Monday, March 12, 2012

Morning Warm Up

Hello Everyone!
I thought I'd chat a bit about our Morning Warm-up routine. It is very important to me that kids have time to talk and share with each other when they get to school. It seems they always have a ton to say!! Years ago I would normally put out a pencil/paper activity or have a warm-up notebook with fix the sentences in it. I found these types of activities to be boring...and I know the kids did as well, so I developed some alternatives. Each day of the week there is a different activity planned. Magazine Monday, Tune Up Tuesday, Word Search Wednesday, Think Outside the Box Thursday, and Fidget With it Friday. Each day I encourage kids to share while they are reading, investigating, or manipulating. I don't have pics of Word Search Wednesday, but you can imagine sight word or chunk word games and searches.


Magazine Monday!!

Tune up Tuesday! Reading Poetry With a friend


Create and Share!


Turn it upside down!! :)


Play Doh for Fidget With it Friday!
Pipe Cleaners too!!




 

 

I know your kids will want to get to school on time so they won't miss the morning Warm Up!!
Thanks for taking time out of your day to take a peek!!  Here's to Warm Mornings!!
Joyfully!
Nancy

29 comments:

  1. Nancy,

    I so love your blog! I just also noticed you teach in Texas...me too!

    This is such a great idea. We do Breakfast in the Classroom. How long do your kiddos spend during this time?

    Come visit me if you get the chance. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  2. My kids spend about 15 minutes on morning warm ups. As soon as announcements come on, we are cleaning up and getting ready to put our nicely warmed up brains in high gear!! :)

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  3. Do you always use squiggles for Think Outside the Box Thursday? If so, do you make them up or do you get the ideas from a book?

    I really like how you maintain morning routine through predictability while still offering variety.

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  4. Ooh, I love how the kids would get to know the routine but it's still different each week and offers some creativity. I would worry that I wouldn't get enough of my review in without the pencil/paper stuff (maybe when I'm not brand new!)- but I'm wondering if maybe this can be what they do when they finish, so it's a little different every day!

    I'm a new follower of your blog :) found you through Pinterest!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  5. Hi Jenny! thanks for your comments. My Morning Warm Up is set up to only take about 15 minutes, with lots of conversation going at the same time. Kids have to have time to talk, just like you and I when we get with people. They are also set up to be something I don't have to check over.Kids who may come in closer to the bell may not get the warm up done. And that is ok. My curriculum day begins as soon as announcements are over. And we hit the gtound running!! :) Hope this helps!!
    Nancy

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  6. Kaylee, I always use a "doodle-oop" for Think Outside the Box Thursday. I used to get them from a book I've had for a gazillion years, but this year I have done my own. Very often the doodle is a shape that resembles something we've been talking about. So fun, and the kids are getting sooooo creative!!!!
    Thanks for your questions!
    Nancy

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  7. Looks great! As an early childhood turned 5th grade teacher, I love the thought of doing this for my BIG kids! Thanks so much!

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  8. I am a big believer in morning work as a way to transition from home to school. I had to do away with pencil paper tasks this year because it just wasn't working for this group. I LOVE these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Where can I get doodle oops. I've come up with a few ideas on my own for Think Outside the Box Thursday, but would love to have a back-up to go to when I'm unable to "think outside the box"

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  10. I would love to find them too!!!

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  11. Anonymous- Check out my post on Saturday, June 2 called Think outside the box for a link to my printable unit! Thanks!
    Nancy

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  12. Love your ideas! A few questions to clarify your Fidget Friday...are all kids fidgeting with the same thing? 24 kids all fidgeting with play doh? What other items are they fidgeting with?
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Hi Anonymous!
    Thanks for the question! On Fridays, the kids get to choose which "Fidget" they want to warm up with. I put out play doh, wikki sticks and pipe cleaners. I believe in giving lots of choices, (and some kids don't like the feel of play doh) I also like model magic!! Have fun! Nancy

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  14. Nancy - When your students are fidgeting on Friday, is the whole class using play doh on the same Friday (in other words, you have a class set of play doh) and on another Friday, the whole class is fidgeting with pipe cleaners? Or are students offered a variety of items to fidget with every Friday? What are some of the other items you have found to be fun for the kids to fidget with? Thanks for sharing!!!

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  15. Nancy,
    On Magazine Monday are students reading the magazines with/to each other or are they completing a project with them (i.e. cutting out the pictures from the magazines to use as a writing prompt, etc). Thanks!

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  16. Hey Anon!
    Great questions! For Magazine Monday, I have a bucket centered on each table group. In the bucket I have collected Highlights, National Geographic Kids, and a few others. I try to stay current seasonally.Kids can choose whichever mag. they want to read. Sometimes they read the stories, sometimes they read with each other. (I have old mags for cutting)
    Fidget with it Friday is student choice. I set out playdoh (I do have a class set), wikki sticks, and pipe cleaners. Sometimes I'll put out broken crayons, paper and sand paper so the kids can rub their words! I try to put out things where clean up is a snap, because it is just a warm up. I'm sure there are a zillion more things to use. If you think of any other ideas, let me know!! :)
    Nancy

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  17. i was wondering why i can't download from your site. I love your stuff! Each time i go to scribe they want me to pay for it? Please get back to me: laurel@sympatico.ca

    thanks so much

    Laura

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  18. Hey Laura!
    I am so sorry Scribd is not working for you. Many of my older docs have been archived. Not sure why! I've been going through and putting everything on google docs. So Please find the "or click here" link on most documents.
    Let me know if this is still not working for you! I'll e-mail anything you want!
    :) Nancy

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  19. I've been pinning your ideas all night! Are you on pinterest? Fantastic free printables and ideas. I still have 3 weesk of teaching left this year and can't decide whether to change my morning routine now or wait for a fresh start in September. THANK YOU for being so generous with your work.

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  20. Hi Laura,
    I have been pinning your ideas all night! You have so many great ones! Are you on pinterest too?
    Thank you for being so generous with your ideas! I have 3 weeks left in the school year and can't decide if I should change up my morning work now or wait until September to use your excellent ideas! Either way I'm excited to have found you.
    Maggie

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  21. OH, I accidentally called you Laura, not Nancy. I think I also might have posted the same message twice. Sorry! I feel like a scatterbrand. the captcha's are getting me confused!! Sorry!

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  22. I love this idea! I was looking for something new for morning work because I really don't like just giving worksheets. I really like the Monday Magazines but I don't have any! Have you just collected them over the years? I'm trying to think of a way I can make that happen.

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  23. Love this for my class. I'l be looping with them this year so it will be nice to have fresh new ideas! Any chance you could email me the "Think outside the box" activities"? I can't seem to find them. My email is kbnestor11@gmail.com

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  24. Hi Kristin, I just linked the Think Outside the Box to this post. Hope you are checking back!! :)
    Nancy

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  25. I love this! I am going to have a board game day. Don't know how to word it yet, but fun!

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  26. Love this! My kids are all ESL and multi grade 1-7. Speaking to me is often the only exposure they get, all week, to English. I love they quickly fall into their first language when speaking with each other but during out morning visit they help each other find the words to share their thoughts with me. Talking is so very important!

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  27. These are awesome. I use them with my third graders to get them going each morning while I am checking assignment books and attendance.

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  28. Hello,
    Love the idea. I changed it up just a little to fit the needs of my K kids. I saves the "think outside the box" printables, but now I can't seem to pull them up where I saved them or on your link above. Are they not posted any longer?

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  29. You are my idol. Love your blog, your resources, your awesome ideas and suggestions. Thanks so "beary" much!

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