Morning Meetings for Special Education Classrooms: 101 Fun Ideas, Creative Activities and Adaptable Techniques

Morning Meetings for Special Education Classrooms: 101 Fun Ideas, Creative Activities and Adaptable Techniques

by Dr. Felicia Durden, Ed.D.

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ISBN-13: 9781612436814
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 508,674
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Felicia Durden Ed.D is an accomplished Educator with over seventeen years experience in Education. She holds her Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Dr. Durden has taught grades K-12, served as an Assistant Director of Reading and Writing and currently serves as Principal in a large urban school district in Arizona. She has taught courses in Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction at the College level as an adjunct instructor for over 10 years. Dr. Durden has a passion for assisting student growth in reading and writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why Morning Meetings? 2

Chapter 2 Strategies for Building Community 15

1 Teaching Rules and Expectations 16

2 Classroom Jobs 18

3 Picture Schedules 20

4 Practice, Practice, Practice 22

5 AR About Me 24

6 Personal Timeline 26

7 What We Have in Common 28

8 Celebrate Differences 30

9 Cultural Exchange 32

10 Building Teams 34

11 Games and Contests 36

12 Treasure Hunt 38

13 Skits and Drama 40

14 Using Music 42

15 Brain Breaks 44

16 Classroom Community Artifacts 46

17 Lesson on Community 48

18 Community Project 50

19 Bringing in Community Members 52

Chapter 3 Strategies for Social Development 55

20 Morning Cheek-In 56

21 Listening 58

22 Asking and Answering Questions 60

23 Rate Your Day 62

24 Sharing Examples 64

25 Eye Contact 66

26 Body Language 68

27 Respect 70

28 Character Traits 72

29 Building Character 74

30 Character Map 76

31 Character Web 78

32 What Would You Do? 80

33 Complimenting Others 82

34 Problem-Solving Activity 84

35 Communication Circle 86

36 Reporting Out 88

37 Emotion Bingo 90

38 How Do I Feel Today? 92

39 Taking Turns 94

Chapter 4 Strategies for Skills Development in English Language Arts and Social Studies 97

40 Rhymes and Chants 98

41 Poetry 100

42 Read Aloud 102

43 Big Books 104

44 Audio Books 106

45 Reader's Theater 108

46 Alphabet Beat 110

47 Phonics Rock 112

48 Morning Story 114

49 Letter Writing 116

50 Crossing the Midline 118

51 Reading Buddies 120

52 Fluency 122

53 The Big 5 124

54 Word Walls 126

55 Vocabulary 128

56 Sign Language 130

57 Repeat After Me 132

58 Comprehension 134

59 Who, What, When, and Where 136

Chapter 5 Strategies for Skills Development in Science and Math 139

60 What's the Weather? 140

61 Calendar Skills 142

62 Months and Seasons 144

63 Holidays 146

64 Sorting Activity 148

65 Mental Math 150

66 Birthday Math 152

67 Number of Days in School 154

68 Linking Chains 155

69 Pattern Blocks 156

70 Money Activity 158

71 Science Journal 160

72 Nature Walk 162

73 Math Stories 164

74 Measurement 166

75 Graphing 168

76 Classroom Patterns 170

77 Shapes and Angles 172

78 Telling Time 174

79 Skip Counting 176

Chapter 6 Bonus Activities 177

80 Total Physical Response (TPR) 178

81 Let's Celebrate 180

82 Hand Jive 181

83 Sound Off 182

84 All Hands on Deck 184

85 Friendship Circle 186

86 Oral Storytelling 188

87 Task Cards 190

88 Theme Baskets 192

89 Activity Cards 194

90 Using Technology 196

91 History Detectives 198

92 Charades 200

93 Finish the Story 202

94 Alternate Endings 204

95 If I Was Anywhere in the World 206

96 Favorite Things 208

97 Rain or Shine 210

98 Fact or Fiction 212

99 Sum It Up 214

100 Bring It On 216

Chapter 7 Bringing It All Together 219

Appendix A Additional Resources 232

Appendix B Handouts, Templates, and Worksheets 236

Artwork Credits 246

Acknowledgments 247

About the Author 248

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