Class/Morning Meetings

(January 7th - 10th) Zest & Optimism

January 7th: All Grade Levels

If you feel your class needs a refresher or zest, you can use the link below. If not, go ahead into the discussion questions for today.


Have you ever met someone who lives their life to the fullest?

They like to dance, sing, explore, and their face always shows an expression of joy/ excitement. Just being near them, you sense their energy.

These are people with zest!


Discussion Questions

● What could we show excitement and energy toward?

● What does zest sound like? (positive, encouraging, thoughtful, etc.)

  • Who is someone that you know who lives their lives with zest?

January 8th: All Grade Levels

Watch Video Clip Below


Discussion: (K-2 Teachers...you might have to guide and/or adapt questions for your students.)

1. In what ways does Quincy show Zest?

2. Do you think Zest helps you push on through challenges?

3. What is an area of your life that you feel that you show a lot of zest?

4. What is an area of your life where you think you would benefit from showing more zest?

January 9th: All Grade Levels

Click on the Link Below to Watch a Clip on Optimism and see Discussion Questions

January 10th: All Grade Levels

Friday Fun Day: Team Building


Team build with your students today. Here are some ideas if you need them. :)


Human Alphabet

You need a large open space for this game. Have students spread out and guide them through a few rounds of forming letters with their bodies. For instance, “Use your body to make a ‘T’ … now make an ‘O!’”

Next, call out a simple short word, such as “so” or “dog.” Students will have to team up to form the word, with each student using their body to form one of the letters. Start with two-letter words, then three, then four. If students want a challenge, come up with a phrase that will take the whole class to complete.


Applause, Please.

Form groups of between three and five students. One person from each group (the finder) steps out of the classroom. The rest of the group picks an object (for instance, the pencil sharpener) in the classroom for the finder to find. When the finder comes back in, they begin walking around the classroom in search of the object. The others cannot say anything, but they can give hints by using applause to lead the finder in the right direction. If the finder is far away from the object, the group will clap slowly and softly. When the finder gets close, the group will applaud faster and more loudly until the finder picks the correct object.

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary School