No Prep & Effective Morning Work!

Let me start by saying that I truly believe there are many ways to start the day right when students come to the door. However, in a 5th-grade classroom, morning work can be an effective teaching practice.

This post is my first official review of a product that is available on TPT (Teacher Pay Teachers). This post is an example of a sponsored review. Normally here I would say who this is sponsored by but in this case... no sponsor = no need! I am not being compensated for my honest opinions about the products listed below. All opinions here will always be my own!




Introduction
Imagine this: You come in at 7:40 am. Students come to the door in 20 minutes. You planned your week as per usual, but you completely forgot your morning work! You have no time to plan a thought out worksheet or questions based on Common Core Standards. You don't want them to sit there and read with no purpose. That is asking for trouble from the get-go! What do you do?
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Kristine Nannini - YoungTeacherLove
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Kristine Nannini - YoungTeacherLove
Wouldn't that be insane!?!? A lot of us create purposeful, common core aligned and interesting morning work. But, what if I told you someone already did that for you? The product is Morning Work - Bell Work: 5th Grade Math and English Language Arts Spiral Review. Set for each day of the school year! Kristine Nannini created a huge product that does exactly what I need. Here are the links to her blog and TPT store. The product has pages for all 180 days! On the TPT product website, it says "Review or “fact check” questions that either spiral back previous grade levels’ standards, or review important concepts that students need to practice." It even gives examples to help do the problems! This product is a mixture of Mathematical and ELA Common Core Standards. The first 15 pages are entirely based on 4th grade to get the students acclimated to the routine and refresh their mind to be successful in 5th grade.
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 Advantages
A lot of us, teachers, have to multitask from the moment we step from school to after school when we are planning our lessons for the upcoming days. We all look for resources that meet our standards, easy to prep, and interesting. Well, this is it! Morning Work at times seems tedious and not productive. Yet, if we make the morning work about the standards, we will further develop those necessary skills our students need for 5th grade. I like to spend my planning on ELA and Math blocks so by having a product like this affords me that opportunity. Not to say spending time to create morning work isn't important, but when someone created a product that lets you focus on what you need helps TREMENDOUSLY, you should take advantage! The worksheets are a mixture of simple and difficult questions. After having students working by themselves first, they collaborate on the difficult ones. It takes about then 10-20 minutes to complete the worksheet. I also go over the answers with the class after I take care of the morning duties.
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Disadvantages
With many created products made on TPT, not all can fit perfectly into each of our classrooms. That is why there is an infinite amount of products/strategies out there for our classrooms. This is one, despite its advantages, that can't fit in all classrooms. For one, this product audience is targeting the 5th-grade classrooms. Yes, it can be used rarely for those exceeding in lower grades or need help in higher grades, but its purpose is for 5th grade. Another disadvantage that is unfortunate is the inability to differentiate between the worksheets. Yes, you can mix it up and give each student different numbered worksheets, but then it breaks up the spiral method. What I did to combat this have I added problems on the back. However, it started to eat up into my planning time again.
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Conclusion
To say this product is a good one is an understatement. You can tell from using the product that Kristine Nannini invested so much time and research into this. This product can meet a lot of people's needs, mine included. but it, unfortunately, can't meet everyone. I know teachers who take hours in creating their morning work through their curriculum, and standards. They differentiate their morning work to meet the needs of their students. All power to them, but to take hours into morning work and not even touching the rest of your lessons is just too much. This product is not for them. If you're looking for a simple, efficient, effective, and standard based morning work with no prep involved, then this is it! Here is the link to Kristine Nannini's store and blog. I hope this review helps your decision about this product.
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Kristine Nannini - YoungTeacherLove
PS - THEY HAVE 4TH GRADE TOO!

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1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    I agree having morning routines is essential. It wakes up the brain and helps activate students' prior knowledge. I think as long as it is aligned to CCSS it is a win, win for everyone.

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