I love Morning Messages...they can be student led or teacher led! I actually use both. Here is a video from Caltha Crowe with Responsive Classroom to show how she uses it as part of her morning meeting every day.
Teacher part: In my class, I write a note to the students every day. I have done it on chart paper (like in the video), on the white board and now, as a power point with the overhead projector. This is where I can say good morning and share some news of the day as well as include a photograph or picture to spark conversations.
Student part: Then, I have the student portion. This is where the students answer a daily question. In the past, I have racked my brain to come up with a question such as "What is your favorite food?" or "Did you watch American Idol last night - yes or no." The students love to share their responses on the board for all to see.
This year I came across a resource that I love - 180 attendance questions or journal prompts. It is a product that is well worth the $3.50 I paid for it on Teachers Pay Teachers. It is written by the blogger at "Clutter Free Classroom" - one of my favorite blogs.
I have stapled the 180 questions and placed them by the whiteboard. I have one of my students (as their job) chose a question of the day. The resource has a spot for checking off the question once you answer it - to keep track of what you have asked. My kids love it and it takes away some of the pressure for me to think on my feet each day.