Whether you call them Morning Work Tubs or Morning Work Bins or Morning Work Stations . . . engaging morning work can be the difference between loving arrival time and dreading it.
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Morning Work Tubs accomplish two very important things in my classroom. They keep my students engaged in a meaningful activity while I take attendance, talk with parents and greet students as they wander in from breakfast, a late bus or a late start to their morning. Additionally, Morning Work Tubs give me an opportunity to work in those important fine motor and sensory activities that are disappearing from our students' curriculum due to lack of time in our day. I can't say enough good things about them. And if you start them correctly at the beginning of the year, each month you can build on skills and add other academic components that extend and differentiate so that your students continue to be engaged and challenged. If it sounds like something you would like to try, I think I can help you out. Everything you need to get started with morning work stations is right here.
I've been using and blogging about Morning Work Tubs for several years now and after presenting and speaking to teachers throughout the states this past summer, I have put together a packet of materials that will guide you through setting-up, introducing and getting started with morning stations in your own classroom. These first stations will be a platform that will introduce your students to tools and activities that you can build on, extend and differentiate in the coming months.
This packet includes step by step instructions on how to set up stations, organize and introduce them to your students. Because teachers have told me they needed more than just 10 or 12 stations to get them through a month, I have 34 'I Can' activity sheets in this pack. These 'I Can' sheets also indicate the standard or skill that the activity addresses. You can choose the activities that fit your classroom best to use in your stations.
Because these stations will be used at the beginning of the year, I have also added some EDITABLE name activities that I think your students will LOVE. It's so easy. Just enter your students' names and the activities are automatically populated.
'I Can' sheet with activities in action include:
Cutting paper with fancy scissors
Cutting straws with scissors
Cutting on the lines
Linking links together
Measuring with links
Using links to link letters in your name
Use links to link numbers in order
Use links to link together letters in order
Use hole punch to make holes in paper
Use hole punches to represent a number
Use hole punch to punch out letters that do not match beginning sounds
Use dough to make letters
Use dough to make letters in my name
Use extruder to squeeze dough and cut with scissors
Match nuts and bolts by twisting them together
Connect pop beads
Connect pop beads to measure objects
Connect pop beads to make a pattern
Use push pin to follow the dotted lines to make letters in my name
Find the objects hidden in therapy putty
Find objects hidden in putty and sort them by shape
Find objects hidden in putty and sort by color
Roll the dice and use tongs to move frogs to the lily pad
Use tongs to sort pompoms by color
Use tongs to make the letters on the letter mat
Use tongs to move erasers to make letters in your name
Use a cotton swab to trace the letters in my name
Use stickers to make the letters in your name
Sort gel beads by color
Scoop, sort and connect blocks to matching base color
Use plastic tool to make designs on paper
Roll the dice and squeeze the monster to feed him
Of course, you will need some storage items to set up your stations and a few miscellaneous activity items because these stations are very 'hands on.' Most of these items you probably have already in your classroom, but in case you do not, there is a materials list included with the instructions in this packet.
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