On each cubby, there is a name tag and a star with the student’s name. It is attached with Velcro. It is a visual reminder for them to answer the question after they put their belongings away. It a great trick I learned when I first started teaching.
My Question of the Day was on my refrigerator in my full day classroom. I put magnet tape on the back of the stars and sentence pieces. Students put their lunch away and answer the question in the same spot. I made the T-Chart with tape.
In my new classroom, I put my Question of the Day on a metal oil drip pan. You can buy them from Walmart in the tools section. It was silver so I painted with black chalkboard paint. I also have my visual arrival routine next to the question if they need reminding of what to do next.
I always start each year with the pattern question, “Are you wearing (color word)?” I change the color word every Monday. This helps my young students learn the pattern sentence and the words yes/no. I also model and encourage students to point to each word as they read the question. My goal is for students to be able to answer the question independently.
**Just a note: the color words now have a clip art paint sample next to the word to show color variances.**
Students are learning MANY skills during Question of the Day. I listed all the language and literacy objectives/standards Question of the Day meets.
If you take time during the day to interpret and analyze the question, you will be hitting math objectives and standards too. Take the time to do this part! It only takes a few minutes.
How do I come up with questions to ask? You can ask anything you choose! I always strive to link them to literacy concepts and sneak in math sometimes too!
Try a pattern question about letter sounds, “Does your name begin with the same sound as ___?” I change the sound card every other day to give students lots of practice with beginning sounds. I like making questions about their names because every student has to think to answer the question.
I have tried making questions where the answer is the same for everyone, and it was not my favorite experiment. Here is an example, “What letter does the word bird start with?” Answers “B” or “K”. Once three or four kids answered the question, students would automatically put their name next to their friends without even reading the question. No learning was happening.
A question to get students counting, comparing and learning about long and short words is “Do you have (number) letters in your name?”. Students are counting every morning, talking about “more or less than” and talking about long and short words! It’s awesome!
Love pocket charts? Then put the question in one! Pocket charts are great to place to put your Question of the Day. I just love this black pocket chart! A fun trick I have done to make my T-Chart is to tape a piece of ribbon at the to the chart.
Keeping everything organized is my jam, and it makes me happy! Below are a few tips to organize your questions. It makes changing the question super easy and quick. I like to store all my questions in this three drawer organizer.
Name Stars & Cards
You can use name stars (shown in the photos above) or use name cards for the Question of the Day. Everyone is always asking me for them so I made BOTH for you and they’re FREE too!
Again, attach the stars or name cards to use on their cubbies name tags with Velcro! This gives students a visual reminder of what to do first when they get to school and trust me, it works! Put a piece of magnet tape or dots to the back if your question of the day is on a metal surface.
To help students learn their names, color code your classroom! Assign each student a color. Make as many things as possible for that child in their color such as their job chart clip, question star, cubby name tag, folders, and/or journals they use.
Quick Tip: Assign different colors to students who have the same first letter. This way, both Anna and Alison don’t have pink stars. Anna could be pink and Alison could be orange. Anna will know or you can prompt her to look for a pink star with the first letter A. This is also helpful if you have two students with the same name (make their stars different colors).
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