Four years ago I stopped using Morning Work. I traded Morning Work for Morning Tubs and never looked back! I absolutely love them!
First of all, what are Morning Tubs? Morning Tubs are bins of activities for your students to work on at the beginning of the day or during homeroom. The possibilities are endless, really. For younger students you could fill each bin with different types of building blocks. Or, maybe you just want your students to have time to discover and explore. Sometimes you might fill each bin with a math manipulative. For older students, STEM bins are a wonderful option. Whatever you choose to fill them with, Morning Tubs are the perfect opportunity for you to start your day with high student engagement.
We used the chart below to create a rotation. The colors stand for groups, and the letters are on the tubs. At the beginning of the day someone from each group comes and gets the tub for the group. Not only is this good for your classroom routine, when a substitute comes, your students will know exactly what to do from the beginning of the day….and you won’t have to make copies for morning work. 🙂
Use the Morning Tub Planning Sheet to help you think through how you’d like to use Morning Tubs in your classroom. It’s completely up to you how frequently you change what is in the tubs. I can tell you, though, that there is great excitement when your students find something new in the tubs!
If you’d like to learn more about Morning Tubs, you can also click here to go to an article on my blog.
Grab your FREE Morning Tub Planning Sheet here. Start planning engaging activities for the beginning of your school day!