How to Serve a Nutritious Morning Meeting
- Grades: PreK–K
Starting the school day off with Morning Meeting will get your students ready to learn from the moment they walk into your classroom. It is a great way to build classroom community and teach a variety of academic and social skills. Read on as I share a recipe to help you serve a nutritious Morning Meeting of your own!
What Is Morning Meeting?
Morning meeting is a component of the responsive classroom approach to learning. It is an ongoing and evolving activity that helps students to feel comfortable, secure, and valued in the classroom. After most children have arrived and settled in at the start of every day, the teacher and students gather in a circle to practice and learn the social and academic skills needed to build a classroom of motivated learners.
Serving: Classroom size
Prep Time: 10–15 minutes
Engagement: 15–30 minutes
Ingredients: Morning Meeting is made up of four essential components:
- Group activity
- Morning message
Signal to Begin
I selected a song to let my students know when it is time to gather on the carpet for Morning Meeting. By the time the song ends, everyone should be standing on the carpet ready to begin.
Day 1: Students say hello to their friends in a different language.
Day 2: Students do the ball toss. To do this, throw a ball to a student, saying his name. Have that student throw the ball to the second student, while saying his name, and so on until everyone has had a chance to catch the ball.
Day 3: Students sit in a circle and greet the student next to them with "Good morning, ______," and a high five.
Day 4: Students recite Hickety, Pickety, Bumblebee.
Day 5: Students recite Hello, Neighbor, chant.
For more greetings to use during Morning Meeting, visit Mrs. Bainbridge's class.
Below are a few examples of how I implement various types of sharing during Morning Meeting in my classroom.
Sharing Circle: When my class does sharing circle, all students are given the opportunity to share a word or sentence about weekend activities, holidays, or topics of study.
Topic Share: Two students are given the opportunity to share about a topic that either they or I have chosen. For example, students might talk about their favorite television show. The student is encouraged to answer the question in a complete sentence. Next, the student is allowed to call on two students to ask a question about his response.
Show and Tell: Share time is a great time to incorporate Show and Tell. Students get to bring in something from home, such as a picture, toy, etc., and talk to the class about it.
Take a look at this list of share topics I found on Mrs. Gold's class site.
During this segment of Morning Meeting, the whole class does a short activity together such as a song, chant, game, poem, etc. These activities should help build community and strengthen academics through active and engaged participation. For a list of morning meeting activities, visit Responsive Classroom.
The last phase of Morning Meeting is the the morning message. I write the morning message to my students every morning. It is always in the form of a friendly letter. I use the morning message to give instructions, share daily news, and to teach reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Signal to Close
My students recite our classroom pledge to signal the close of Morning Meeting.
If you haven't implemented Morning Meeting, I highly recommend you try it. There are so many skills that can be taught during this fifteen-to-thirty-minute block of time each morning. Roxann Kriete, author of The Morning Meeting Book, explains that the sense of belonging, and the skills of attention, listening, expression, and cooperative interaction developed in Morning Meeting are a foundation for every lesson, every transition time, every lining-up, every upset and conflict, all day and all year long.
Take a look at these books to learn more about Morning Meeting: