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Use these morning meeting cards to teach social emotional learning skills on a daily basis for the entire year! This set is now printable AND digital-friendly! You can choose whether to print the cards and go over topics in person, or share your screen to host a virtual morning meeting for distance learning.
These 175 morning meeting cards (and over 1000 digital slides) highlight SEL skills for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decision-making. The idea is simple: Just use one card per day. Follow the activities and discussion points on the card to guide your morning meeting. The card sets are intended to go in order, but you are also free to use any card in the moment if you need to highlight a particular skill at that time.
Distance Learning Friendly
This entire set is now distance learning-friendly. For each set, you will have access to printable daily cards, a computer-friendly version to share your screen with as you discuss each skill, and a Google Drive set that students can use to reflect after each meeting.
To run a virtual morning meeting, just use any conferencing software of app that you are most comfortable with. Share your screen with students as you go over each part of the morning meeting. Allow students to discuss the topics and break into groups, as needed. Have students reflect on their learning with the student Google Drive activity at the end of the meeting as a daily journal.
Which Skills are Included?
The cards are broken up into 5 sections, one for each area of social emotional learning. Some of the skills targeted in each include:
- Self-Awareness: positive qualities, understanding strengths, growth mindset, responsibility, respecting yourself, understanding values, understanding emotions, mindfulness, self-advocacy, and much more.
- Self-Management: organization, planning, work ethic, taking initiate, self-control, being responsible, dealing with anger, managing emotions, coping strategies, problem-solving skills, flexible thinking, and much more.
- Social Awareness: expected behaviors, small talk, good manners, working with others, active listening, good sportsmanship, kindness, patience, fairness, empathy, dealing with mean behavior, including others, and much more.
- Relationships: friendship qualities, how choices impact relationships, making friends, active listening, starting a conversation, thinking of others, dealing with disagreements, conflict resolution, apologizing, and much more.
- Decision-Making: thinking ahead, self-control, owning choices, staying safe, problem-solving skills, ethical decision, being an upstander, peer influence, dealing with social media, and much more.
Understanding Morning Meeting
Morning meeting is a scheduled daily time to meet as a class (or group). During this time, learners will greet each other, learn about a skill, engage in activities, and plan for the rest of the day. It’s an ideal time to start off the day on a positive note while learning about social emotional skills that matter.
Morning meetings are semi-structured learning times. That means educators should use the lesson plans to guide the group, but also allow students to discuss the topic freely.
Using the Morning Meeting Cards
These daily morning meeting cards are designed to make morning meeting easy, fun, and meaningful. Follow through each morning meeting in order:
- Greeting – Students will greet each other in a positive way.
- Introduction – Educator will introduce the topic for the day.
- Discussion Questions – Educator will guide students through a group discussion.
- Activities – Students will complete up to three activities to practice and discuss the daily skill. Note that if time is running short, you can select which activities to do (or feel free to use them all).
- Summary – Educator will read the final summary. Students will answer the question and discuss.
- Closing – Students have the chance to share thoughts, feeling, questions, and needs for the day. This can be related to the topic or just thoughts and needs in general.
Social Emotional Learning Best Practices
These morning meeting cards utilize best practices for SEL instruction, including:
- Sequenced and connected activities to foster skill development.
- Active and varied forms of learning, including group discussions, role-play, games, and more.
- Focused approach to emphasize the development of personal and social skills.
- Explicit instruction to target social emotional skills in an organized and specific way using the five core domains of SEL.
Other Helpful Tips
- Setting up morning meeting ground rules ahead of time can be helpful. Remind students to listen to each other, be respectful, and let everyone have a chance to share.
- If you miss a day (due to weather or just a busy day) you can do two cards the next day or just move along. Feel free to move at a pace that is right for you.
- You can keep the cards on a ring to keep the set in one place.
- Once students are comfortable with the process, you can have them lead a morning meeting!
- Share digital cards on the project for a paperless version!
Version for Older Kids!
These cards are designed with older kids in mind. If you need a set for elementary kids, check out this link.
These cards are a no prep solution to integrating social emotional learning into the day. Once the cards and printed and cut, just keep them together and read through. If you need even less prep, just show one card at a time on the overhead projector!
Why Teach Social-Emotional Skills
Social and emotional skills are the critical skills that help individuals develop a sense of self, improve confidence, understand emotions, develop positive relationships with others, improve social skills, strengthen decision-making skills, and much more. Several research studies have shown the positive impact social and emotional learning can have on kids and young adults.
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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.