I am starting a new feature on my little manly blog...it's Morning Meeting Monday! I will share some of my Morning Meeting mumbo jumbo! And I made a simple little button to go along with my new feature!
With all of my raving of Morning Meeting and it's benefits out of the way...here is what my typical Morning Meeting Schedule looks like:
Today I want to share what my morning message looks like. I tend to follow a schedule with my messages. It looks something like this:
Monday-we write the letter that we're not focusing on for the week (This gives me a quick glimpse into how well the students can already write the letter and lets me know where to focus my attention! Hello quick and informal pre-assessment! Aren't I clever?!)
Tuesday-we make a bubble map of words that have the sound that we're not focusing on for the week
Wednesday-I do different things this day. Bubble maps, letter matching, etc
Thursday-Math (currently we're counting the dots and writing how man)
Friday-Nouns (we list people, places and things)
I like for my morning messages to be very interactive and predictable. We echo read the greeting and date. See, you're hitting standards already! After that I read the message which generally gives 1 or 2 highlights of the day! Then we echo read the closure! After that we have the interactive part of the message. Later in the year, the students will actually write the day, date and year so the message is even more interactive.
Here is a picture of today's message:
The Tuesday bubble map of words with the sound we're not focusing on is another quick and informal assessment so I can get a quick idea of who is "getting" it for the week and who needs some intense help.
Wednesday our message depends on what's going on and what skills or focus we might need a little help in or a quick refresher. And sometimes we make it fun. We make lists of things that are red or our favorite colors. We also do a lot of ABC order skills on this day!
Thursday we do a math skill. We do a lot of counting and numbers. We write numbers, we order numbers, we count to answer how many. We also do tally marks. We write how old we are. We make graphs (age, favorites, do you like...) It's a quick way to meet some math standards and another (WAIT FOR IT) way to get some quick, easy and informal pre-assessments! You can say it..."Boy he's clever!"
Friday is when we do nouns. Every Friday. We list people, places and things. As the year goes on we add in verbs. I love hearing all of the nouns we can come up with throughout the year. I also love that my students have a strong foundation in nouns and verbs and I never had to teach a lesson on it! By December you can ask my kids to name nouns and they can tell you people, places and things!
The power of morning meeting! Do you use morning meeting? How do you use morning message? Next week will talk about the activity part of our meeting!
OK, I have a 4:30 wake up call for my 6:30 flight for my mini-vacation to Chicago. Madonna, here we come! I plan to do some fun little posts from Chicago. And I am a firm believer that it's OK to share some fun, and personal non teaching related posts. And that's what I am going to do tomorrow and Wednesday! Stay tuned!
PS I have had lots of questions about the hats my students make on Mondays. They go with the letter and sound we're not focusing on that week. I wish I had thought of such a genius and fun idea, but I did not! These are the brainchild of Jennifer at Simply Kinder! If you like the hats, go get some. My kids LOVE them!
I also have seen the cute ones that The Moffat Girls have and I love those too! I think I am going to combine the two and make super fun hats! HMMM