A morning message is most
often in a form of a letter that a teacher writes to his/her
students. It begins with a greeting and usually it is signed
by the teacher. These messages are written before the students
arrive and are read by the whole class at the start of the day.
Usually a morning message contains an overview of the day's
activities. Some of the activities could include a birthday, special
program, a highlight of something to come in the classroom, or just
In this respect, a morning
message is one form of a shared reading (a text that the teacher and
students orally read together). In addition to the oral reading
aspect of shared reading, there is often a follow-up lesson. These
lessons are performance tasks for individual benchmarks. This is why
you will see many morning messages that will have things circled or
underlined or have text written after them. The lesson following the
reading of the text is interactive. Many, if not all students should
have opportunities to work with the message.
Most language lessons, and
many writing lessons, can be effectively taught in the context of
shared reading. The following are some examples.
As you see Mrs. Stein is
missing! I have looked all over for her. I can't
find her! She is lost.
I would like you to get out your
journals and write about what could of happened to Mrs. Stein.
We will share these at
There are spelling
mistakes and the class has to find them when we meet as a group.
That is when they circle each word and 'give it a go' to correct
correct grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
Body of Knowledge: Edit writing
for correct grammar, including run-on sentences….
Toda iz Munday, September 27th, 2004.
We have rt at 11:40am.
Hapy Birthda, June. Toda
you are ate youll find your birthda pensil at the round tabl.
Lunch toda is tacos please dont
forget to order you're lunch?
Yesterday when I go home my dog
Gizzmo had a turtle in his mouth. He wanted to bring
it into the house. I told him he couldn't and took the
turtle away. I decided to put it back behind the
When I returned to the house,
there was Gizzmo, again! He had another turtle in his
mouth and was walking up to the back door.
So I needed to once again trek
back to the fenced area and place the turtle with his
I felt so sad for Gizzmo
that I went out and bought a stuffed turtle for him!
You know, he carried that all
around with him every where he went. I'm sure I saw a
smile on his face!
Understand how authors use elements and techniques in
Body of Knowledge: Identify
After the class reads
the story aloud, the teacher might say something like,
"Class, my story contains the same elements that most
stories contain. Let's talk about some of these elements."
The class would then
look for: characters,
setting, events, problem, and resolution,
the elements with different colored markers.
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Two legs for birds
And you and me
Four legs for dogs
And for squirrels in a tree
Six legs for beetles--
Away they go
Eight legs for spiders
What do you know!
The Mitten Song
Thumbs in the thumb place
Fingers all together
This is the song we sing in mitten weather
Teddy Near ,Teddy Bear
(I used to recite this while jumping rope when
I was young. We followed the actions on the bear sayings.)
Go to bed.
teddy bear, Take a bow.
Poetry- I would write a
poem on chart paper and then laminate. Therefore you can
have the students write on the poem and it can be erased or washed
carefully. You can also duplicate poems for the student's Poetry
Notebook. Many techniques can be used for learning.
You can have
students point out the words that rhyme by highlighting them with
a colored crayon.
You can circle the words
and change them to create a new poem.
You can have students
follow a pattern and write a new poem.