We are on our 5th round of morning tubs, and my students still absolutely love this time in our day. It gives them a chance to socialize with other students in the morning, while being creative and using their imaginations.
What does my morning look like?
I get asked a lot about my schedule and how long all of this lasts. My students can start coming into the classroom at 8:00, but the tardy bell does not ring until 8:15. Some bring breakfast to the classroom as well. This makes it very difficult to do any type of whole group instruction first thing in the morning. Even if I could, I really think that the students need to come in and have some time to adjust to the day. After the students put their coats and backpacks away, they complete the Morning Work on their desks. Since the morning work follows the same type of format each morning, it really only takes them about 5-10 minutes to finish it. Then, they go to their tub for the morning. I post my Morning Tub rotation on the board, and we rotate each group every 3 days. This allows me to only have to switch out tubs every 18 school days. Around 8:30, we clean up our tubs and go over our morning work together. Then, we are ready to start our day with our Morning Meeting time.
What is in our Morning Tubs this time?
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I ordered these Quadpro Magnetic Blocks from Amazon. My own son also got a set for Christmas from my parents, and they are so much fun!
This set came with magnetic squares and triangles. The students have been so creative with these.
In our next tub, I placed these winter themed coloring sheets from Creative Clips.
For our third tub, I purchased these Keva Brain Builder blocks.
The box came with these small wooden pieces and cards with items to make using the blocks.
My students are always thrilled when they get to build things. I do wish that these came with more wooden pieces, but the students are having to cooperate together to make the items.
Our fourth tub contains Rory’s Story Cubes. This is the original set, but they do have other sets of these cubes that I may look into purchasing.
I placed the Story Cubes along with a pad of writing paper in the tub. I gave them the option of deciding how many cubes to roll. I love that they have to be really creative in their writing to include each of the pictures that they rolled on the dice.
Our fifth and sixth tubs are repeat tubs of geoboards and pattern blocks. These math manipulatives never get old. The students love them.
This is definitely one of my students favorite times of the day.
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