The morning meeting is a vital part of any elementary classroom. It sets the tone for the day, fosters a sense of community, and helps students ease into the learning environment. One of the key elements of a successful morning meeting is the greeting. A well-chosen greeting can energize the classroom and make students excited about the day ahead. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best morning meeting greetings for elementary classrooms that not only promote a positive atmosphere but also enhance social and emotional learning.

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Are you wondering, what is morning meeting? How do I conduct a morning meeting in my class? Then, check out the article titled Unlocking the Power of Morning Meetings in Elementary: A Guide For Teachers. That should help give you a nice overview!

30 Greetings for Morning Meeting

1. Crazy Walk

Each student thinks of a fun way to move across the circle (crab walk, disco walk, skip, hop on one foot, walk on their knees, etc.)

The first person selects someone across the circle to greet. They perform their chosen “crazy walk” to reach the other person, shake hands, and say “Good morning.” They will then sit in their spot.

The person who was just greeted then continues.

2. Snowball Fight

Each student writes their name on a piece of paper and crumples it into a ball.

When the teacher says “Go” everyone will toss their “snowball” into the center of the circle.

Each student will then pick up one ball, open it up, and greet that person.

You could then have students repeat the process multiple times.


3. The Frog

Students form pairs to greet each other.

Each pair squats low like a frog and springs up into the air and claps both hands together while they take turns saying, “Good morning, [Name]!”


4. One Minute Greeting

Students move to the center of the circle and greet as many people as they can in one minute.

Remind students to follow the criteria for greetings (eye contact, saying the person’s name, friendly voice, etc.).

Also, student must be safe and are not allowed to “bump” into others.


5. LumberJack

Students will take their classmate’s hand as if to shake it, but will instead saw back and forth. They will greet each other by saying, “Good Morning, [Name].”

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6. Closed Eyes

Students shut their eyes and the teacher chooses someone to begin. The player who is chosen opens their eyes and says “Good Morning, [Name],” to the player of their choice in the circle. When the player being greeted hears their name, they open there eyes, return the greeting, and then greets someone else whose eyes are still closed. The greetings continue until everyone has been greeted.


7. Tah Dah!

The first student chooses someone across the circle to greet and says, “Good morning, [Name].”

The people on either side of the greeted student will say their name and do a “Tah Dah!” action with their hands.

The greeted student then chooses the next person to greet.


8. Compliment Greet

Students will greet one another by including a compliment for their classmate.

For example:

  • “Good morning [Name], you are really funny!”
  • “Good morning [Name], you are very kind.”

Remember to direct your compliment about something they “do”, not what they wear or how they look.


9. Ball Toss

The first student starts with the ball and chooses a classmate across the circle to greet saying, “Good morning, [Name].”

That other student then returns the greeting.

The first student then gently rolls, tosses, or bounces the ball to that classmate.

10. The Butterfly

Greet your classmate by taking turns saying, “Good morning, [Name].”

But instead of a regular handshake, hook your thumbs together and flutter your fingers like butterfly wings.


11. Royal “Hi”-Ness

Using your best “royal” sounding voice, continue around the class either bowing or doing a curtsy to your classmates as you greet them.

For example:

  • “Good morning my dear fellow.”
  • “I bid you good day, sir.”
  • “Top of the mornin’ to you.”
  • “Good day my lady.”

12. Hello Robot

Throughout the greeting students will pretend to be robots, using their best robot-sounding voices and movements.

Students will “robotically” turn to the person beside them, and exchange a greeting, “Good morning, [Name].”

Then have them turn to the other side and greet that classmate the same way.


13. The Cheerleader

Students will chant, “2, 4, 6, 8! Who do we appreciate? [Name], yeah, yeah, [Name].”

Continue until everyone has been greeted with the cheer.

As an option, you may incorporate cheerleader-style hand motions, like pretend pom-poms.

14. Find a Friend

The teacher will say, “Find a friend who…” and complete the sentence with various hobbies, interests, or statements.

For example:

  • “Find someone who… like ice cream.”
  • “Find someone who… has a pet dog.”
  • “Find someone who… plays video games.”

Students that agree with the statement will stand and greet someone else who stood up.


15. Rollin’ Dice

The first student rolls a die and greets the person who is that number of students around the circle.

That student will then sit in the greeted student’s spot.

The greeted student will then roll the die and continue the greeting.

Can be played with one or two dice.


16. Elbow Rockin’

Each student says, “Good morning, [Name],” but instead of shaking hands, the students will lock elbows and shake arms.


17. Air High Five

Without talking or touching, greet a friend across the room with a high five through the air.


18. Whisper Greeting

As quietly as possible, greet your partner in a whisper, saying, “Good morning, [Name].”


19. Deck of Cards

Give each student one card from a regular deck.

The teacher will then call out a suit (hearts, spades, diamonds, or clubs).

Each student with a card matching the called suit will then stand and greet somebody else with that same suit.

20. Brown Bear

The first two students look at each other while the class chants, “[First Student’s Name], [First Student’s Name], what do you see?

The first classmate responds, “I see [Second Student’s Name] looking at me.” The second student turns to the next, and the chant continues.

When finished, the whole group chants, “Teacher, Teacher, what do you see?” The teacher responds, “I see my students smiling at me!”


21. Arabic Greeting

Students will greet one another in Arabic.

For example:

  • “As-salaam ‘Alykum, [Name].”

As-salaam ‘Alykum = Peace be upon you


22. Skip Counting

The first student will say “Good morning class!”

The rest of the class will say, “Good morning [Name].”

The first student will then pick a number between 1-5 and then sit down.

Count that many students around the circle and repeat the greeting.

Keep the original number until all are sitting.


23. Echo Echo

The teacher will greet each student one at a time by saying, “Good morning [Name].”

The rest of the group will “echo” the student’s name over and over, getting softer and quieter.

The teacher will continue to greet each student as the class continues to echo each student’s name.


24. Fallen Leaves

While standing in a circle, the first students will shake hands and greet the second student.

The first student will then safely pretend to be a fallen leaf shaken off the branch until they are sitting down.

The second student will turn to the third and continue the process around the circle.

The last student will shake hands with the first student.

25. Monster Voice

While sitting in a circle, the class will say, “Good morning, [Name].”

Then, using a “monster” voice, the greeted child will respond, “Good morning class!”

It goes around until all students have been greeted.


26. Ahoy Matey

Using their best pirate voices, students will greet each other by saying, “Ahoy Matey, how ARRRRGH you today?”

The other student will say, “I’m good Matey!”

They will then greet the next child, repeating the process.


27. Name Adjectives

Each student comes up with an adjective (a describing word) that begins with the same letter as their name.

Each student greets the group by saying, “Good morning class, my name is (adjective/name).

The rest of the class responds, “Good morning, (adjective/name).”

Tip: Come up with a list of adjectives on the board to give students inspiration.


28. Little Known Fact

Have students think of a fact about themselves which their classmates may not know.

Students introduce themselves. “Good morning. My name is [Name] and a little known fact about me is ___.”

The group responds, “Good morning, [Name].”

Continue around the circle until everyone has been greeted.

29. The Wave

Students sit in a circle. The first student raises their right arm and the person to their right raises their left.

The first student says, “Good morning, [Name].” Their partner returns the greeting, and both students lower their hands.

The second student quickly raises their right arm, and the next raises their left.

Repeat several times, increasing speed, creating the classic “ballpark wave.”


30. Handshake

Students will greet one another with a classic handshake.

Remember to practice using good eye-contact and a friendly voice.

Have a firm grip but don’t squeeze too hard.

Conclusion

The morning meeting greeting sets a positive tone for the day, promotes social interaction, and reinforces classroom community. By incorporating these engaging greetings into your elementary classroom routine, you can create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where students look forward to starting their day. Remember to choose greetings that suit your class’s personality and dynamics, and watch as your students become more eager and enthusiastic learners. Morning meetings aren’t just about academics; they’re about building lifelong skills and fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom.

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