This is the final Morning Meeting blog post of the school year, and I’ll be sharing some June Morning Meeting ideas for virtual, in-person, and hybrid teaching.
In today’s blog post…
I’ll be sharing examples of (1) Morning Greetings, (2) Morning Shares, (3) Morning Activities, and (4) Morning Messages, all centered around the month of June and the end of the school year.
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To my loyal readers, you already know what I’m going to say!
My top tip for Morning Meeting is to create a very clear structure for students.
Morning Meeting works best when teachers create routine for students. In doing so, teachers can set the tone for the remainder of the day.
One strategy for creating a structure or schedule for students to follow is by using a slides presentation to frame the meeting (more on that in the next section!).
If you are teaching in-person, you can project the slides on your board for students in the classroom to see. If you are teaching on Zoom / Google Meet / Microsoft Teams, you can easily screenshare the slides for students at home to see.
Once your students have entered your classroom (either virtual or in-person), you can begin by saying something like, “Good morning students! Today is the first day of June! It is Tuesday June 1, 2021. Nikko is our morning leader. Nikko, how will we greet the class today?”
At this point in the school year, I tend to recommend that teachers spend less time on the Morning Greeting, and instead, dedicate most of their time to the Share and Activity. But it’s up to you!
As we approach the end of the school year, Morning Meeting provides a great opportunity for students to reflect. Students can reflect on their learning, their growth, and even their interests.
This month, I have put together thoughtful share prompts for students to push their thinking. For example, I might read the following Dumbledore quote with students, and ask students to share their thoughts:
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Dumbledore
You can also prompt students with more specific questions related to their learning or their growth. In the example below, I’ve written: “What is something that you are proud you have accomplished this school year?”
Instead of reinventing the wheel in June, consider reusing your “Morning Meeting Greatest Hits” for the activity portion! In conversations I’ve had with other elementary school teachers, I’ve found that games like Guess Who!, Dance Party, and This or That are always a consistent hit.
If you feel that this idea is appropriate for your students and your class, you could always have the morning leader choose the activity!
The activity above is great for the last day of school – either in-person or online. The prompt reads, “We have made so many new friends this year. Give an air hug to everyone in our class.”
In the video below, I share tons of different Morning Meeting Activity ideas. Check it out for some ideas that work year round. I shared this video as part of my Vlogmas video series, but like I said, the games work great for any time of year, especially in June when you’re needing some extra inspiration. I shared this video in my May blog post, and you guys seemed to love it!
Morning Message works best when it is unique to your class. I’m not in your classroom. I don’t know your students. And so ultimately, you are the expert when it comes to the Morning Message!
I do have some ideas to help you get started. You can:
- Outline the schedule for the rest of the morning / day
- Have students think about a goal they have for the day
- Revisit a topic from yesterday (or last week)
- Set expectations or agreements for the day
Do you like these slides?
I created pre-made, ready-to-go (but still editable!) Morning Meeting slides to use with your students in June. If you like these slides, you can check out my product here.
If you’re new here, hi! I’m Maddie. I’m an edtech coach and a K-5 STEM teacher, but Morning Meeting has quickly become my thing online. I’ve shared videos with tips and tricks and I’ve created a bunch of products too. Check it out and let me know what you think!