Free printable - Morning work/bellwork

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  1. kassrose

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    Jul 28, 2010

    Hey everyone,

    I spent hours figuring this out so I thought I'd share in case someone else needed something similar. Basically, it's a daily worksheet to be completing as morning work/bellwork. The first box is the "Answer of the Day" box. I will write the answer on the board (ex - 1,000 or Barack Obama) and the kids will write the questions (ex - What is 500x2? or Who is our president?). The second box is for the kids to choose their mood. Mostly, it's just fun, but it also lets me see if they are starting the day in a bad mood, so I can watch for ways to help that child/cheer them up. The third box is for spelling words, they will just copy them. We have 20 so 4 words x 5 days means they get through the list by Friday. The last box is for a journal entry, they will either free write or answer a question I provide.

    It's two pages, the first page has a large left margin and the second page has a large right margin so you can print them back to back and then bind/staple on the left side.

    Printable can be found here - http://pdfcast.org/pdf/morning-challenge
    You have to click "read online" to see both pages.

    Also, I'm a new teacher, so if anything has ideas on how to improve this I would appreciate them. I'm thinking the kids can get through it in about 15-20 min (5th grade). Does that sound right?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. PCdiva

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    I'm not a 5th grade teacher....like your idea but Im very into positivity, how about instead of choosing their mood *bc I feel that if they say they are in a bad mood then they will be* Have them write one thing that made them happy or one good thing that happened to them or one thing they are thankful for from the day before.

    I like the format though...its consistent and should be a good routine for them!
     
  4. Lynn K.

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    I thought the same thing about the smiles. I love, love, love everything else, but I've known some kids who would color a mad or sleepy circle every single day just to be contrary. I like PCDiva's idea to focus them on the good.
     
  5. S Dubb

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    I, too, agree with what's been said. Thank you for posting this! Can anybody think of anything other quick challenges that could be added to it? Maybe something like giving them X number of words to put in alphabetical order? I really love the answer/question part.
     
  6. Ms.Jasztal

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    This is a very good idea... though I am doing something different with a daily math and science problem, you are inspiring me to come up with a response sheet, perhaps, with word study, space to answer the questions, and a few other components.
     
  7. TeachingTy2010

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    thank you so much! because I was getting lost with morning work ideas
     
  8. Hoot Owl

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    Love the idea, too. I think the kids have to be just like us, put a bad mood to the side and get down to the business of learning/teaching.

    I know there's been times in my life I was thankful I could go in my classroom, close the door, and get to work because stuff in my life was challenging. My daughter had a serious heart condition for five years before they fixed it so I was thankful I could get my mind off of it while I was at school.
     
  9. CFClassroom

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    Love the answer of the day idea! Thanks for sharing.
     

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