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Morning Message

Jane Seevers


The MORNING MESSAGE is a shared reading with emphasis placed on concepts of print and phonetic principles. A designated student points to words in the message as it's read, then illustrates a printed copy of the message.


The student understands how print is organized and read (for example, locating print on a page, matching print to speech, knowing parts of a book, reading top-to-bottom and left-to-right, sweeping back to left for the next line).

The student understands basic phonetic principles (for example, knows rhyming words; knows words that have the same initial and final sounds; knows which sound is in the beginning, middle, end of a word; blends individual sounds into words).

The student dictates messages (for example, news, stories).


-Marker board, chalkboard, or chart paper
-Writing tool (marker or chalk)
-Easel (if using chart paper)
-Three ring binder (for collecting printed copies of Morning Messages)


1. Prepare board or chart paper for writing activity.
2. Gather writing tools.


1. Call students together at a special gathering place for Morning Message. Begin discussion of calendar activities.
2. Write the first sentence of the message on the board. (example: Today is Monday, October 25,1999.) Enlist help from students by asking questions such as: “What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word 'today'?- and -Who can tell me how to write the word 'is'?”. Continue to keep interest of students by asking questions and discussing ideas as you write.
3. The second sentence may include a special area class the children will attend that day (example: We will go to Art.). Children provide ideas for this sentence.
4. The star or student of the day is asked to come to the teacher and whisper some news he /she would like to share with the rest of the class. The teacher adds this information to the rest of the news. Example: Sally said, “I like pumpkins.” Explain how to use sound/symbol information to figure out certain words i.e. /p/, /m/, /p/, /k/, /n/, for pumpkin. Practice this skill.
5. The star uses the pointer to point to the words in the message as the teacher and class read the entire news. The star shows knowledge of print as he uses one to one correspondence, left to right progression, return sweep, etc.
6. Other students may take turns pointing to the words in the message for rereading if time permits.
7. Type and print a copy of the Morning Message for the star student to illustrate.
8. The copy of the message is added to a book of collected Morning Messages. Students will enjoy reading this book during reading time.


-Each student, on the star day, dictates in sentence form, some news for the Morning Message.
-Each student on his/her star day shows an understanding of how print is organized and read by using the pointer to show one to one correspondence, left to right progression, and return sweep for next line.
-Through group discussion and teacher observation, students apply knowledge of basic phonetic principle by knowing the beginning sound of a word and by blending individual sounds into words.


It would be helpful to do calendar activities before doing the morning message so that student knowledge about days and dates will be accurate and fresh in their minds.

I use Morning Message every day.

Attached Files

A sample of student work from a Morning Message lesson.     File Extension: pdf

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