I'm moving from first grade to second grade in the fall; I get to take "my" kids from this year with me. I like to start the day in a way that brings the kids together and sets the tone for the day. Right now we do attendance and lunch count, then gather in the back of the room for calendar. Next, we write a morning message using interactive writing. I've gotten some great ideas from this forum about other calendar activities. I'm not going to do a morning message next year with the entire class. I'm looking for other ways to begin the day as a class. One of the students in my class has special needs; he spends most of his day in a self-contained classroom, but joins us in the morning when we begin our day. So, I need activities that are developmentally appropriate for second graders that he can take part in. Any ideas will be great appreciated. Thanks .