We do a Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting. There are four components, they are:
Greeting (children quickly greet each other): I use many types of greetings to make it interesting and fun.
Sharing (children share "important news"): I have a schedule and they take turns sharing and answering questions and making comments
Activity (children participate in a community building or academic community building activity): We do lots of different activities that build our community and enhance our academics. We do lots of games, songs, poetry presentations, etc.
Message (I write a message to the kids every day that has a place for them to respond to and bridges our meeting into academics):
Dear Fantastic First Graders,
Today is Monday, April 2, 2010. Sonya is the line leader and the helper today.
We will read a book called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Think about a terrible day you've had and what happened. Put your name on the chart if you would like to share. We're going to make connections with Alexander today!
Morning Meeting starts our day in a positive way and it really meets the kids' needs of belonging, signficance and fun. I saw a big positive difference in the way my kids interacted with each other and my behavior problems went down after implementing Morning Meeting. A great book is The Morning Meeting Book by Roxanne Kriete. Good luck!