So much goes into planning a morning meeting, and I love having go-to ideas for what we are going to do each day for each of the morning meeting components. Today I’m bringing you 10 morning meeting greeting ideas that you can cycle through in your own classroom meetings. You can download this free printable morning meeting greetings list a little further down or just screenshot it or bookmark it for future reference!
Morning Meeting Greeting #1: Fancy Friends
And remember–boys can curtsy and girls can bow. Let your students feel like royalty with this fun little greeting.
Morning Meeting Greeting #2: What’s the News?
Nip the Monday morning chatter in the bud. You know what they say: if you can’t beat them, join them! Kids are filled with random bits of information from the weekend, so give them a special pocket of time they can count on during morning meetings to share their weekend news.
Morning Meeting Greeting #3: My Name is Alice
A great subtle way to talk about verbs and alliteration, this is a longtime favorite of mine. Nudge students to think of verbs that aren’t totally typical.
Morning Meeting Greeting #4: Baby Babble
If there’s something all kids find entertaining, it’s talking like a baby. Not sure why, and it annoys me more often than I’d like to admit at home with my own children—but the kids like what they like. Induce tons of giggles with this morning greeting!
Morning Meeting Greeting #5: Monster Mash
This is a great Halloween greeting so if you are reading this anywhere near October, you’re welcome! Encourage students to think outside the box–not all monsters are big and scary with deep voices!
Morning Meeting Greeting #6: Snowball Fight
This is one that definitely benefits from preparing ahead, so make sure to have a stack of papers on hand and–even better–a stack of papers with names already written on them. It doesn’t even matter if a student throws another student’s paper. Simply hand them out, crumple, and go!
Morning Meeting Greeting #7: How Arrrghhh You?
Try to be in a grumpy mood when you have 25 students talking like pirates around you. It’s pretty darn hilarious.
Morning Meeting Greeting #8: Ball Toss
I definitely recommend a beach ball for any type of ball toss activity, but the small rubber recess balls work well when rolling is involved. This greeting works great even in instances of social distancing because students must be a throw’s distance away from each other.
Morning Meeting Greeting #9: Quick + Simple
Let’s be honest: some mornings are rushed and you’d do anything to just skip morning meetings altogether. It’s a very human way to feel, so don’t get down on yourself. Instead, turn to quicker and easier greetings like the one you see below. Takes literally seconds and is still fun and engaging!
Morning Meeting Greeting #10: Roll the Die
This greeting is great because it switches things up. Instead of greeting just one person every time, why not put your fate at the hands of this little cube? This gets super fun if you have a larger die or dice that you can roll for the entire class to see. You also might consider an electronic dice roll like this one.
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