Need ideas for question of the week...

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  1. karebear76

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    Hi, I am new here. I teach 4th special ed. I am hoping to incorporate a question of the week this year. Have any of you done this before? If so, where do you get your ideas for questions? I want this to be educational for my students. I will post the question on the first day of the week, allowing students the entire week to find the answer. Any student who correctly answers the question on Friday will receive something. Just hoping for some ideas!

    Kerry
     
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    Hey, karebear76! Don't know if these will help or not, but I use some of these "trick" questions as my Question of the Day in our Journal writings. We also do a Quotation of the Day. After we discuss the quote, the students write their reaction to it. Sometimes, my question of the day is about the author or the history behind the quote. The kids seem to really enjoy both items, and I have found the discussion to be a great way to sneak in some "bonus" learning (vocab, history, critical thinking, expression skills, etc.) Each student who gets the Question of the Day correct earns a "Smartie" candy. Another great source of trivia questions would be to use those trivia flip cards for each grade level-can't think what they are called and can't find them in a web search. Hope these help! :)

    1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years

    2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

    3) From which animal do we get catgut? Sheep and Horses

    4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November

    5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

    6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

    7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert

    8) What color is a purple finch? Crimson

    9) Where are Chinese gooseberries (kiwifruit) from? New Zealand

    10) How long did the Thirty Years War last? Thirty years

    http://idiot-dog.com/humor/easy.html

    http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ian/Public/Humor/quiz
     
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    Thanks for the ideas! Those are really great trivia questions. I think they are maybe a little too difficult for my students. They don't usually 'get' the subtle humor of things. But I do think they are great for other students!

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    Kerry, sorry! I didn't read very carefully (Something I instruct my kids to do! :) I just saw 4th grade.) I just printed off the "rice.edu" list of questions for myself and was surprised that it is 8 pages long! In looking at it more closely, there are some really good, more 'factual' type questions mixed in with the more subtle ones. Just thought I would mention it to you, just in case like me ( :) ), you hadn't realized how many questions were actually there. Thought maybe those might be more what you were looking for. Otherwise, those trivia flip cards (Wish I could think of the name! I can "see" them, just can't "name" them!! :D ) might be the way to go, as they have a set for each grade level. Anyway, just thought I would bug you one more time! :) Take care!!
    Jody
     
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    For the trivia cards, are you tihnking of Brain Quest? They'd be a good osurce of questions for you, and you can look at the various grade levels to see what's most appropriate for your kids. ;) (They're also great questions if you have them answer a question in their group to see who lines up first, etc)
     
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    I've seen some teachers ask current event questions, so the students have to go home and watch the news or look at the newspaper...and then you could gear the questions any way you like. If you have a lot of family support for these children, it might work well. :)
     
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    For my "Today's Trivia" I sometimes ask questions about events happening at the school or information from the morning announcements..."Where and when should the cross-country runners meet?"... a double-check to see if they are paying attention!
     

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