College Week Reboot - Morning Meetings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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**In the last couple of years, I've updated these plans quite a bit and added more visuals to them so they would work for younger grades as well! To find them ready-made, check them out here in my TpT store.

TpT College Week activity pack for elementary students

Last year I really scrambled to put together a college week; this year I had bigger plans and a super co-counselor who was as passionate as me about really rocking the college and career components of our program this year. Our school's daily schedule is TIGHT (I mean, can't-cram-anything-else-can-barely-fit-science sort of tight) and so we knew that any programming needed to integrate into what was already happening in our classrooms and curriculum. One of the ways we managed this was through creating Morning Meeting plans (sans greetings) for the week. This is the overview for the plans for my 3rd and 4th graders (though I think this could work for 2nd-6th):

Monday:
Activity
College Mythbusting
Share
What are some colleges you’ve already heard of or know about?
Message
“This week is a special week called College Week. I went to college at ______ to study _______. What is 1 thing that you already know about college?”



Tuesday:
Activity
I Have, Who Has w/Local Colleges
Share
Who is someone you know that is in college or went to college?
Message
“Yesterday you thought about what you already know about college. Today, think of 1 question you have about college.”


Wednesday:
Activity
Inside/Outside Discussion
Share
If you were creating a college, what would you call it?
Message
“Colleges come in all shapes and sizes. Some are in the country, some are in the city. Some are old, some are new. Some are big, and some are small. Have you ever been on a college campus?”

Yes

No

I’m Not Sure



Thursday:
Activity
Majors A to Z – going around in a circle, students take turns naming things starting with A to Z that you might be able to study in college. Teacher matches what was said with a major of study (ex: Student says “castles”, teacher says “European history”. Student says “Macaroni and cheese”, teacher says “Culinary arts”.)
Share
What do you think you’d like to study or major in in college?
Message
“In order to get into college and graduate from college, you need to be college-ready. One part of being college-ready is being a strong writer. What other ways can you be college-ready?”



Friday:
Activity
Three Corners
Share
What did you learn about college this week?
Message
“Each and every one of you is capable of going to college – I know you can do it. Sign your name on this message if you’re planning to go to college.”

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