Develop communication and social skills during your daily Calendar/Morning Check-In, or Morning Meeting Time! This product is aligned with many Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards across grades K-2.
I hope you enjoy this product as much as I do! My students are 4th through 6th special education students, and I am forever trying to find the balance between work at their academic level, and what is appropriate as “big kids.” Instead of a calendar time, we have “Morning Check-In”. I use this time to develop the skills gained in a typical calendar time, but the majority of my time is spent developing social and speech skills. We “check in” with one another before we start our day. Over the year we develop conversation skills, the ability to listen, ask questions and make comments. But first, we begin with basic “get-to-know you” prompts, which is this “favorite” packet. I have a jar of sticks, each one with a student’s name. I draw a name at random, and that student greets the class with, “Good morning class!” to which the rest of the class responds “Good morning (child’s name)!” The called on student then reads the prompt off the board, and speaking in complete sentences answers the prompt. These prompts can be used in any order. As the class gets better at this routine, I then draw the next student’s name, and that student is required to ask a question or make a comment based off of what their classmate said, before they take their turn. Students can also be prompted to explain why they chose their answer. (When applicable.) I have included these morning check-in prompts as writing prompts as well for a reinforcement option.
The icing on the cake is that it is Common Core Aligned! Here are the 2nd grade standards that this product addresses: (It meets the similar/corresponding CCSS at the 1st and K grade levels as well)
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
- Jordan Nichols
My SpEd Life
Morning Check-In! "My Favorite..." Communication and Social Skill Development
by Jordan Nichols My SpEd Life
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License