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How To Use Question of the Day In Your Primary Classroom

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Are you looking for a way to ignite your children’s curiosity and engage them in the process of inquiry and research? Use questions of the day. Asking questions is a simple yet effective method to encourage critical thinking and independent learning. By presenting a new question each day, you provide an opportunity for students to explore a wide variety of topics, develop their research skills, and expand their knowledge base.

Be sure to visit Teaching With A Touch Of Honey’s Instagram each day … from Monday to Friday … for a question that you can use in your classroom. The answers for the questions are also provided to make it easy for you to implement this activity in your classroom. In addition, every Friday the questions and answers for the week are posted in Teaching With A Touch of Honey’s YouTube Shorts.

🐝 What are questions of the day?

Questions of the day are questions you post to start the day and want your kids to answer sometime during the day.

🐝 How do I use question of the day in my classroom?

You can use this activity:

  • as a bell ringer activity that students complete when they arrive at school in the morning, after lunch, or when they come into the school after recess.
  • in your regular language arts class for students to complete as one of the activities on their job list or when they are finished their regular activities.
  • in your writing center to provide students with extra practice using their inquiry and research skills.
  • to encourage students to further research information they are studying in the content areas.

🐝 What materials do I need for this activity?

Here are the files you’ll need for this activity:

Full-Size Booklets

Mini-Booklets

🐝 How do I use the question of the day in my classroom?

Here are the directions for using this activity in your classroom:

1. Prepare Your Materials

First, you’ll want to prepare all the materials for the question of the day activity. You’ll need:

  • cards with the questions of the day listed (Visit Teaching With A Touch Of Honey’s Instagram each day … from Monday to Friday … for a question to use in your classroom. Every Friday the questions of the day for the week are posted in Teaching With A Touch of Honey’s YouTube Shorts.)
  • notebooks or no prep booklets for each of your students (Use templates provided in this blogpost.)
  • pencils or pens
  • information sources (books, magazines, access to the internet, etc.)

2. Display the Question

Next, determine where you’ll post the question each day. You’ll want to post the question of the day somewhere in your classroom where all the students can easily see it. Questions could be posted:

  • on a bulletin board,
  • your whiteboard, or
  • in a designated area of your classroom display.

3. Encourage Inquiry

Each day, encourage students to search for the answer to the question in your class library, in a collection of theme-related books, in magazines, or on the internet. Students can answer the question:

  • when they arrive in the morning,
  • as part of their job list during language arts, or
  • when they are finished their regular work.

4. Make Part of Your Daily Routine

Β Finally, make the questions of the day a part of your daily routine. Set aside 5 to 10 minutes at the end of the day and let students share their responses. Students could share with a partner, in a small group, or with the entire classroom.

By incorporating questions of the day into your teaching practice, you empower your students to become active participants in their own learning. Get started today! Download the materials in this blogpost that you want to use in your classroom. Visit Teaching With A Touch Of Honey’s Instagram and grab a question to start implementing Question of the Day in your classroom.

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