Use these morning meeting cards to teach social emotional learning skills on a daily basis for the entire year to elementary kids! These 175 morning meeting cards (and over 1000 digital slides in Google 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.
DIGITAL and PRINT
This entire morning meeting set is now digital friendly. Each set comes with a larger PDF and Google Slides version. Also included is a student response journal in Google Drive to allow kids to reflect on what they've learned.
ADDED EDITABLE SLIDES
I have added a Google Slides version with extra editable slides for each day. This version includes two extra slides for each day to add your own morning message, daily schedule, question of the day, or anything else for your classroom.
IMPORTANT: The activities and SEL skills themselves are not editable. Instead, this allows you to customize each day to meet the needs of your classroom while teaching these morning meeting lessons.
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 traits, understanding strengths, growth mindset, building confidence, respecting yourself, understanding values, understanding emotions, mindfulness, standing up for yourself, and much more.
- Self-Management: staying organized, planning, working well, self-control, being responsible, dealing with anger, managing emotions, calming strategies, problem-solving skills, staying focused, 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, 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, dealing with dilemmas, being an upstander, peer influence, internet safety, 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, feelings, questions, and needs for the day. This can be related to the topic or just thoughts and needs in general.
Social Emotional Learning Researched-Based 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.
Examples of Activities
Each card includes 3 unique and fun activities for kids to practice the skill they are learning about. You can have students do all three activities, or just choose one if time is short. Here are a few examples:
- (Self-Awareness): Talk with a partner! What are five words to show who you are? Think about what makes you YOU!
- (Favorite Things): Make a list! Imagine you were stranded on a desert island. Make a list of 5 things you would want with you.
- (Active Listening): Let's practice! Talk with a partner about any topic you want. Take turns talking and listening.
- (Good Manners): Act it out! Act out a time when you might use each manner phrase: Please, Thank you, You're welcome, Excuse me.
- (Making Friends): Make a list! Imagine you want to start talking to someone. Make a list of things you could bring up to start a conversation.
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 projector or your computer for a paperless version!
These cards are designed with younger learners in mind. They are similar to my Morning Meeting cards for older learners, but created with completely new, unique, and fun activities for younger elementary kids. If you need a set for older kids, please check out the link above!
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 are for supplementary support/education purposes and are not a replacement for education or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.