The Many Uses of Morning Work

Do you use morning work in your classroom? I love morning work. It really helps students to stay focused as everyone else files into the classroom. I also like to use them as bell work, in case math isn’t the first class of the day. It helps students to stay focused between different subjects.

I’m using my morning work pages with my children as exit tickets to use their electronic devices this summer. It keeps them focused and prevents the summer slide for math. I know lots of parents worry about reading in the summer, but sometimes they forget to reinforce math. I understand, there are so many things we as parents have to worry about. That is why I like these pages, you can half them to save on paper and also just to save on implementation. It’s just enough math to help your children review the skills.

I also like the ‘too easy’ ‘too hard’ or ‘just right’ on the bottom because then you can see how your children or students feel about that particular math concept. My daughter had fun coloring the black and white graphics when she was done too!

These morning work printables have a great format that will enable your students to work on them by themselves. This will help you free up time for last minute lesson prep. They also work well for homework. Low stress for your kids’ parents too!

I love these input/output problems. My daughter didn’t realize that each one was different based on multiplication, division, etc. So it was nice to see her solve for the correct answer.

I mentioned earlier that I used these as exit tickets in the summer, but you can use these as exit tickets during the school year too! The half-sized pages are just long enough to push your students to achieve a little bit more work before they go to recess or get to do another activity.

And hey, sometimes pups have to get into the action of morning work, especially in the summer!

To check out my morning work packets click on the following links:

Telling Time Connect the Dots

What time is it? It’s time for a free worksheet, of course!

Here’s a free download of a connect-the-dots activity with a twist. Your students should connect the dots on the face of the clock, then figure out what time it is based on the hands that they have drawn. This gives students practice with multiple Common Core skills… counting, following ordered numbers, and of course, telling the time!

While this worksheet is designed for second and third grade students, it can be used with first graders… though be aware that the first grade Common Core standard for telling the time only indicates that children should learn their hours and half hours, while this worksheet features a time with a quarter hour (the correct answer to the puzzle is 8:15). That said, it can’t hurt to teach this skill early, as the worksheet can also be fun for this grade level, and can help those students with skills with counting and learning numbers.

If you’re looking for more Common Core activities for your classroom, we have made some new products this week – Common Core task cards. There are ten cards each in six scenarios – including a trip to the beach, a visit to the veterinarian, and helping a farmer work on the farm – where kids can practice their Common Core mathematics skills in work centers in your classroom. These cards are available for second grade and third grade.

First and Second Grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This worksheet aligns with the following standards:

• 2.MD.7, Number & Operations in Base Ten:

Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

• 3.MD.1, Number & Operations in Base Ten:

Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.