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3 ELA Morning Meeting Activities Your Students Will Love

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Morning Meeting Activities are an important component to the morning meeting routine.  The activity portion is a great way to review academic skills, build classroom community, and more.

Morning Meeting itself is extremely beneficial in the elementary classroom because it…

  • Starts the day off in a positive way
  • Provides an opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills
  • Eases students into the day
  • Is a fun and engaging way to start the morning

While the activity component can be a great time to play fun games, it can also be a time to review academic skills or start to introduce new ones.  I love using ELA activities during Morning Meeting so my students can continue to get even more practice with various language arts standards.

Here are three of my favorite ELA activities for students to work on during Morning Meeting.

Story Starter

Photo of Story Starter from Morning Meeting activities - Picture with words - 3, 2, 1 - Blast off! The rocket ship was headed to...

Story Starter is always a class favorite when it comes to Morning Meeting Activities. For this activity, I give the students a start to the story and then they finish it. I’ve done this activity together as a class, had students work in groups or with a partner to write their story, or work independently.  I always tell students they can use their imagination, but have to keep it appropriate for school! They love being able to be creative with their storytelling!

Here are a few example story starters

  • 3, 2, 1 – The rocket ship blasted off and then….
  • I jumped off the bus and then…
  • The snowman came to life and then…
  • My car started flying and then…

Word Ladder

Photo of word ladder activity with a blue pen - words written in a vertical line are bat, bet, bed, fed, fad, dad, sad

Word Ladder is a great way for students to practice their phonics skills. For word ladder, I choose a starting word and then students create new words from that word. But, the trick is- they can only change one letter each time! 

For example – cat, bat, bet, met, mat, hat, hit, bit, bin, fin

For this activity, I like to try to pick a starting word that focuses on our current phonics skills – short vowels, digraphs, etc so students can continue to get practice with words focused on those skills.

For this game, you can play as a whole class, in a partnership or group, or independently. Their goal is to create as many real words as they can.

Word Creator

Photo of Word Creator board for morning meeting activities.
Photo of white board and white board marker with words written from Word Creator board.

Word Creator is another great opportunity for students to practice phonics skills and building words.  Students are given a grid of letters and have to create words with those letters. The trick in this activity is the letters have to be touching. I typically have students do this activity independently and tell them they’re trying to beat their score from last time. I remind students they can come up with one-letter, two-letter, three-letter, four-letter, five-letter words, and more! 

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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

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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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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.

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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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