Morning/Class Meetings

August 26th - 30th

Monday, August 26th (Kinder - 2nd)

Topic: Purpose


Show the video link below to introduce purpose to your class. Discuss how Austin was sharing purpose. (Note: The K-2 video is shorter than the 3-5, but they both feature Austin. Make sure to click on the link below.)


Share Time/Morning Message:


What do you love to do?

Who are some people/animals that you can help?

What do you want to accomplish for either yourselves or others?

Monday, August 26th (3rd - 5th)

Topic: Purpose


Show the video link below to introduce purpose to your class. Discuss how Austin was sharing purpose. (Note: The K-2 video is shorter than the 3-5, but they both feature Austin. Make sure to click on the link below.)


Share Time/Morning Message:


What do you love to do?

Who are some causes that are important to you?

How does someone figure out their purpose?

4-year-old superhero has the power to feed the homeless

Tuesday, August 27th (Kinder - 2nd)

Topic: Self Control


Click on the video link below to introduce self control to your kiddos.Then, Talk to kiddos about what self control is and how it helps us to reach our goals.


Play Game with Students:


Play "mirror". Follow the leader as he/she moves. This takes controlling your body and brain by paying attention and staying in your area.

Tuesday, August 27th (3rd - 5th)

Topic: Self Control


Click on the video link below to introduce self control to your kiddos.Then, Talk to kiddos about what self control is and how it helps us to reach our goals.



Share Time/Morning Message:


What is a goal that you have that requires self-control?

What is an area of your life that you would like to show more self-control?

How can you improve your self-control?

Wednesday: August 28th (Kinder - 2nd)

Topic: Gratitude:


Show the video link below to introduce gratitude. Discuss what gratitude is with your students.


Share Time/Morning Message: Think of 3 things you are grateful for. When I give the signal (sound would be best), find a partner and share what one of those things are. Every time, I give a signal (sound would be best) find another partner and share another thing you are grateful for.


Think of 3 things you are grateful for. When the bell rings find a partner and say what one is. When the bell rings again, tell another partner

Wednesday, August 28th (3rd -5th)

Topic: Gratitude


Show the video link below to introduce gratitude. Discuss what gratitude is with your students.


Share Time/Morning Message:

1. How does it feel when you think about what you are grateful for?

2. How does it feel when you tell someone else?

3. What is something or someone that you are grateful for?

Thursday: August 29th (Kinder - 2nd)

Topic: Curiosity


Discuss with students what curiosity means. Have students relate the word curiosity to the word wonder.


Morning Message/Share Time:


1. What do you wonder?

2. What questions have you asked today about a wonder with something you are learning?

Thursday: August 29th (3rd - 5th)

Topic: Curiosity


Discuss with students what curiosity means. Have students relate the word curiosity to the word wonder.


Morning Message/Share Time:


1. What are you curious about today?

2. What things have you discovered because of being curious?

3. When you ask one questions, how does it sometimes lead to others?

4. What are you

Friday: August 30th (All Classes)

Team Building Activity Ideas (Choose One You Haven't Done Yet)


1. Art Reproduction Puzzle

Divide students into groups of six or eight (or larger if you want to make the task more difficult). Provide each team with an image and blank pieces of white card stock, one per team member. First, each team must cut up the image into the same number of pieces as there are group members. Then, each player will take one of the pieces of the image and reproduce it onto their blank piece of card stock with pencils, colored pencils, or markers. (If the team cuts the image into irregularly shaped pieces, each team member must then cut their blank paper into the same shape.) When every team has created the pieces of their puzzle, they will switch pieces with another team. The team will work together to solve the puzzle.

2. Hot Seat

This fun game is a lot like the game show Password. Split your class into two teams and have them sit together in teams facing the white board or chalk board. Then take an empty chair—one for each team—and put it at the front of the class, facing the team members. These chairs are the “hot seats.” Choose one volunteer from each team to come up and sit in the “hot seat,” facing their teammates with their back to the board.

Prepare a list of vocabulary words to use for the game. Choose one and write it clearly on the board. Each team will take turns trying to get their teammate in the hot seat to guess the word, using synonyms, antonyms, definitions, etc. Make sure team members work together so that each member has a chance to provide clues.

The student in the hot seat listens to their teammates and tries to guess the word. The first hot seat student to say the word wins a point for their team. Once the word is successfully guessed, a new student from each team sits in the hot seat, and a new round begins with a different word.

3. Hula-Hoop Pass

This activity helps kids work on listening, coordinating, and strategizing skills. It works best with smaller students. Have your students stand in a big circle. Place a Hula-Hoop on one student’s arm and have them join hands with the student next to them. Ask all the other students to join hands to close up the circle. The objective of the game is to pass the Hula-Hoop all the way around the circle without unclasping hands. Students will have to figure out how to maneuver their bodies all the way through the hoop to pass it on.

4. Eye Contact

This is a great activity to support nonverbal communication skills. Choose 10 students to participate in the first round. The others can gather around the edges and watch. Designate a player one. To begin, player one makes eye contact (no words or hand motions) with another player (player two) and gives them a signal that means go. When player two says go, player one starts moving slowly toward them to take their place in the circle. Player two then makes eye contact with another player (player three) and gives them a signal meaning go and starts moving toward them. The objective of the game is to time each player’s command so that each player makes space for the others in time. After the first round, switch out the teams until everyone has had a chance to play.

5. Marshmallow-and-Toothpick Challenge


Divide students into groups of equal numbers. Pass out an equal number of marshmallows and wooden toothpicks to each group. Challenge the groups to create the tallest, largest, or most creative structure in a set amount of time, each member taking turns doing the actual building. Afterward, have each group describe what they made.

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary