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    Morning work
    By Phyllis

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    Each Monday morning my students find on their desks a brightly colored piece of paper with a Little Lesson on it for the first 4 days of the week. Each lessons contains 2 analogies, 2 math, 2 English, 2 social studies,2 science questions plus a What Every Kid Should Know. Most of the questions are things they can look up in their textbooks or reference books we have in class.They begin on the day's Little Lesson as soon as they enter the class and unpack their backpacks (7:45). The answers are checked and the correct answer written on the board at 8:10. They correct their papers or fill in those they didn't complete. On Fridays, they have a 20 question +2 bonus question test over the week's Little Lessons. If they make 90 or better, they get ice cream on Friday afteroon. The grade on this activity is used for any subject I choose. During the second semester, the analogies category is changed to research. The first year I did these, it took most of Sunday afternoon to compose that week's Little Lesson. Now I have them for each week. Sometimes I revise one to give additional practice in something they need and sometimes to introduce bit by bit something that is difficult for them. Parents say they just love it. I would be happy to share an example if you think it might work for you.

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