In my classroom, students start each morning by completing a page from my Daily Morning Work resource.
Before we started a morning work routine, our mornings were chaotic. Students were were lingering in the hallway, socializing, or using the time to read or finish work from the previous day. Trying to complete those important morning tasks and get the students ready to start the day was crazy! You know how that goes, right?!
Well, I knew that something needed to change. I needed something that was engaging enough to get my students excited to work each morning. But, I also needed something that would help them review important concepts they needed practice with.
This resource is intended to get your students started off on the right track each morning. By using my Daily Morning Work, your students will develop a strong routine and receive constant review of Common Core-aligned problems. Because this resource allows your class to work indepently, you will have time to take attendance and get organized for the day while they work.
This resource includes a special section of teacher instructions to help you get started. In these teacher instructions, you will find information on how this resource is organized, ideas on how to assemble this resource, printing instructions, and copy/paper-saving ideas. I also answer questions about grading morning work and even give you ideas on implementation!
For teachers interested in organizing their students’ work into a 3-ring binder, I have included binder covers and binder spines.
Each resource is a year-long resource with 36 weeks of content. Each week, the first four pages are a mix of both math and language questions, with each question aligned to a specific Common Core Standard.
I worked very hard on each individual question in these resources. Knowing how important (and difficult) it can be to keep my students engaged, I made sure each page is full of visual examples with problems and questions that are fun for students to complete!
For example, instead of having students simply write numbers in standard and word form, they can fill out a personal check for fun and real-world practice. Other examples include answering problems to solve riddles, games, crossword puzzles, color by number, calculating batting averages of famous baseball players, etc., etc.!
In addition to being fun and engaging, it is also important that the problems are aligned to the standards and stretch your students’ thinking. The problems are designed to be intuitive and allow your students to complete them independently. So, new and difficult concepts are introduced with appropriate examples and hints to allow autonomy.
With both grade levels, you will also find vocabulary questions or a Greek/Latin affix question on each page. Since it can be tough to squeeze these important concepts in, reviewing them in our morning work has been so helpful for my students to get the extra practice! Below are a few snapshots from 5th grade:
There are also a series of review or “fact check” questions that either spiral back previous grade levels’ standards, or review important concepts that students need to practice. Some review concepts include elapsed time, money/making change, grammar, fractions, cursive, editing sentences, geometry questions from previous grade levels, letter writing, addressing envelopes, locating continents, and many more!
The fifth page of each week contains a reading passage with either questions or a graphic organizer for students to complete. Each reading passage is aligned to the Reading Literature or Reading Informational standards.
The first fifteen pages of the 5th grade resource are aligned to the 4th Grade Common Core Standards. The first fifteen page of the 4th grade resource are aligned to the 3rd Grade Common Core Standards. This is so you can start your year with this resource and review last year’s concepts before jumping into 5th grade material.
Last but not least, I’ve included answer keys! Detailed answer keys are included with the standards listed for each problem.
You can download the preview to get two free weeks to try out in your classroom! Click the button below to grab this 5th Grade freebie!
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You can download the preview to get two free weeks to try out in your classroom! Click the button below to grab this 4th Grade freebie!