Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder: Great song to help classmates learn names at the beginning of the year.

Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder: Great song to help classmates learn names at the beginning of the year.

With a simple yet effective question, this fifth grade teacher uses the Morning Message to tie lessons about reading to classroom life in general. (Photo © Hearst Elementary School, Washington, DC.)

With a simple yet effective question, this fifth grade teacher uses the Morning Message to tie lessons about reading to classroom life in general. (Photo © Hearst Elementary School, Washington, DC.)

A great way to connect your literacy lesson for the day to your Morning Message. (Photo from Ridgeway Elementary School, White Plains, NY.)

A great way to connect your literacy lesson for the day to your Morning Message. (Photo from Ridgeway Elementary School, White Plains, NY.)

This teacher gets their students to not only think about the missing word, but also then extends that by having them write a word that rhymes with it. A great way to get them thinking first thing in the morning. (Photo © RC1 Weeklong Workshop, Great Neck, NY.)

This teacher gets their students to not only think about the missing word, but also then extends that by having them write a word that rhymes with it. A great way to get them thinking first thing in the morning. (Photo © RC1 Weeklong Workshop, Great Neck, NY.)

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