Question of the Day graphing activities for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten
What is a Question of the Day?
A question of the day is a graphing activity that can be used to teach young children how to collect and organize data in a graphic representation as well as teach them to analyze the data.
Why should I have a Question of the Day?
From a mathematical standpoint, graphing and answering questions can help your students understand and use mathematical language such as more than, less than, equal, and the same. Reading the questions daily supports the development of emergent literacy skills. When children engage in this activity they are learning to recognize their names in print, understand that print has meaning, track the print in the sentence, and use picture cues to help them understand the text.
What type of questions should I ask?
In preschool and kindergarten the questions asked can be very simple yes or no questions that can be easily illustrated with only one picture. For example, the question “Do you like carrots?” is followed by a picture of a carrot. This is a very straight forward question that is easily illustrated with only one picture. If the question is not easily illustrated with a picture, such as “Do you have a brother?” and the picture shows a boy the students might not understand the question and become confused.
Getting Started with Question of the Day
There are many ways to display your question of the day. You can use a pocket chart, magnetic easel, or even an oil drip pan with magnets works well.
To implement a question of the day in your classroom, start by creating name cards for each student including their pictures.
You can write the questions on sentence strips with a marker and attach them to the top or you can print these questions I created here. Just print, cut, and laminate!
Place your student’s name cards or clothespins on a table near the door of the classroom. As students enter the classroom invite them to locate their name card and visit the question of the day chart.
Children “read” the question by touching each word in the sentence and using the picture cues to help. Of course, if you have an extra adult helper in the classroom they can read the question to the children.
Next, the students place their name card in the appropriate column. There are two columns to choose from, yes or no.
This activity also serves as our attendance system, I can quickly look and see which name cards have not been claimed and mark those students absent.
Analyzing the Data
Wait, we’re not done yet!
Now that we have collected and organized our data, it’s time to analyze the data; this is an important piece of the graphing activity that is often overlooked.
We collect and organize our data first thing every morning, but we don’t analyze it right away, we do that during math time. This allows the students to be thinking about the graph and making observations and predictions on their own.
During math time we gather around the graph and together we count the numbers of students in each column and write the numbers at the bottom. Then I ask specific questions regarding the data using mathematical language such as “Which column has the most votes? Which column has the least amount of votes? How many more votes does the yes column have than the no column?”
Where do you find the questions?
Perhaps the most challenging part of implementing a question of the day is coming up with the questions. I created this printable bundle that you can use to quickly and easily get started with question of the day in your classroom.
28 printable Question of the Day or Week graphing questions for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom.