Morning Message Ideas

A daily message, written by the teacher for the class and highlighting one aspect of the learning day ahead, is a highly effective technique for welcoming students into the classroom and generating their excitement and sense of competence as they begin the day. It can help set the tone for the day and be used to reinforce a wide range of academic skills.
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A great example from a first grade classroom to help manage students on rainy indoor recess days while generating excitement for the day.  (Credit: Jane Cofie-Raczko)

A great example from a first grade classroom to help manage students on rainy indoor recess days while generating excitement for the day.

Using the Morning Message to review math content.

The Reading Corner: Morning Message (She says now she puts it on the smartboard). The kids answer it when they come in and then they go over it during morning meeting.

A morning message that generates discussion and  supports lessons from"Bullyproofing your Classroom" by Caltha Crowe.

A morning message that generates discussion and supports lessons from"Bullyproofing your Classroom" by Caltha Crowe.

A great example of weaving classroom rules into the message while gathering data on a tally chart.

A great example of weaving classroom rules into the morning message while gathering data on a tally chart.

A first grade teacher uses the Morning Message to review editing skills.

A first grade teacher uses the Morning Message to review editing skills.

Students can go "back in time" at the end of the school year with a Morning Message reflection walk.  Add a scavenger hunt..."find a message that helped you get to know your classmates..."

Students can go "back in time" at the end of the school year with a Morning Message reflection walk. Add a scavenger hunt."find a message that helped you get to know your classmates.

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