Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MORE Morning Meeting Activities

My posting about class activities is BY FAR the most popular posting I have ever done. It has been pinned on Pinterest more than 500 times!! SO, that has inspired me to do a follow-up post.

I can never get enough ideas for Morning Meeting activities. You've got to keep them fresh and inspiring so your class doesn't tire of the same old, same old. Here is a list of more activities you can do during your morning meeting...or anytime your class needs a little brain break!

Here Come's the Judge: The kids like this game so much you would never know its main purpose is to sneak in some more spelling/sight word practice. To play you will need several small whiteboards (we use the lined kind), whiteboard markers, and erasers. You might also set up 4-5 chairs for the "contestants" but it's not necessary. To begin, the meeting leader calls 4-5 contestants for the first round. The contestants take their places with a white board and marker. Then the leader calls out a word from the class word wall. The contestants carefully spell the word with their best handwriting. When all contestants have finished, the class sings (to the tune of "Here comes the Bride"): "Here comes the judge, here comes the judge." The judge then carefully studies all of the contestants words and declares a winner based on best spelling and handwriting. The winner becomes the new judge and the game repeats until all children have had a turn.

What Did I Change?: This game is a simple game but you will be amazed at how thoughtful and calm your class will be while playing. Form a "sitting circle." Select one person to go in the middle. They should slowly turn around so you can study what they look like. Then that person retreats to the hallway briefly to change one thing about their outfit, shoes, hair, etc. When they return, they step into the circle and slowly rotate while the class studies again looking for changes. The person in the circle can begin calling on children who try to guess what has changed. Continue until someone finally guesses correctly. That person can then come into the center of the circle and repeat the process.

Piggy Bank: I invented this game after I noticed my class having a difficult time with counting coins. You can play this game with any denomination of coin but we like to play with quarters because it's most challenging! Gather in a standing circle. Each person is given a quarter and you place an empty container/basket/bowl in the center of the circle. It is a timed game so you will also need a timer. Determine the "piggy bank" goal (ie. the total that will be banked). We like to do 100 cents or $1. The first person begins by saying the value of their coin (ie. "25 cents") then they pass it to the next person and they say the new total ("50 cents) continue passing the coins until you get the total. That person says, "$1...Piggy Bank!" and drops the coins in the container in the center. Continue the process until all coins have been banked. The goal is to be able to do it as quickly as possible. We like to keep a "Piggy Bank" record posted on our wall. Each time we try to beat our record!

World Ball: This game was actually made up by a student! All you need is one of those inflatable globe balls. The class should stand in a circle and the leader starts with the ball. They toss it to a classmate and he/she names an ocean or continent or country they can identify on the globe. Then he/she tosses it to someone else. Continue until all children have had a chance to name something on the globe. Ta-da! Geography practice!

Hope this has given you some more ideas for getting your class moving and working together!