Greeting Idea: Backward Day Handshake

Greeting Idea: Backward Day Handshake

Vento_032Here’s a Morning Meeting greeting idea from 80 Morning Meeting Ideas for Grades K2, by Susan Lattanzi Roser:

Backward Day Handshake Greeting

Students pass along a friendly handshake, but say the greeting backward.

How to do it:
  1. Choose a student to begin the greeting.
  2. The first greeter shakes hands with the person to her left and says, “[Alexis], morning good!”
  3. The receiver responds, “[Gabriella], morning good!”
  4. Continue around the circle until all have been greeted.

Tip for Success: Model friendly handshaking and saying a backward greeting. Display a chart with backward greetings for reference (for example, “Max, you to Tuesday happy!”).

Skills: sequencing, sentence structure


  • Later, do other Morning Meeting components backward. For example, read the message backward or sing a song backward. (Model and practice beforehand.)
  • Shake hands with hands behind back and try to maintain eye contact.


Tags: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Building Classroom Community, Kindergarten, Language Arts