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    Morning Meeting
    By teach4TX

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    My 4th graders come in and complete their "morning routine:"
    move lunch clip, unpack, sharpen 2 pencils, fill out & turn in "attitude check" (a quarter sheet of paper I created that lets me know how my students are feeling 1st thing and if they have anything going on at home or school), and copy assignments from assignment board into their notebooks. (This takes all of 5-10 min.)

    Then students find a seat on the floor to get ready for our morning meeting. Our school announcements start (morning routine should be finished by this time & students should be seated on the floor to listen to announcements over the p.a. system).

    Morning meeting: (15 min.)
    We always start w/ a greeting (simple handshake, pinkie shake, knuckle tap, high five, etc.) and pass it around the circle.
    Then, I give directions for our quick meeting activity (share about our weekend, discuss/problem solving of class/school situations, quick team building game, etc.) and we complete the activity. Takes about 10 min. Finally, I close the meeting w/ announcements for our day/week. (Entire meeting lasts 15 min., but if you wait to have it at the end of the day something always comes up or the kids are just too out of focus.)

    Morning work: 15 min. - 20 min.
    Students complete some sort of math warm up (my district uses Target math), language warm up (daily paragraph editing or d.l.r.), geography warm up, and a journal topic. Really this only takes students 15-20 minutes once they're used to the routine.

    Then we begin our day! (We do all of the above from 8:00-8:45am, and then begin reading lanuage arts instruction.)

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