Kids love to talk. So much so that a lot of our time in the classroom is devoted to ways to get them to stop talking. It’s just the truth. Today we are flipping the script and exploring things you can ask your students to encourage them to talk. Today I’m bringing you 10 morning meeting questions that you can use in your own classroom meetings. You can download this free printable morning meeting question list here or just screenshot it to bookmark it for future reference!
Morning Meeting Question #1: What is your least favorite food? Why?
We always focus on the favorites. Things get truly interesting when we start talking about our not-so-desired things. You can add this twist SO many questions.
Morning Meeting Question #2: What is the most important thing you do at home? Why?
I like asking this question for two big reasons. For one, it gives great insight into a student’s role in their family. Sometimes we can see when a student is doing a lot at home which might explain tired behavior, inattention, etc. It’s also cool to see what students do when they aren’t at school.
Secondly, the concept of choosing the most important thing is a universal idea that students in elementary are learning to comprehend. It’s a common comprehension question on many standardized reading assessments.
Morning Meeting Question #3: Would you rather be first in line or last? Why?
I like this question because it brings up a very real issue and it helps to discuss it during a neutral time. Otherwise, you are stuck trying to explain the logic as you are lining up to leave the classroom and that typically doesn’t end well.
Morning Meeting Question #4: If you had a parrot at home, what word or phrase would it repeat the most? Why?
Oh boy. This is perhaps my favorite question to ask during the morning meeting. You can learn a *lot* about a student’s home life by asking this question. Have fun with this one 🙂
Morning Meeting Question #5: Would you rather be a chef or a mail carrier?
You can read more about would-you-rather questions in this post I wrote with 40 free questions. These ones are fun because who doesn’t love a good would-you-rather-question. But also, I like getting out of our normal go-to options. For example, you might be inclined to ask “would you rather be a doctor or a teacher”? when in reality a lot of your class might grow up to choose other options like trades. I think college is great, but we need to make sure our students know it’s not the only option and we can do so by integrating it into everyday things we show them.
Morning Meeting Question #6: What is one pet you’d never want to get?
This is one that is just for fun, but it also can lead to tons of intellectual conversation. For example, an animal that is too big wouldn’t fit many places in your house, but this could lead to a STEM Challenge in which you design a dragon pen for your backyard. This is an extreme example I just came up with after being up all night with a sick kid, but you get the idea.
Morning Meeting Question #7: What is the hardest part about being a kid?
This question is a great way for students to feel like their voice is being heard. Kids live in a world shaped by adult woes so this will feel refreshing to them.
Morning Meeting Question #8: If you were going camping, what are 3 things you would bring? Why?
This is one of those just-for-fun posts that can certainly be incorporated into a more structured lesson plan if desired. This makes an excellent writing prompt for a writing workshop or a morning journal prompt!
Morning Meeting Question #9: When is your birthday?
Who doesn’t love talking about their birthday? Also, this is an important thing that kids should know that a surprising number of them do not (no shade, this includes my own first grader).
Morning Meeting Question #10: If you were 5 years older, what would you do? Why?
I like this question because it encourages future thinking and also can lend itself to a conversation about goal-setting. Talk about a great way for students to see how their actions now impact their future selves!
I hope you’re able to walk away with some great morning meeting questions that you can use in your classroom today. If you’re interested in trying out an entire week of morning meetings, make sure to fill out the form below for the one that best fits your needs!