Want to know more about how the morning messages came to be? Read this post about the 2nd grade version.
To help with organization we assigned each day a theme: Math Monday, New Term (vocabulary) Tuesday, Word Power Wednesday, Think About it Thursday, and Funny Friday. We wrote prompts to fit each theme that correlated with our curriculum map.
We made a full color version and as well as a black and white version. The color version is in Powerpoint form so you can display it on your projector or smartboard but you can also print it out from there if you want printed copies of the color messages. The black and white version is in PDF form.
At the bottom of every page there is core documentation. The only note here is that we classified our Thursday thinking questions as CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1, “writing and supporting an opinion” which may be a bit of a stretch since they’re only writing a sentence or two at the most! But the questions are so valuable for thinking and discussion that we couldn’t bear to leave them out even if they weren’t exactly matched to the core.
Here’s an example (from September) of each day of the week (in color):
These are “hink pinks” or “hinky pinkys” which are 1 or 2 syllable rhyming word riddles. We provided one of the words for the answer to make the activity accessable to all 1st graders.
In the full color version:
– 35 weeks of powerpoints (9 months, 4 weeks per month except December, which has 3)
– Each month has a unique color scheme. Each day of the week has a unique design, which is repeated. For example, October Monday 1 and January Monday 3 have the same striped design, but a different color based on the monthly color scheme.
In the black and white version:
– The daily PDFs are saved in groups as “September Mondays” “December Fridays” etc. This makes it easier if you wish to print a certain day of the week on a specific color, like we laid out above. But you can print them all out and organize them any way you wish.
Both the color and black and white versions are included in the purchase file.
You can download the ENTIRE MONTH of September in the preview of the messages on Teachers Pay Teachers. This way you can see the variety of questions that you will see throughout the year.
We also put together two FREE sets of extra morning messages. One set is holiday related, hitting days like the first day of school, Halloween, etc. If Halloween falls on a Wednesday, for example, and you don’t feel like putting up a word related question, you can use the Halloween question if you wish. The colors of the holiday messages coordinate with the color scheme for the month in which the holiday falls.
The other set includes questions related to classroom community topics like behaving in the lunchroom, welcoming new classmates, and preparing for a field trip.
Download the free Special Days Morning Messages. (Note: this freebie is already included in the download file of the full set of morning messages.)
Have you ever used morning messages in your classroom? We’d love to hear how you use them!