In the beginning of the year, I create a folder for each of my students. Inside the the 3-prong folder I have 5 days worth of morning work for an entire quarter. On the first day, I walk my students through the folder and we discuss what each day's work is. I typically get this work from workbooks in which I don't use every page or my teacher resource books. I try to touch on math or reading comprehension in a certain subject each day.
An example of my morning work from this quarter is as follows:
- Monday - Time for Kids worksheets (I always receive a little booklet with my TFK order)
- Tuesday - Real Life Comprehension sheets: Students look over one side of the sheet and answer questions on the back (I LOVE THESE THINGS and my students enjoy seeing which one they are doing each week.)
- Wednesday - Math Minutes: Quick worksheets that give a variety of spiral practice.
- Thursday - Detective Reading Comprehension
- Friday - Grammar practice
The Morning Work Folder enables me to get the paperwork that needs to be done first thing in the morning completed, while giving the students a routine that they are aware of and follow daily. They are usually able to complete the work in about 15 minutes and then we take an additional 5 minutes to grade it so they get immediate feedback. Each quarter, the students empty out their folder and I give them the new packet and they quickly insert in their post-it spacers again.
It's a quick and easy routine that has made my life so much easier! What do you have your students do first thing in the morning?