Setting up procedures at the beginning of the year is tough.
There’s lots of different schools of thought on what to do.
For me personally, I find that morning work is a great way to squeeze in some review and set up the classroom for learning from bell to bell.
I created these for my first graders a few years back, but I still use them with students in third who require remediation.
With any new procedure, I usually take the first few times and do it whole group so I can demonstrate expectations.
Especially with firsties, neatness and accuracy is an important part of their development.
This series of morning work has a front page that focuses on phonics, letters and language. The back page focuses on numbers other types of first grade math.
Feel free to start out slow by just giving one side of the page each day. This helps to focus attention on specific skills and can lessen the overwhelm if you have reluctant writers.
The month of September features handwriting practice, phonics practice and sightwords practice. Students also work on identifying the initial sounds, median and ending sounds in a word based on a small clip art.
One of my favorite parts of my first grade morning work is that on every fifth page, I created a coloring sheet to review the phonics and math skills from the previous four days of work. The students always enjoy doing the Day 5 activity.
The math work in September features writing numbers, counting objects, using addition strategies and reading basic number sentences with the word plus.
I have first grade morning work for each month starting in August and going through June. You can find each month sold seperately on my blog by clicking HERE.