Saturday, May 17

Bright Ideas - Morning Routines Made Easy

As you know, mornings can be absolutely nutso with interruptions and surprises.

In order to tackle a few routines and make life a wee bit easier, here are a few things that have worked for me.

Here are two routines that really helped simplify my mornings...

Tub to return Book Club Envelopes (along with numbered duct tape on the envelopes)...

and magnetic Morning Jobs board...

(I'm super sorry for the less than stellar images....darn glossy laminate!)



Here's a little bit more on...

We start at the very beginning of the year with the first 3 items...we build muscle memory for those jobs with step by step practice & choral reading on a daily basis.

Once they're pretty solid on those three (and once guided reading and Everyday Math Homelinks begin), we add jobs 4-6 and repeat the process of building muscle memory in similar ways as at the beginning of the year. More about job 4 in a minute...


After a few weeks of deepening all six routines, we add #7. 

And now for this super handy tub...

Each Book Club Group (guided reading) is assigned a color....red, orange, yellow, green, blue...

Each envelope has corresponding duct tape in the upper right corner to make it easy for students to correctly put their envelope in their section. And, when groups change, it's actually pretty easy to take the duct tape off the envelope.

Each group has a section in the tub, in front of the fancy dancy (Ha.) divider. 


To make the dividers I trimmed 12x12 cardstock to the width of old, icky whiteboards (cuz they're hard and I'm a fan of re-purposing stuff), folded the cardstock in half and adhered it to the whiteboard using clear packing tape.

More functional than classy, but oh well.  
One side of the divider says Put in Book Box, the other says Keep in Envelope...that's because we almost always focus on a guided reading book for two days...and on new book days they put their current book in their book box...on reread days they keep it in the envelope.

A student flips those divider signs accordingly at the end of the group time so it's ready for the next day's meeting
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What morning routines do you have that help start the day smoothly-ish?

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Monday, May 5

Common Core Crunch - May

Are you in the middle of assessment-city?

Me, too!

And though it's that magical time of year when first graders are becoming second graders and more independent...we've got to get keep them engaged! The more interactive, the more engaged and the more independent they are...which means we can get through our assessments more quickly and back to teaching!!!

Some of the work I've been having my firsties work on include both May Common Core Crunch packs - ELA & Math.



Growing Firsties - Common Core Crunch - May Math
Growing Firsties - Common Core Crunch - May Math


Growing Firsties - Common Core Crunch - May Math

Growing Firsties - Common Core Crunch - May ELA

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Growing Firsties - Common Core Crunch - May ELA

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