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Greetings and Check-in Prompts

Part of the Virtual Crew Collection

In planning and facilitating virtual crew, the goal is to nurture the sense of belonging, purpose, and agency that students need during this time by making space for them to

  • process their emotions
  • connect with, care for, and find moments of joy and fun with each other
  • learn, talk, and think critically about the times that we’re in
  • advocate and develop skills for themselves and others as virtual learners
  • take actions, however big or small, to better themselves, families, and community

Check-ins (more personal) and greetings (sillier, more active) can serve any of these purposes, but are often especially good for processing emotion and supporting connection, care, and joy.

Check in prompts:

  • Share a rose, a thorn, and a bud that’s happening in your household or neighborhood right now because of our school shutting down.
  • We are all “social distancing” now, which means we have a lot more personal space.  Some people like that, and some people hate it! How do you feel about having a bigger “bubble” --what are the pros and cons for you?
  • Who are you most worried about in your family, neighborhood, or community? Tell us a story that honors that person and the gifts they have brought to your life.
  • Let’s think up some fun and noisy ways to support one another while still social distancing (watch this video of Italians singing on their balconies)
  • Give a shoutout from someone in your crew! How are they keeping you motivated?
  • What is something relaxing you did yesterday? How do you care for yourself?
  • If you suddenly won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  • If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would you choose and why?
  • What is your ideal job? Or what do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What is a quirky, or unusual habit of yours?
  • What are you excited about for this upcoming year? Worried about?


(Note: we use “Greetings” to mean the somewhat sillier, more active ways to open a meeting. Sometimes students will need these, especially younger students; sometimes a silly greeting would be totally wrong. We include some for when you need them!)

For Primary and Elementary

Morning Wake-Up Song:

“I woke up this morning and I ______________ out of bed,

Shuffled to the kitchen and I got myself fed

Now I’m going to put something in my head

Gonna read, gonna write, gonna try with all my might

Singin’ doo-wah diddy-diddy dum diddy dum”

(Repeat “doo-wah …” quietly and then loudly)

“All right” (clap on these words)

Active Intro: One at a time, students greet the group by saying “Hi, I’m (action + name).” The action must start with the same letter as the student’s name. An example would be, “Hi, I’m Jumping Judy.” The student says her name and does the action at the same time. The class responds with “Good Morning Jumping Judy,” including the action.

Friday Greeting: 

Group: “Hello, _____________ !

The weekend is near!

What are you going to do when it’s here?”

Individual: “Hello, everyone! I’m going to ______________ !”

Group: “Got it! or Have fun!”

Group greets the next person, and continues this pattern around the group until everyone has been greeted.

Tour the Office: Online school is your job working from home. Please show us “your office,” the space where you do your work at home.  Tell us what tools you have there and how your office space helps you do your work.

For Secondary

Lip Sync Video: Post a lip sync video of one of your favorite songs. Here’s an example:

Dance Moves: Pop on your video and show us your best moves for today’s song. (Songs you know students love now are best; some additional throwback suggestions to make them laugh are Katrina and the Waves, Walking on Sunshine; Village People, Y.M.C.A.; Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive; Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive; Billy Idol, Dancing With Myself.)

Have an example to share? We are learning alongside you about what virtual crew can look like, and welcome your contributions. Use this form or email Sarah Norris at

And for treasure hunters out there, we are maintaining this public folder with everything we find. 


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