Today, I really wanted to share something new I started awhile back. My district began requiring us to do a daily morning message. I had done morning messages in the past, but due to time constraints, they didn't always happen regularly. I really tried to get back into the hang of doing them, and ran into the same problem this year. My students LOVE doing them, but I was always struggling to find the time to create them and then write them out on chart paper. I started with a bang and then they fizzled.
Another issue was that I really did not have time in my reading block for both morning message and a separate language lesson on top of all the other Balanced Literacy activities I do daily. So, I came up with this idea to integrate my language and morning message. I couldn't be more happier with the results. Keep in mind that this isn't the only time I teach language. In the morning message I focus on teaching the content, and then it's integrated into everything I do the rest of the day, especially in writing!
Here is a little peek at what's included:
This Adjective Edition introduces adjectives to students. It also discusses comparatives, superlatives, and sensory adjectives. The Day 5 page is designed to be completed independently. This is a quick way to assess what they have learned over the week. It is also a great way for them to interact with the morning message on their own.
This is an example of a Day 5 page. I really wanted them to have to explain their thinking in their own words.
As always, I'd love to give it away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment and their e-mail. Just a way to show my love to the wonderful teachers that follow my blog.