One of my favorite parts of the day is our morning meeting time. We take some time to chat with each other before starting our day. One thing that I have used for the past couple of years, that I have no plans of giving up anytime soon, are Daily Discussion Questions. The students always look forward to them and never let me miss a day.
Having discussions with your students and teaching them how to communicate others is such an important skill. It allows you to stimulate critical thinking, while also working on listening skills. You can demonstrate to each student that you appreciate their contributions made to the classroom discussion. Over time, this helps them to build confidence and become more articulate while speaking.
These question cards allow your students to work on higher order thinking skills as they use critical thinking and problem solving skills to discuss their answers. This packet includes 200 different questions that are perfect for classroom discussions. I use these every day during our Morning Meeting, but they are also perfect to place on a metal ring and use during those extra minutes during a day or in a writing center. These higher order thinking questions also help your students develop their oral language skills.
These questions range from simple “Would you rather” type questions to more in depth questions that lead to wonderful discussions. Plus, some mornings, they are just downright funny! The one above definitely led to some hilarious answers, but it definitely gives you an insight into how children think about the world around them.
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