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    By jl

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    I usually have my students follow this schedule:

    Monday and Thursday: Journal writing (I write the topic on the board to cut back on photocopying)

    Tuesday: Math problem of the day. Our Math series comes with a standing chart with the problems/graphics already displayed, but you could use a standing tablet chart and write the problem of the day on that. I often let them work in pairs at this because some of the problems are a challenge!!!

    Wednesday and Friday: Daily Language Activity (some schools call in Daily Oral Language) in which the students edit sentences/paragraphs for grammar, spelling, punctuation errors. I have the sentences on a transparency and display them on the overhead in the a.m. The students make the corrections in their DLA notebooks. Our reading series supplies the DLA sentences, but you could easily make some up to match your spelling and grammar lessons for the week.

    Other suggestions: one morning could be silent reading, write a letter to the teacher, draw a picture related to science/social studies concepts, write spelling sentences, abc order, etc. If you need to give math work, try assigning a page from the text to cut back on photocopying.

    Morning work is important because they need this time to settle into the routine of the day, and we need the time to check homework, agendas, etc., but I like to keep a little variety in the routine so as to keep interest levels high. Good luck.



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