Morning Baskets and Sight Words

It’s been a whirlwind these past few weeks! We had our first big dance competition this weekend, and I also had report cards due, so life was a bit…crazy!

I thought I would share with you what’s been in my  morning baskets lately.

The children complete the activities in these baskets after they finish their morning jobs.  We will only work in them for about 10-15 minutes, so the activities are quick and highly engaging!

I pulled out a lot of Lakeshore activities that I had on my shelves this time…


While the children are working in their morning baskets, I am finishing up reminding kids to make lunch choices, children are bringing library books down, I am entering attendance/lunch choices, etc.  We will work with the activities for about 10-15 minutes – some children work longer if they complete their morning jobs quickly.  We go straight into our daily calendar right after morning baskets!

I also wanted to share with you how I am tracking our sight words this year! 


Last year, each child had individual ice cream scoops like these


As they mastered each set of 10 words, they got another set of a different color and added a scoop to their ice cream cone.  They LOVED watching their ice cream scoops grow!


Because I have a larger class, I decided I wanted to do a big giant scoop!  The scoop that is in my room now has pictures of each child on the scoop that designates which set of cards they are working on.  As they master a set of cards, they move their picture up one scoop!  The children LOVE it!  They are so excited to learn their sight words!

I use these packets for my sight word work: (just click on the image to go to see more)

Scoopin' Up Sight Words!  Programmable Word Wall! Sticky Sight Words! Activities to Make Sight Words Stick!

I still have 2 days left of work this week!  I will be back tomorrow to share what we did for centers over the last 2 weeks!

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  1. So cute! I love the idea of morning work baskets! How do you decide who does what? Or do the students decide? Thanks for the great ideas. I love reading your blog!

    Teaching with Grace

  2. @Jennifer - each table has a new basket each day. I just use a simple rotation chart!

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