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Old 12-30-2007, 10:34 PM
 
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I need some help with activities for morning work...that 15 minute period before announcements when the kiddos are still arriving and need a task. I've found that they really like the predictability and routine of coming in and grabbing a worksheet. Since they're still pretty sleepy at that hour, they haven't been too enthusiastic when I've tried to make morning work choices more open-ended or creative. Anyway, I am wondering if anyone knows of a site or anything with some good first grade activities I can use for this purpose? I have been to Carlscorner.us and LOVE it. I'm looking for more math reinforcement activities...but any ideas or sites would be much appreciated! Thanks!



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My morning work is usually a handwriting practice, either letters or numbers. I have a lot of number reversals in my class. I try to fit in a small handwriting lesson when I can, and our district has a handwriting specialist that goes around to all of the elementary schools and teaches handwriting lessons. We get her about once a month. She gives us practice worksheets to reinforce what she has taught.

I also have a book that has math worsheets that include 4 or 5 problems for each day of the week.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:31 AM
 
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We usually do math pages (we use Investigations and it lacks paper pencil practice) for our morning work. We made some at aplusmath.com....This year we have a set schedule for morning work:

M--Vocabulary word (we use Rigby and we have three words per week, we made dictionary...they add the def. and a picture)
T-vocab word
W-vocab word & spelling 2 times each ( finish during reading centers)
Th--math sheet
F-math sheet

Hope this helps!

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Here are a few sites to try that have some worksheets you can print out :

http://www.schoolexpress.com/fws/cat.php?id=2301

http://www.kidzone.ws/grade1.htm

http://www.educationcreations.com/al...2j298y5712.htm


http://www.tlsbooks.com/firstgradeworksheets.htm

http://www.mathfactcafe.com/

http://superkids.com/aweb/tools/math/

http://themathworksheetsite.com/

I hope this helps!
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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I have the kids get their zip lock bag book out (the one they took home last night and read--from Readers Workshop/Guided Reading and/or from the Reading Recovery teacher). After they've read their book again, I allow them to continue reading any book from my classroom library, read the room, read big books, or use the writing center. Kids might write the room, write on white boards, magnadoodles, use magnetic letters, write a note, do a survey, etc. It's all READING AND WRITING!!!

Our paper supply has really diminished in the last year...which led me to find alternative things for the kids to do when they come in in the morning. I'm glad that happened because I found the morning work worksheets to be a big pain. Kids either did the work quickly and needed something else to do anyway...or needed help! Then there's finding time to check the darn things. I already have math and spelling homework to check most days.

I love having the kids very independent in the a.m. That way I can do the lunch count and online attendance and then am free to work with kids and have time to chat with them, too!

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We too are having a paper crunch at our school so using a worksheet daily for morning work is out. This year I created morning journals - 3-prong folders that I fill with lined paper. The kids write the date at the top of their page then I write 2 DOL sentences on the board for the kids to copy and fix. I also include a math problem such as putting up a clock for them to write down the time, putting up pictures of coins that they have to name and give the value of or a simple word problem for them to write a number sentence for. Sometimes I have them create fact families. It depends on what were doing in math. All of these things are a review of what we've already done together and the kids are allowed to talk quietly and help each other out when needed. Some days, if I have the time, I go around to each child and check their work (those days they get stickers for completing their work). The kids don't know when I'm checking so try hard to get the sticker whenever they can. After the announcements we go over the work together and they correct their papers. Once in the routine it only takes about 15 minutes to complete.
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We use our journals also to do DOL or write about a topic given to them on the board. We also answer the "question of the day on the board", (a simple yes/no question that they either put a tally mark up or place a clothespin on the yes or no side) they often then write about the question and their response in their journals for bellwork (work done before announcements). It's a fun way to start the day!
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I usualy do three DOL sentences on the board, combined with some math problems, words to put in ABC order, money to count, telling time, map skills (using the map in their social studies book), etc. The children use handwriting paper for this activity. I think it is a really good learning activity! You can add whatever skills you need!
Oh! After my students finish their "Boardwork" then they do a journaling activity. I usually write a prompt on the board. They have the option to use my prompt or free write. I have had my students do a journaling activity every moring for the past twelve years. I feel that it is such a good form of assessment! My students love their journals and get so excited to get their new journal each month!
Once upon a time, I found a website that had morning activities that was called "Mountain Math"? Google it and see what you think. I think that was the name of it! Good luck!
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