Morning/Class Meetings

8/19 - 8/23

Monday 8/19 (All Grades)

Team Building Activity Ideas

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.

Tuesday 8/20 (All Grade Levels)


  • Purpose: To help K-5 students understand the difference between conflict and bullying as well as reporting vs. tattling.


Show the "Tattling vs. Reporting" Poster to your class. See poster (link below). If you don't have one, please come get one from Ana's office.)

(See Link Below)

Discuss Tattling vs. Reporting with class.

K-2: Come up with some tattling examples and some reporting examples. See if students can identify each. Explain to students when they need assistance, or have identified a tattle as a report and vice versa.

3-5: Give examples of tattles and reports. Have students identify them. Then, allow students to come up with examples themselves. Explain misconceptions when they arise.

Wednesday 8/21 (All Grade Levels)

Topic: Reporting

Review with students situations in which they should report here at school. Create a list of people they can/should report to. Please stress the fact that you as the homeroom teacher needs to know when something is going on that requires reporting. You will always tell the other necessary "safe" adults at school, but it will also help you to keep them safe. Explain to students ways that they can let you know they need to tell you something important in private, so children can report without feeling sent away. Please stress that reporting is to be done in private, not in front of peers.

Some Examples:

Homeroom Teacher

Grade Level Teacher

Counselor or Assistant Principal


If time allows, please review reports vs. tattles again using role playing.

2nd - 5th

Show students the Bullying Behavior Reporting Form and explain how to fill it out. (See Link Below) Explain to students that this form can be found on classroom chrome books and IPADS.

Kinder - First

Explain about reporting to a trusted adult. (Teacher, etc.) Explain the importance of reporting as soon as you can so that we can work hard to help.) Really stress to them that they shouldn't report in front of other students.

Thursday 8/22 (All Grade Levels)

Topic: Bullying

Go Over Bullying Definitions:

Bullying IS on purpose

Bullying usually HAPPENS more than once

Sometimes bullying CAN BE when something has only happened once, but it was severe enough. (Teacher elaborate examples)

Bullying CAN be...

  • a threat
  • a rumor
  • trying to make others not like someone else
  • making fun of someone because of their race, religion, gender, etc.
  • physical
  • verbal
  • and/or cyberbullying

Review This Picture With Students

Friday 8/23 (All Grade Levels)

Topic: Safety & Drills

1. Greeting Activity (Quick & Short) Practice saying "good morning.

2. Review/Introduce Safety Words for Drills

  • Fire Drill
  • Lock Out Drill
  • Lock Down Drill
  • Shelter Drill

3. "Do I Open The Door Discussion?" Discuss with students the rules and importance of not opening the doors for anyone at Sonntag. Stress that they are not to even open the doors if they know that the person is a parent.

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary