Fun Ways to Start the Day in the Elementary Classroom

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Morning arrival can be a hectic time in the classroom. Some schools serve breakfast, others have students trickling in over a period of time, and on many occasions there are forms, book orders or money to collect. In my 18 years of teaching I've tried many different morning routines, and have read about many others. This is my round-up of some great ways to start your school day!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
For as long as I've had a SMART Board in my classroom, I have always welcomed my students as they enter with a fun attendance routine. I change it up with the seasons and holidays, and use it to recognize special days like birthdays and the 100th day of school.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

You can grab a FREE GoNoodle attendance for your SMART Board by clicking HERE or on the image below!
Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
The final year I taught fifth grade I adopted a class theme song. I wasn't sure that it would work with students of this age, but I desperately wanted it to. This song became such a huge part of our classroom routine and was so beloved by the children that they would even sing it to me in eighth grade as they passed me in the hall!


Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
Writing your students a message that they can read and interact with as they arrive is also a great way to start your day! Here are a few examples:




Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
My new favorite way to start the day is with morning bins. I begin each school day with mathematics and have tried a variety of things this year to transition into our learning activities smoothly. I have some students who get unpacked very quickly, and I also have students who usually arrive late, so finding just the right thing for them to work on has been a bit of a challenge. I was tired of running off worksheets and ending up recycling a handful each day because some of the students never get to them, so I created fun task cards that my students can use with the math manipulatives we already have in the classroom! They have been a HUGE hit!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Not only have these been perfect for the beginning of our school day, but they have also been a great go-to activity for my early finishers!


You can grab this EDITABLE resource by clicking HERE or on the image above.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

You may not realize it, but GoNoodle isn't all Zumba and Koo Koo Kangaroo! There are some amazing mindfulness activities to get your students focused and thinking positively as they head into the school day. Some of my favorite GoNoodle activities to begin the day include:

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Sometimes a quieter approach is in order. Not all classes are able to manage the more open-ended, hands-on, movement types of activities unless they are more structured. In cases like this, I love to use warm-up activities such as printing practice as my students get settled in. It is a nice way to settle the energy as the day begins.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

You can grab a FREE sample of these printing pages by clicking HERE or on the image above.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Quotes are a great way to inspire, energize and kick off your day! Try opening with some thoughtful discussion and see where it takes you. When chosen carefully, quotes can be a great way to lead into your character education or learning activities for the day!




Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!
Similar to a quote of the day, your students will love entering the classroom to a poem of the day (or the week!) and some accompanying activities! There are a TON of websites online where you can access a poem of the day. Some of my favorites include:


You can also find many resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

A great way to begin the day in a primary classroom is with a calendar math routine. It is a fun and meaningful way to introduce your students to concepts of time and the perfect way to spiral critical math skills like patterning, place value and number sense.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Check out my Interactive SMART Board Calendar Math packages by clicking HERE or on either of the images above.

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Puzzles, mysteries, jokes, questions and wonderings are great tools to get your students thinking and writing as they begin their school day! Consider putting a joke, riddle or thought-provoking question on the board,


displaying a prompt from the amazing Wonderopolis site,

or providing your students with a puzzle or task of some sort!


Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

Finally, running a morning meeting is a great way to set the tone for your day and teach your students important skills like self-advocacy and self-regulation. I have not done formal morning meetings in my classroom as a routine, but I love this post from my friend Elyse at Proud to Be Primary! Check it out below:


It is my hope that you leave here with an idea you can use in your own classroom! If you have a great routine or activity that you like to start the day with that isn't on my list, please leave a message below to add it to this collection!

For more great classroom organization ideas and resources, visit this Pinterest board:


Be sure to pin this post for easy access down the road!

Are you looking for meaningful morning activities for your classroom? Limit the worksheets and check out some hands-on, curriculum-related ideas that will get your students learning from the moment they walk in the classroom! From brain breaks to warm-up activities to morning meeting, it's here!

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  1. These are some really good ideas! Now my teacher brain wheels are turning with more ways to start the day with my fourth graders. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad these are helpful, Tanya! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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