Morning Tubs - morning work that IS NOT busy work

I've talked a lot about my love for Morning Tubs.  Since changing my daily routine and starting the day with Morning Tubs, my mornings have been much more fun for my students and me.  This kind of morning work is way more engaging for my students and gives me the freedom to do ALL THE THINGS I need to do as students enter.  But morning work doesn't have to be busywork.  There are so many math skills that can be reinforced using Morning Tubs for morning work.

Get the most out of your math manipulatives by using them year round as part of your morning work with morning tub tasks.  They are perfect for morning work for first grade and will work for kindergarten morning work too.

We all have shelves of math manipulatives, and we have our go-to resources depending on the unit we are teaching in math.  Once the unit is done, then the manipulative goes back on the shelf.  I stopped putting away the manipulatives and instead repurposed them and continued to them make them accessible to the kids and they love it.

Think about pattern blocks!  Most primary teachers have a collection of pattern blocks on the shelf somewhere in the classroom but only use them during their patterning unit.  However, with a bit of thinking, there are many more ways to use them for lots of different math topics. You might be asking...what else can I use them for?

Use morning tubs with pattern blocks for an engaging and hands on way to start the day.  They are also perfect for math centers and as fast finisher activities.

These are a few of the ways I have used them.  All of these are options in my Morning Tub Tasks for Pattern Blocks set.
  1. Patterning  
  2. Geometry
  3. Symmetry
  4. Spatial Awareness 

Are you interested in finding out different options for many of your math manipulatives? 

I have a FREE SET of pattern block cover-up puzzles you can try out, and I'll share with you everything I know about using math manipulatives to start your day. 

Just click the image below to gain access to this free set and get all the info to make the start of your day easier.

If you want to check out my Morning Tub Tasks in-depth, then I've put together a handy PDF that shares all of the skills addressed using 12 different math manipulatives included in my morning tubs.  Click on the image below to download the guide and to get more information on the morning tubs.

Are you interested in trying Morning tubs for morning work but want to find out what math skills you will cover?  Click here to download a PDF Guide.

Don't forget to let me know how you use pattern blocks or any other math manipulative in your classroom.  I am always looking for new things to try.

Use math manipulatives for your morning work with morning tubs with math manipulatives.  Find out how I use counting bears for morning work and sign up to get a free set of pattern block puzzles.

Until next time,

A Quick and Easy Classroom Easter Egg Hunt

The days in the classroom leading up to Easter are exciting like any other holiday.  The children in my class are counting down the days until the Easter Bunny comes and I am trying to keep them engaged.  Some days it feels like I am fighting a losing battle.  So why not use Easter Eggs to keep them engaged?  Read on to learn about a FREE and straightforward classroom Easter egg hunt.

a quick and easy classroom easter egg hunt to practice your sight words or any other skill you would like to practice.

A Simple Way to Get Students to Add Details to their Writing

Teaching writing in first grade is a huge job.  Student ability ranges greatly.  You will have some students who are not yet able to write at all and students that are filling pages.  It is such a challenge to reach all these learners.  I want to share one simple lesson that I have been using for a few weeks that is really working in my classroom.

teach your first grade students to add more detail to their writing

Using WODB to get Students to Think Critically

Have you heard of WODB - Which one doesn't belong?  If you are old like me (gasp) you might remember the song from Sesame Street... "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn't belong"  Which one doesn't belong now takes on a math spin.  It is a great way to get your students to think critically.

I first came across WODB through twitter.  If you search the hashtag #WODB, you will find a treasure trove of images to use.  I believe this is the brainchild of Christopher Danielson who wrote the book of the same name.  Another amazing resource for images is