Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Morning Work Buckets

What do you do in the morning when the kids first come in? 
I have tried worksheets.
Blah.
More copies to waste and papers to grade.
But, I need a little time in the morning to take attendance, check binders, and whatnot. 
You all know. 
The kids NEED something ready to go when they walk in the door while you take care of the little things.
Thus, I created Morning Buckets.

I am seriously in LOVE with Morning Work Buckets. I started out with 5 buckets. I put EVERYTHING the students need in the bucket and then place one bucket on each table. Kids come in and stay engaged with hands on activities.

I have 4 students at each table so each bucket has 5 large zip-lock bags. Each child takes a bag and gets to work. The extra bag is for the student who finishes before everyone else and needs a new activity.


This activity is my Read It, Write It, Build It pack. The are 92 sight word cards so it grows with students.

Of course, you want to make sure the students CAN independently complete the Work Bucket or assign them a buddy. I use activities that I have already taught during Guided Reading or Math Centers.

The CVC Write and Check is a Class FAVORITE. I need to make some CVCe cards next. Both of these activities come from my CVC Word Work Bundle







 I like to use year round centers rather than seasonal so I do not have to change them as often. Do you own my Year Round Domino Centers? The Number Bond Activity is a NEW ADDITION. My kids were really struggling with number bonds this year. If you already own it, but sure you re-download it to get this game. If you have grabbed, check it out HERE. It includes 5 centers and 26 printables.


Sometimes, it is NOT practical to print out 4 copies of a center. This one bucket has 4 different activities in it. All of the activities are from my Snap Cube Math Centers. It is ESSENTIAL that you teach students HOW to put everything away. Even though they each have their own bag, they never seem to put everything away. Once every week or two, we have organizing parties and make sure everything is put away.


Of course, I have a few FREE ideas for you to get started. I shared the Roll and Sight Word FREEBIE a few months ago. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.


I told you we have been working hard on our number bonds. I LOVE this Pom-Pom number bond. You can get it FREE from my Friend Lindsay at Keeping it Cool at School. If you go to her blog, you can see step by step how this game works. EVERYTHING in this unit would be perfect for a Morning Work Bucket. You can find the entire unit in her store HERE


I just wanted to sum up everything. It does take some time to organize the buckets, but it is worth it. I have 10 bags now, which means students will only do each bucket once every two weeks. I will try to create a few more over the next few weeks. Once the bags are created, they are ready for the year.

Morning buckets are fabulous because your students are doing meaningful, hands on activities. 
I do have a Morning Work Packet from an amazing Teacher Pay Teachers seller. I send it home for weekly homework.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Five For Friday

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Oh, hello. Poor blog. Oh, how I LOVE you. I'm sorry I have neglected you. 
There is no better come back then Five For Friday.
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today.
Even better, I have included a few FREEBIES and a GIVEAWAY for you.

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I posted these on Instagram earlier this week. We made this adorable craft and wrote about how to catch a Leprechaun.

You get the template for the craft FREE HERE. You need to add the black strip with gold glitter to the hat and the orange paper strips. To get the beard curled, wrap the paper around a pencil.

You can get the writing sheet FREE HERE.

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We made these adorable WANTED posters. They were allowed to name the leprechaun what ever they wanted. I printed out three different sizes of Leprechauns. We used gold coins to measure the height of our Leprechauns. 

You can get the Wanted poster and the Leprechaun's FREE HERE.

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I was so excited to FINALLY finish my St. Patrick's Day Word Work last night.



This is the only center I have made  so far. Students read the word and change the beginning sound to spell a new word. There are 7 centers so I have a LOT to do this weekend.


You can get my St.Patrick's Day Word Work for 50% off until Saturday night. That is only $3. 

Do you want MORE St.Patrick's Day freebies? Click HERE to see a post I did last year.
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If you follow me on Facebook, you have already heard that I hit 1,000 Followers on Teachers pay teachers. To celebrate, I created a NEW Freebie for you.


You are going to LOVE my St. Patrick's Day Story Problems with Math Mats. You get 8 number stories, one mat in color and black and white, manipulatives in color and black and white, a recording sheet, and 4 printable number stories. They are FREE HERE for you to enjoy. Please leave me some feedback letting me know what you think. I am working on an entire set of Spring Word Problems that should be ready soon.

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Finally, I want to celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!
One lucky follower will win $20 to spend at my store. Two lucky followers will win $10. The Giveaway goes until next Friday.
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