Create a PEACEFUL classroom by starting your day with a morning meeting full of essential topics: social emotional learning, age-appropriate social skills, classroom procedures, kindness, and character development!
Just 15 minutes of discussion a day can dramatically change the climate of your classroom and foster self-awareness and social responsibility. These activities have been classroom tested for two years to ensure the topics are relevant, the discussion questions are meaningful, and that it includes the most important topics in a primary classroom.
These discussion prompts reinforce expected behavior and encourage students to make good choices through the school day. They align with the Responsive Classroom organization of a morning meeting, and encourage discussion and reflection on important topics such as personal space, kindness, empathy, friendship, citizenship, self-managing emotions, conflict resolution, and other essential social skills. It also includes discussions about expectations in the classroom, hallways and playground.
These Morning Meetings align with the five core competencies for SEL: self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills.
All the planning is done for you, with enough meaningful topics for the entire school year!
Or, you can also use the to create your own topics, posters and journal prompts.
Just a few minutes each day can really make a difference!
All of the social skills topics are at your fingertips - just click the topic you want to discuss and you're ready to go!
This resource includes everything you need to start meaningful discussions in just 15 minutes a day! With the paperless option, simply project your selected topic poster onto any standard white board and you are ready to start without any copying or printing! Students may fill in answers themselves on the whiteboard using dry erase markers, or you can type the answers directly on top of the Power Point slides. NOTE: Many of the activities are perfect to use at the start of a distance learning ZOOM call by simply sharing your screen to start the discussion.
: All of the activities are included in a PDF format if you prefer to print. You may wish to project an activity and discuss with students, then give a printable copy for them to write ideas onto.
: Another idea is to give students a printed version to work on alone or with a partner BEFORE your class meeting, then project the page afterwards when you meet together. This way students have had time to think, discuss, and write about the topics before meeting.
If you are using Google Classroom, these are easily adaptable to that platform. All 200 activities have a PowerPoint image slide version included, so you are able to cut/paste into Google Slides and add text boxes for students to fill in. The slides are not inserted as a background to make this quick and easy.
There are 200 journal prompts to facilitate your discussions.
The lessons are organized into 10 months, with five lessons per week.
However, you can use the lessons in - you are locked into monthly themes that may not match the social skills your students need to practice at any given time.
: EDITABLE PAGES - I've added a completely EDITABLE versions of all the templates. Now you can add your own text to any of the pages, with more personal situations that you want your students to think about. Try adding situations with your students' names - my students love this and find it so engaging!
: PDF Printable Versions - I've added a complete set of PDF versions if you prefer to use that to view or print the pages. You can also print from the original Power Point versions, but this gives you more options!
: PRINTABLE JOURNAL PROMPTS - I've added a complete set of PDF open-ended generic journal pages to print as booklets. These match the format of the original pages, but include templates for students to write a letter, fill in a brainstorm web, fill in speech bubbles, or blank writing pages.
: REFERENCE POSTERS - I've added a complete set of posters to illustrate the expected behaviours and routings for each of the weekly activities. Display these on the wall to remind students of good choices.
There are 200 topics covered over 40 weeks (each week has 5 lessons.) These can be done in any order depending on what your students need at any time through the school year. You can also revisit certain topics through the year if needed.
Click on each unit to see more details.
There are 40 weeks of social skills topics to explore through the year. Each morning you can show the slide to your students and spent 15 minutes or more exploring in the following ENGAGING and INTERACTIVE ways:
MONDAYS: Students brainstorm and record ideas to introduce a new social skills topic.
TUESDAYS: Students discuss the topic with a partner and tell the class about idea.
WEDNESDAYS: Students are given a scenario and consider how they would respond with wise, kind and empathetic choices.
THURSDAYS: Students fill in speech bubbles with what they might say responding to the prompt.
FRIDAYS: Students sort the choices into "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" categories. The choices are moveable images so you can drag them with your computer mouse as students make decisions.
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You can see the preview by clicking the green button near the top of this page. Please look at the preview to see the details before purchasing to ensure these are right for your class. I've also included a video preview to show the activities for the first week, including the reference posters for each activity. I hope this helps!
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If you enjoy paperless products, you can view the following full year bundles!
- EMOTIONS and GOOD CHOICES full year bundle of paperless lessons and journal prompts
- PRIMARY MATH full year bundle of paperless lessons
- READING AND INTERVENTION BINDER full year bundle of paperless lessons
- CLASS RULES AND PROCEDURES bundle of journal prompts to introduce and reinforce class rules and procedures
- PAPERLESS DAILY WRITING PROMPTS/JOURNALS full year bundle of paperless lessons and journal prompts
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