Do you have a morning meeting every day? How do you structure your meeting? What do you discuss?
Daily morning meetings are a great way to “check in” with your students. They help to start the day off “on the right foot”. Morning meetings can happen in a variety of ways… some talk about the schedule for the day, others review skills learned from previous lessons, and some allow for class discussions on certain topics.
We polled our colleagues from Fearless First Grade Teachers, asking how they run their morning meeting. Here are some of their great ideas and suggestions…
Morning Meeting as a Discussion Circle
“We sit in circle, I pull out the talking piece (stuffed cat) and review the simple rules that are laminated, then I share something and kids take turns sharing. It might be related to a prompt or issues we need to address. I try to keep it within minutes and urge it to move quickly.” ~ Katie A.
“I started off my first year having circle time, where all students answers a get-to-know-you question. Then as the year progressed, I would do daily check ins and ask if anyone had things they wanted to share to build our sense of community. This upcoming year, I plan on doing some of the same things, but also including some phonological warm-up games so they’re still practicing their skills.” ~ Erin F.
“I do a modified one, with just a greeting and an activity. I also use that time to address anything we need to talk about, like a goal for the day or changes to the schedule that day.” ~ Robin K.
“We always start with “Morning News” The kids can get their stories out and then I can share the schedule, happenings for the day. I love starting my day like this.” ~ Mary M.
“I like to take this time to connect with my students and learn about one another. We start with a greeting, then move on to a question of the day. This is where we learn about likes, dislikes, and things we may have in common. Next, is a discussion and this can be about an issue that’s happening on the playground or in the classroom that needs to be addressed. It could also be a celebration.” ~ Julie T.
As Daily Skill Review
“We start out with review, sign language, Heggerty, then move into the ELA skills . We add a lot of movement then they go to their seats.” ~ Lola E.
“Morning meeting is my favorite time of the day! We do a greeting, discuss the events of the day and then an activity (usually Bingo or I have… Who has….). This year I plan to add calendar and math problems.” ~ Sandy A.
“I write a message making sure I’m using words most students can read on their own and it’s posted as soon as they walk in. There are usually simple errors such as capitals or missing punctuation that I ask students to look for and I try use the phonics/sight words we currently working on. Try to tie in something social/emotional that could be relevant to what’s happening in class. And always end with a joke of the day.” ~ Amanda S.
“We do a large variety of things including: retelling favorite story, showing what we made during our soft start, telling one thing they did over the weekend, sometimes we talk about the news if it relates to us and then there is the tell me what you can do well.” ~ Marsha H-D.
“I have my class review the class rules during each morning meeting. My student of the day helps to lead reviewing the rules. They love being the leader.” ~ Sha W-R.
Morning Meeting as Schedule Preview
“We mainly discuss what is happening that day and focus on social emotional growth activities.” ~ Sharon T.
“Hello song to learn names, then look at our calendar and schedule, finally the pledge and our class pledge.” ~ Vicky G-J.
“We do a check in where each student comes to the smart board and moves their name behind the picture of the day. Then we do date, schedule changes and special activities, weather, songs (that go with the activities), naming the city, state, country, continent, and planet, menu for the day, days of school count, and end with the Pledge of Allegiance.” ~ Joelle C-T.
“We greet one another, answer a morning “share question,” go over our calendar and sing the Days of the Week song. Then we read our morning message (daily agenda).” ~ Hannah S.
As Calendar Time
“We sing a ‘good morning’ song and greet each other. We then do basically “calendar time”, I still think the kids need to know the days of the week, the months etc. The students also count the number of days in school using a place value pocket chart. After that, we count the days with coins, we count quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.” ~ Tara U-G.
“We sing our days of the week and months of the year songs, count the days of school using straws, stickers, and numerals, we discuss the weather/season/temperature outside, I select the daily helpers(2 a day), we put up our daily schedule and discuss the days activities, I do “house keeping” where I go over and concerns or rules that need to be addressed, then I read a book or two usually themed for the day.” ~ Ashley B.
“Calendar, Money counting, Story, Weather, Songs, Brain crunchers, Seasons, Clock practice, Counting number of days in school in ones, tens, hundred.” ~ Betsy D.
“Calendar, the date written three different ways, poem of the week, spelling (phonics review)weather calendar, bar graph of weather, line graph of temperature, time from analog to digital, number of the day in four different ways with coins, number of the day with straws (hundreds, tens, ones), number of the day on number line (odds black, evens red, fives with blue dot, tens with green box, twenty-fives with yellow star) then skip count on whatever today’s number falls (ex: day 20 skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s), number talk for number of the day, and word of the day from Evan-Moor.” ~ Ariel M.
Introducing Paperless Morning Meeting Slides
What if you combine some of these amazing morning meeting ideas into one simple resource?! Introducing our newest resource… PAPERLESS MORNING MEETING SLIDES!! We have put together some of the wonderful things you do everyday into an easy to use product for morning meetings.
This resource comes with 45 weeks (225 slides), of questions centered around 5 topics:
Math Mondays – students will practice a variety of math skills that cover all topics and get harder as the weeks go on
Task Card Tuesdays – students will have the opportunity to practice writing skills by answering a variety of questions.
Word Work Wednesdays – students will practice a variety of phonics and word work skills that get harder as the weeks go on
Three Things Thursdays – students will list three things related to the given question or topic
Feelings Fridays – students will have the ability to write down and/or discuss with classmates their response to a given question
-Written by Janessa Fletcher
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