How to Implement Question of the Day

question of the day
New information was added to Pre-K Pages this week regarding the use of Question of the Day in Pre-K or Kindergarten. Also included are two; free printables to help you get started with Question of the Day in your classroom.

In the picture above you can see that I use a magnetic easel to display my Question of the Day, but you could easily use a pocket chart or other surface. Using a Question of the Day can help your students better understand and use the following mathematical terms:

  • More Than
  • Less Than
  • Equal
  • How Many

By organizing data into a chart daily and then analyzing that data during a whole group discussion your students will develop critical thinking skills and required mathematical concepts in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.

There are two important things to remember when using a Question of the Day in your classroom. First, the types of questions you ask are very important, they should be very simple yes or no questions that can be easily illustrated with only one picture. Second, when displaying your Question of the Day you must include a picture cue so the children can “read” the chart independently, if you don’t include picture cues then the print will be meaningless to the students. I have created two pages of printable picture cues below to help get you started.

question of the day pictures
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Do you use a Question of the Day in your classroom? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Amanda Stiles says:

    I frequently use questions of the day in my classroom. While I don’t do them daily I try to implement them at least once a week and every time we change themes. The kids love them and love to read their friends names to see others’ answers. It’s a great way to get to know your students. I found a laminated 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper with the question on a small magnetic board and mini magnets with their name works best in my small room. They are a great way to practice making yes/no predictions as well.

  2. Montserrrat says:

    Picture of the day has been part of my daily routine in my classroom. My students love answering questions that are meaningful to them. I integrate letters, thematic units and numbers. I start with very simple questions at the beginning and during the Spring I put more challenging questions such as How many bottons are in your t-shirt?. I have noticed that my students learn many words. I love it and i recommend teachers to use it.

  3. I have a “Question of the Week” and my class LOVES it. They love seeing their names displayed. Sometimes the answers needed are more detailed and I will write out the students complete answer. Some of the questions are kept and displayed during our end of the year “Art Show”.

  4. I love using a question of the day to get them thinking during circle time. I also use open ended questions with 4-5 options ie- How are you feeling today? etc. I need to keep my question graphs up for longer periods of time (months) for Step-Up-to-Quality. How do the rest of you create a long term question of the day board? I like Lakeshore’s Clipboard Math too.

  5. When I think of question of the day I always come back to graphs. We love to turn our questions into classroom graphs. Since the beginning of school we have discuss things about our families. One question that came up was pets, so we decided to find out what kind of pets we had. I used pictures with words for each pet and our graphed was formed. The children write their names in the space above the pet they have, even if there is more than one. We were excited to learn how many different pets we had and which was the most popular in our class.

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