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How to Engage and Energize with Your Morning Meeting Activities

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Are you ready to kickstart your day with a burst of enthusiasm and foster a positive classroom environment with Morning Meeting Activities? We’re diving headfirst into the wonderful world of morning meeting activities. We’ll explore creative and interactive ways to start your day on a high note, ensuring that both you and your students are energized and ready to conquer the day ahead. Here are my top 10 Engaging Morning Meeting Activities.

Morning Meeting Activity #1 – Deserted Island

Deserted Island is an engaging classroom game that sparks creativity and problem-solving skills among students. In this game, the teacher decides if the student can be on their deserted island depending on what the student suggests to bring.

For example, my rule – which the kids don’t know ahead of time, might be things that have a short /a/ in the word. So if a student suggests bringing a cat to the deserted island then they can come and I write their item on the board. If the student suggests bringing a dog they could not come since dog does not have a short /a/ in it. So that word would not be added to the board. You play until someone is able to guess the specific rule. This is a great morning meeting activity for tying in phonics skills!

Morning Meeting Activity #2 – Word Creator

Photo of word Creator board - a table with 16 letters.

Word Creator is fun and also academic! Students create as many words as they can using the letters given on the board. The tricky part is that the letters must be touching! I always challenge my class to see if they can beat the number of words that they came up with the last time. This is always one of their favorite morning meeting activities.

Morning Meeting Activity #3 – Digit Place

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Digit Place is a great Math Morning Meeting Activity. This helps students build number sense and work on their math skills. This game can be played whole group, small group, or with a partner. Click HERE to see how to play.

Morning Meeting Activity #4 – Quick Draw

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This is always a class favorite! For Quick Draw, students have 2 minutes (you could change the time) to draw the item you tell them to. I have my students use white boards and then share their drawing with a partner or their table. This activity can be tailored to a certain theme (for example, Halloween themed in October) or certain things you’re learning about in class.

Morning Meeting Activity #5 – Just Like Me

Just Like Me is a great community builder game and one I like to use often the first month of school. Here’s how you play…

  • Class sits in a circle.
  • 1 student stands in the middle.
  • Student in the middle share something they like. For example – “I like Legos.”
  • Students who also like Legos stand and say, “Just like me.”
  • The student in the middle sits back down in the circle.
  • Then, a different student comes into the middle and the game repeats until everyone has had a turn.

Morning Meeting Activity #6 – Story Starter

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This activity is a great way for students to be creative with their writing. Students begin their story with the story starter and can then take it wherever they want! I love seeing them use their imaginations and try to choose fun and silly story starters. Afterwards, students can share their writing with a group/partner.

Morning Meeting Activity #7 – Wordle

Photo of Wordle board with letters.

Wordle is a captivating and educational online game that can be incorporated into the classroom setting. This word-guessing game provides an opportunity for students to increase their vocabulary, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. By trying to guess a five-letter word within six attempts, students engage in deductive reasoning and process of elimination. Wordle can be adapted for various subjects, such as vocabulary in language arts or exploring concepts in science or social studies.

Morning Meeting Activity #8 – I’m Going on a Trip

This is a great memory game. I also play this game with categories telling students it needs to be an animal, a food, or something we’re studying.  First person says, “I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing a bear with me.”  The next person repeats and adds on – “I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing a bear and a sea turtle.” This continues on and on until every student has had a chance to participate.

Morning Meeting Activity #9 – I’m Thinking of a Number

A student or teacher thinks of a number within certain parameters (0-100, 0-1,000, or whatever finds your class level).  Once they have it they tell the class “I’m thinking of a number between 0 and 100.”  Then, the other students have to guess.  Sometimes I have them make a number guess and then the person who’s leading the game has to tell them higher or lower.  This teaches strategy and also shows who is paying attention. I’ve also had them play where they have to ask questions. Does it have 3 digits?  Is it between 400 and 500? Is there an 8 in the hundreds spot?

Morning Meeting Activity #10 – Noggle

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Noggle is just like Word Creator above, but with numbers! For this activity, students create as many number sentences as they can with the given numbers. Just like Word Creator – the numbers must be touching. They can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division. They can also create multi-step problems, which can add a nice challenge.

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4 Ways to Include Academics in Morning Meetings

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Are you looking for an awesome way to kick-start your classroom mornings and engage your students right from the get-go? Morning meeting activities with an academic focus is the answer you are looking for! These brief but powerful gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to set a positive tone for the day while seamlessly integrating important academic concepts. By infusing your morning meetings with academic content, you can create a fun and interactive environment where learning begins right from the start. Let’s explore some exciting ways to make your morning meetings educational and engaging for your students. Get ready to supercharge your mornings with meaningful academic connections!

Morning Meeting Greeting

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Greeting is the first part of Morning Meeting and a great way to start the day with a positive tone. It can also be a time to review current academic skills. Here are a few ways to include academics into your greeting:

  • Greet a classmate and share a fact you learned about _____ (moon phases, 3 branches of government, etc).
  • Greet a classmate and share two nouns (verbs, adjectives, etc).
  • Snowball Greeting with a Twist – Hand each student a blank paper and have them write their name and a math problem on the paper.  Then, once in the Morning Meeting circle have students crumple up their paper like a snowball.  Next, they throw their “snowball” in the middle of the circle. They all grab one and that is who they greet and solve the math problem on a white board.  Can repeat a few times. (You could have this focus on whatever math skill you are currently working on.)

Morning Meeting Share

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Share is often a time to get to know each other, but as the year goes on and we’ve established a classroom community, I like to throw in some academic questions. These Morning Meeting questions could be answered one at a time going around the circle or having students find a partner and/or small group.

  • Share and describe your favorite character from _____ (read aloud or book of the week).
  • Share 3 nouns and tell if they are common or proper.
  • Solve this math problem (give them a problem type that you are currently working on) and share your strategy and thinking.
  • Share 3 facts you learned about _______. (Social studies or science topic you are studying.)

Morning Meeting Activity

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Activity is an easy time to add in review of academic content. Below are a few of my favorite activities that are focused on academics…

  • Digit Place – Place Value game that can be differentiated. See directions for how to play >>> HERE.
  • Cards – I hand each student a different card from a deck of cards.  While the music is playing they are dancing around and switching cards with each other. When the music stops, they need to find a partner and add their two cards together.  Then, we share out whole group. This can be done a variety of ways – addition, subtraction, multiplication, making numbers, adding 3 numbers, etc.
  • I Have, Who Has – Great game to play during activity with really any skill. Here is an example of some Phonics versions – I Have, Who Has – Phonics Bundle.
  • Story Starter – This activity is a great way for students to be creative with their writing. Students begin their story with the story starter and can then take it wherever they want! I love seeing them use their imaginations and try to choose fun and silly story starters. Afterwards, students can share their writing with a group/partner.
  • Noggle – Noggle is just like Boggle but with numbers! For this activity, students create as many number sentences as they can with the given numbers. They can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division.

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Morning Meeting Message

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The message component of Morning Meeting is another wonderful opportunity to review and practice new and old content.

  • Write a word with the /oa/ sound (or whatever sound you’re focusing on).
  • Which character would you be friends with? (from the read aloud or story of the week)
  • Pose a story problem and have them solve it.
  • Fix the errors in a sentence.

Here’s an idea for an Academic Schedule Routine for Your Morning Meetings:

Monday – Math Monday

The activity and message fit around math topics. It could be review, it could be building background for new content. Either way – it’s all math!

Tuesday – Fluency and Phonics Fun

I’ve had a hard time fitting in fluency whole group, so now it is a part of activity on Tuesdays. We also discuss our phonics focus during the morning message and greeting.

Wednesday – More Math…

This day has been about fact fluency during the activity and review during the message.

Thursday – Vocabulary

Vocabulary is another area that I touch on, but haven’t given enough time.  Now that vocabulary is our focus on Thursdays, I tailor our greeting, activity, and message to it. For example, when students greet each other they have to also use one of their weekly vocab words in a sentence. I’ve also found a ton of fun vocabulary games for them to play during the activity.

Friday – Fix It Friday

Another skill we always need to review is grammar and editing. On Friday, our morning message sentence always needs to be fixed. This gives us a chance to review editing skills and continue to add in new grammar skills as we go.

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I polled my class recently to see what their favorite Morning Meeting Activities were and I wanted to share them with you! I wasn’t surprised by the results as these are some of my favorites too! Check them out below and don’t miss the FREEBIE at the bottom.

Favorite Activity #1 – Story Starter

Story Starter is my classes favorite activity! For this activity, we work on a creative writing prompt. I have done this activity whole group, with a small group/partner, or independently. Everyone starts with the same writing prompt, but then they get to use their creativity and imagination and take the story wherever they want! My class literally cheers when I tell them that we’re doing this Morning Meeting Activity.

Story Starter Prompt - I walked into a haunted house and then....
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Favorite Activity #2 – Quick Draw

Quick draw is another fan favorite in my classroom! Quick draw is a great activity for days you are a little shorter on time. I put up a slide and students have 2 minutes to draw the set item or task on their white board. Then, students share their drawing. For sharing, students will sometimes just stand and share, share with a partner or group, or we’ll do a gallery walk. I often will do 2-4 quick draw prompts in an activity slot.

Quick Draw Slide - words - Draw a beach.
Photo of drawn beach scene with clouds, sun, ocean waves, and sand.

Favorite Activity #3 – Word Creator

Word Creator is another great ELA activity. Students have to look at the letters on the board and use them to create as many words as they can. We turn this into a little self-competition where their goal is to try to beat the number of words they created the previous time. The one kicker – the letters have to be touching! Students love trying to see how many words they can create.

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Photo of Word Creator game showing example of how words are made.

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Morning Meeting Activity Ideas

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Are you looking for ways to freshen up your Morning Meeting Activity time for virtual learning or in-person?? Then, you are in the right place! These activities below can be used in a virtual, in-person, or hybrid classroom. I have used these as activities during Morning Meeting, but you could also use them in different ways!

Let’s check them out…

Boggle

Boggle is not only fun, but also academic! Students have to create as many words as they can using the letters given on the board. The tricky part is that the letters must be touching! I always challenge my class to see if they can beat the number of words that they came up with the last time.

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Image of Boggle Board for Morning Meeting Activities

Noggle

Noggle is just like Boggle above, but with numbers! For this activity, students create as many number sentences as they can with the given numbers. They can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division.

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Picture of Noggle Game Board for Morning Meeting

Mystery Word/Make a Word

This is another great ELA activity. Students are given a mystery word with the letters scrambled up. They have two tasks. One – create as many words as they can with the letters. Two – figure out the mystery word.

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Picture of scrambled up letters for the mystery word activity

Guess the Picture

For Guess the Picture, students are given a photo that is mainly covered up with only a tiny part showing. (I’ll be honest this is not the best example since the photo was dark. Normally you can see the small circle that is uncovered much better). They then have to guess what the picture is. You give 3-4 clues before revealing the hidden picture.

Picture with tiny part of image being seen for activity
Picture with tiny part of image being seen for activity and clue
Photo of 3 jack-o-lanterns

Finish the Doodle

This Morning Meeting Activity is great for your creative artists! My class loves to use their imagination with this one. Students are all shown a doodle (it can be honestly anything) and then they get to turn it into whatever they want! After students share in breakout rooms or in a small group or with a partner.

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Directions for sharing Finish the Doodle

Scavenger Hunt

This activity works best for virtual students, but could possibly be done in person. For this activity, students are given an object or something to find in their house and then they come back and share it with the group.

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This or That

This is a great Morning Meeting activity to get to know kids and get them up and moving. Students are given 2 different choices and they have to choose if they’d rather have this or that. Then, to show their choice they complete the exercise chosen. This day’s activity was done with breakfast foods, but you could do them with all sorts of topics.

This or That example photo.  Photo of waffles or cereal.
This or That example photo.  Photo of pancakes or cereal

Quick Draw

My kids love this activity! For Quick Draw, students have 2 minutes (you could change the time) to draw the item you tell them to. They love sharing these in breakout rooms or with a partner.

Directions for Quick Draw Activity
Quick Draw example - Draw a castle.

Mystery Bag

Mystery Bag is a super easy activity for Morning Meeting. You hide a mystery item in the bag and the kids have to guess the mystery item. I give clues to help them guess what I put in the bag. I often just use things I have around my classroom.

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

This is another favorite game! I love this game because you can have more than one correct answer and you can cover many different areas and categories. Students have to decide which item, number, or word doesn’t belong. When they make their decision, they also have to explain why. It’s always very interesting to see the different ways the kids look at things. For this activity, I’ve included numbers, words, and photos (and I try to include an academic focus when I can.)

Image of One of These is Not Like the Other Activity. Includes numbers 22, 44, 88, and 65

Scattergories

I’ll be real about this – I have no idea if this is how you play Scattergories, but this is how we’ve been doing it in my classroom and it’s working for us. For my version, the students have 5 minutes to come up with as many words that begin with the chosen letter and fit the categories. Then, we see how many words people came up with and the kids share their responses.

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Story Starter

This activity is a great way for students to be creative with their writing. Students begin their story with the story starter and can then take it wherever they want! I love seeing them use their imaginations and try to choose fun and silly story starters. Afterwards, students can share their writing in breakout rooms or with a group/partner.

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