Morning meeting was always one of my favorite times to spend with my students in the classroom. It was a time to build community, connect, review skills, and set the tone for the rest of the day. While many of us will be starting the year through distance learning, I wanted to share some ways you can still host a virtual morning meeting.
If you want to watch (or listen) to all this information, I went ahead and shared it all in a YouTube video found below:
To read the information, just keep scrolling!
I thought the easiest way to help teachers start a virtual morning meeting, would be to offer these completely free and editable morning meeting slides. Below, I go through each one and share ideas on how to use them!
Morning Meeting Slide
The first of 5 free slides is this basic one and I kept it that way on purpose. I wanted students to be able to begin the day going over the date and give teachers an easy way to talk about the days of the week, capital letters, and more. This slide also helps emphasize that today is a school day and sets the tone for the day!
Next, is the morning greeting! An important part of morning meeting is saying hello to one another and greeting each other to start our day. I share a lot of greetings in this post here: morning meeting greetings.
Many of them would still work and you can just make it a virtual high 5 or fist bump! My favorite is the global hello where we can learn about different ways people greet one another all over the world. Type in whichever morning meeting greeting you want to use for the day and start saying hi!
Next up is the “let’s discuss” slide. This is a great one to get students talking and communicating with one another. This is going to be more important than ever with distance learning. These can be silly and fun and they can also be meaningful. I like to mix it up.
Many teachers have used my Would You Rather? digital slides for kids to have students laugh and connect during virtual learning! I also like these because they have picture cues for your younger students. You may want to use this time to check in with students and their feelings. Ask them to rate how they’re feeling on a 1-10 scale and explain why or to think of a time in the past week where they have felt proud/happy/sad, etc.
I also created this activity slide and I chose to make it both physical and mental, meaning you can choose any type of skill to review or you can simply encourage students to get up and get moving even for a quick bit! I include tons of examples in the free morning meeting activities guide that comes along with the slides, but I know teachers like to have themed days to vary the activities.
Some examples include:
Math Monday – solve the problem and explain
Tell Me Tuesday – tell me who you share your home with
Workout Wednesday – let’s practice this yoga pose
Three Things Thursday – what are three words that rhyme with hat?
Finish this Friday – finish this sentence: “If my friend were sad, I would help them by ___”
Lastly, I wanted to create a goal slide to send students off for the day. Since you won’t physically be with them for the rest of the day, I thought this was a great way to set our goals and send students off on a positive note.
You can have them do something simple like “your goal for the day is to make someone smile in your home.” It can also be an academic goal like the one shown below.
All these slides are completely editable and how you choose to use them is entirely up to you! I just wanted to give you some ideas to get you started. If you haven’t already, make sure you download the free slides by clicking this link >> FREE MORNING MEETING SLIDES.
It is important to note that these slides can also be used in an actual classroom as well as long as you have a board to display them on! They are created to be used in Google Slides and in the video at the top of this post, I shared what it will look like when you save them to your own Google Drive.
Any other virtual morning meeting ideas?! Share them in the comments!
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