Reflections and Resources from Tarheelstate Teacher: Morning Meeting
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Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting for Upper Elementary Students

Wondering how to start a morning meeting (or community meeting) routine in your upper elementary classroom? Perhaps you've tried and it fizzled out or aren't sure how to get more bang for your buck {or teaching for your time}? Dig in deep with my 10 Part Morning Meeting Series or scroll way down to grab your free morning meeting lessons and resources.

Want to learn more about implementing an upper elementary morning meeting routine? Read all about how I run my theme-based morning meeting and grab lots of freebies to help you get started in your own classroom. Provide your students with the social and emotional development opportunities they need to grow into themselves and reach their full, positive potential! Perfect for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders!

Note: You don't really have to read these morning meeting blog posts in order, so click around to read about your topics of interest!

Series Post # 1: Why I Devote Time to Community Meetings
Series Post # 2: The Design: An Overview
Series Post # 3: Why a Theme-Based Community Meeting?
Series Post # 4: Community Meeting: Materials and Resources
Series Post # 5: Launching Community Meeting at the BOY
Series Post # 6: Day by Day in the Community Meeting
Series Post # 7: Scheduling the Community Meeting
Series Post # 8: I Still Can't Fit it all In
Series Post # 9: Community Meeting Structure for Solving Classroom Problems
Series Post # 10: Justifying Your Classroom Meeting


Blog Posts focused on Specific Morning Meeting Themes-
find lesson ideas, picture book recommendations, related video links, and other resources to help plan your morning meeting through a literary theme that also addresses social and emotional development. 
 If you plan to do upper elementary morning meetings in your classroom, you're going to love the ideas presented in this post! Your 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will be exposed to a literature-rich environment that encourages personal improvement, character development, community building, teaching themes in literature and ELA skills. Suggested read alouds/books, materials, and activities will engage your students in compassion related lessons. Used by classroom teachers or counselors to promote character education.

❯ ❯ ❯ Belonging Theme (perfect for the First Week of School)

❯ ❯ ❯ Compassion Theme

❯ ❯ ❯ Integrity Theme




Why Morning Meeting for Upper Elementary Students?
  • Morning Meeting allows me to set the tone for my classroom as we create community norms through our theme studies. We reflect on our progress (personally and for classroom goals). 
  • Morning Meeting provides an opportunity for students to bond and respond to one another's ideas and feelings. We develop empathy for one another and are able to see the world through our classmate's eyes. 
  • Morning Meeting provides a space to solve classroom issues that I need to address and that students would like to address. Classroom meetings can reveal student concerns that I was not originally aware of.
  • Morning Meeting provides as space for students to set personal goals and reflect on their attitudes and behaviors. I launch each new theme with a quick self-assessment questionnaire and have students set a mini-goal related to the theme.  

Are you ready to get started with a theme-based morning meeting routine? I've got quite a few freebies for you that can help you jump right in! 



Want to learn more about implementing an upper elementary morning meeting routine? Read all about how I run my theme-based morning meeting and grab lots of freebies to help you get started in your own classroom. Perfect for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders!





Morning Meeting Bulletin Boards

Because what teacher doesn't love a good {high-utility} bulletin board?!?!

Your Morning Meeting bulletin board will get so much traffic--students will refer to it to remember the themes you have taught and make connections to new themes, review definitions of key words, find adjectives they can use to describe characters, and to think about themes in literature! Your Morning Meeting Bulletin Board is an academic, social, and emotional win-win!
 Morning Meeting Bulletin Board set up

Decide how much space you want to dedicate to your morning meeting themes and where your classroom community themes will be posted. I recommend that you find a space where you can keep your themes posted all year so that students have them to refer back to. The theme sets also work are reminders for themes in literature during reading/ELA lessons!

 Compassion Bulletin Board Morning Meeting Bulletin Board
I like to also have one place near my meeting space where I post our current them and the anchor charts that we have created together. For each theme, I post:

  • a theme header
  • key vocabulary
  • at least one key quotation
  • a shared classroom goal related to the current theme

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