What better time to implement new morning work than at the beginning of the school year?! Morning work in my classroom involves 4 tubs with various items. This product includes editable labels to stick on the front of the tubs as well as schedules to tell students which table gets which tub each day of the week. This allows the students to be totally independent in taking them out and putting them away each morning. This frees up time for me to prepare lessons for the day.
I set out morning tubs 4 times a week (we go to book exchange in the library on Mondays). I used to set out paper and pencil morning work, but I would get frustrated when only half of the students would finish and the other half would still be
I now set various manipulatives, toys, books, and open-ended activities in the morning tubs. I purposely leave the activity open-ended and allow the students to explore and socialize.
Not only does it make it easier for me in the morning, but it also gives students the time to be social. I continue to feel like recess is an afterthought in many schools, so this is another way to sneak some social play into the day!
After morning tubs, we all come down to the carpet for a morning meeting and calendar time. We discuss positive behaviors we saw during “tub time” (sharing, good ideas), and identify solutions to various problems or issues (not taking turns, etc.). Within a month, I saw a positive difference in the way my first graders interacted!