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Easy Classroom Morning Routine Ideas | Morning Basket Activities

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The Perfect Morning Routine for the Classroom

Routines are the backbone of classrooms in schools near and far. Creating a morning routine, in particular, is the best way to ensure a smooth transition into the learning zone for your students. Yes, some days are not always going to go to plan. But, if you start the day right, you are setting yourself and your students up for success for the day ahead.

In my classroom, students had set jobs they had to do before moving onto a morning task! Students knew that they needed to come into the classroom with their homework folders daily – this was so that sight words and readers could be used in the classroom at their level. They also brought in a water bottle (especially on a hot summer’s day in Queensland) and any notes from home. Each of these items had a specific spot in the classroom, and students were required to place their belongings away in the correct spot.

I often had classical music playing in the background when students entered the classroom. This calmed the students and they were less inclined to act up.

For more ideas about using music in the classroom, read our blog, Powerful Ways to Use Music in the Classroom.


Students Express How They are Feeling

Next, the students needed to reflect and think about how they were feeling, they then placed their name on their current emotion. This was a fantastic indication of what you should be doing or planning to do that morning.

If more than half of your class are tired and cranky, maybe getting outside to do some exercise will ease them into the day so that your middle and end sessions are more productive.


Students Get Ready for Learning

After the students had put their belongings away and had expressed how they were feeling. The next thing they needed to do was to get ready for the day. Having a sharpened lead pencil was the number one item that was a must.

I also displayed the classroom schedule timetable for the students to peruse. They could easily see what equipment was needed for the first lesson.

Students needed to make sure that they had that equipment on their desk ready to go.


Morning Activity Ideas

Once the above jobs had been completed, students were then able to start their morning activity. These tasks are not meant to be full on, instead, just a way for the students to relax and get into the learning zone!

These activities worked best if they were set-up as individual work.

Morning Basket Activities

This particular morning activity idea worked really well in my early years classroom. I would pick 4-5 activities and organised them into baskets. These activities stayed the same for the whole week and students were instructed to pick a different activity each morning.

These morning basket activities are designed to be hands-on activities that consolidate basic concepts such as letters and numbers. Harder concepts can be used for older year levels.

Here are some suggested resources that you could use during your morning routine:

Image of Numbers to 20 Cupcake Match-Up Activity

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Numbers to 20 Cupcake Match-Up Activity

Use this match-up activity to consolidate your students' knowledge of numbers to 20.

Teach Starter Publishing20 pagesYears: P - 1
Image of Shape Playdough Mats for Fine Motor Development

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Shape Playdough Mats for Fine Motor Development

A set of 6 shape playdough mats to help children develop their fine motor skills and identify different 2D shapes.

Teach Starter Publishing11 pagesYears: P - F
Image of 1 to 20 Car Park Number Match

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1 to 20 Car Park Number Match

A car park themed number matching activity to use in the classroom when identifying the numbers from 1 to 20.

Teach Starter Publishing4 pagesYear: F
Image of A to Z Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets for Fine Motor

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A to Z Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets for Fine Motor

A set of alphabet handwriting worksheets to help children develop their fine motor skills and their knowledge and recognition of letters and sounds.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: P - 1
Image of 3D Objects Dominoes

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3D Objects Dominoes

A set of dominoes to help students consolidate their understanding of 3D objects.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: F - 2
Image of Phonics Flashcards and Progress Tracker - Skateboard Theme

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Phonics Flashcards and Progress Tracker - Skateboard Theme

A set of CVC, CCVC and CVVC word flashcards in a skateboard theme with an accompanying skateboard ramp to monitor student progress.

Teach Starter Publishing26 pagesYears: 1 - 6

Visual Writing Prompts

Use our visual writing prompts widget as a writing prompt. Students can use the illustrations as a stimulus to begin to write a narrative or they could simply describe what they see in the photo.

 

Another idea is to have a jar of writing prompts printed out, students grab a writing prompt and go back to their desk and write! Our new gratitude journal writing prompts are perfect for this!

Morning Work PowerPoint

A simple morning activity on the whiteboard was another easy task that I would have ready for the students to complete. We have a range of morning work PowerPoints that have around 50 activity ideas available.

Display the PowerPoints for your students to work through the different activities.

 

Image of Foundation Morning Work PowerPoint

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Foundation Morning Work PowerPoint

An engaging 78 slide PowerPoint to use in the classroom for morning work.

Teach Starter Publishing78 pagesYear: F
Image of Lower Years Morning Work PowerPoint

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Lower Years Morning Work PowerPoint

An engaging 78 slide PowerPoint to use in the classroom for independent morning work.

Teach Starter Publishing78 pagesYears: 1 - 2
Image of Middle Years Morning Work PowerPoint

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Middle Years Morning Work PowerPoint

An engaging 77 slide PowerPoint to use in the classroom for independent morning work.

Teach Starter Publishing77 pagesYears: 3 - 4
Image of Upper Years Morning Work PowerPoint

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Upper Years Morning Work PowerPoint

An engaging 79 slide PowerPoint to use in the classroom for independent morning work.

Teach Starter Publishing79 pagesYears: 5 - 6

Finishing Off Folder

Students often had finishing-off folders in their desk trays in my classroom. If I knew there was a backlog of work that needed finishing, I would just write ‘Finishing-off folders’ on the whiteboard. They knew that this meant they needed to go through their folders and begin to finish off the work.

Classroom Word Grid

Set up a Boggle display for your students to write down as many words as they can when once they have done their morning jobs. Change it up by changing the letters each morning.

Read more about using these letter tiles in the classroom on our blog, 5 Ways to Use Letter Tiles in the Classroom.

What do you set up in your classroom?

Let us know in the comments section of this blog.

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  • Natalie
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    I have tried clicking on the morning basket activities but nothing opens

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      Hi there Natalie, have you tried clicking on the Teaching Resource links within the blog? If you continue to experience difficulties, please contact us at [email protected] and we would be more than happy to talk you through this process.

  • Natalie
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    Great ideas! Where can I find the resources ?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Natalie, The resources can be accessed by clicking on the pictures and the links in the blog. Suggested resources are also listed at the bottom of the post.

  • Jo
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    Thank you!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      You're most welcome!

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