Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Morning Basket Work

I have been trying something out in my room before Christmas break for our morning work routine. I LOVED what I came up with. So....I put it all together and made it into a packet for January and February. I wanted something meaningful for my kiddos to do in the morning so the fact that it is CCSS aligned and covers reading, language arts, and math is a bonus for me. Another bonus is I can easily pull their work for a quick grade when needed.
The way I use this in my class is every student has a spiral morning basket notebook. On each page in the top corner we numbered 1-48 (48 activities in the packet). I copy and laminate each Morning Work page. My students are seated in 4 groups of 4 students. I have a basket for each table labeled Morning Basket Work (labels included in packet) I divide the 48 activities and put 12 activities each on a binder ring and put them in the basket along with the materials they will need for the activities in their basket. I leave a basket at each group for 10 days and then we rotate. If your students are not seated in groups you can assign a certain group of students to a certain basket instead. When my students come in the morning they know to get their notebook out and pick an activity from their basket. They love it and it means no running to the workroom before school to copy something for them to do or take the time to write their work up on the board. They come in and don't have to ever ask what to do. It's all taken care of. Click on the picture below to download a preview of the activities, morning work sheets, basket labels, and a detailed description of how to use.
I also want to try something a little different here. I am going to let the first 4 people that comment below have this packet for free. There is a catch though. 1) You have to have a blog of your own. 2) You have to have 200 or more followers. 3) You have to promise to use my packet in the month of January and then blog about it at the end of January or at the latest the first week in February and include at least one picture of your students using it. So really not a lot you have to do in order to get it for free. I am trying to build up my TPT followers and I thought having others blog about one my favorite products might help with that. So if this sounds like something you would like to try be the first of 4 to comment below with your blog link and your e-mail address. Now, I know I have no way of knowing if you will really follow through with your part so I'm going on the honor system here. Please only comment if you plan to do your part. I'm really excited about this!!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!


  1. Count me in!
    My Second Sense

  2. You packet looks great! I am always looking for new things to try with my kiddos!

    Swinging Through Second Grade

  3. I would love to participate! My kids would love it and so would I! I am also hosting a giveaway that I would love for you to check out when you get a chance!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  4. I would LOVE to try out your packet! I am always looking for new ideas for morning work!

    Christina :)
    Check out my blog!
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

    1. Oops. Just finished reading! DARN! I don't have 200 followers yet! :( Maybe one of these days! Thanks anyways. Keep me in mind if you need someone else!

  5. Hi Heather! It won't let me show you in a comment how to add your blog link to a comment. E-mail me and I will be glad to send you the code.