Getting into a good routine can be a challenge at the beginning of the school year, but I’ve got something for you to help make your morning transitions into school easy and fun: the 2nd Grade Back to School Morning Bins. These morning bins offer the perfect warm-up for the day, because they engage students and get them happy to learn.
Is your morning routine a bit chaotic? Do you feel like you are wasting the first 10 minutes or so of the day? Do you panic when you realize that you forgot to print out some type of morning work for your students? You are not alone and we all hate it! Many teachers struggle with implementing productive morning routines, but I have a solution for you!
Simply put, our students come into the classroom with a lot of different needs. Some are not quite awake and need a little time to settle in before they start their day. Some students are super social and want to interact with their friends. Teachers need to take lunch count and attendance. There is a LOT to do in the morning? How do we make morning successful and exciting for kids? I have the answer….2nd Grade Morning Bins!
NOTE: Many teachers are choosing to use these as early finisher tubs or during a different part of the day. Generic labels have been included for this purpose.
What are the benefits of Morning Tubs / Bins?
The benefits of morning bins are endless!
- They are hands-on and engaging
- They provide meaningful practice for basic skills
- Students have opportunities to work on fine motor skills
- They provide group and social interaction
- These offer open-ended practice
- They can be used as an alternative to pencil/paper work
- They provide extra practice for previously taught skills
- Most importantly…they make learning FUN!
What’s included in the 2nd Grade Morning Bin Bundle?
Each monthly theme will include 21 skills. The monthly skills stay the same throughout the months, but the activities change to provide students with more challenging activities.
- 189 Morning Bin activities
- Color AND Black and White Version Included!
- Simplified Student Direction Cards
- Material List for each bin
- Morning Bin Rules Poster
- Labels for Bins (2 options)
- Teacher Progress Monitoring Sheet
- Some bins included accountably sheets, if you choose to use them
Skills included in the Morning Bins:
- Word Use
- Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
- Writing Conventions
- Spelling Conventions
- Sentences & Paragraphs
- Parts of Speech
- Logic & Critical Thinking
- Add & Subtract
- Math Fluency
- Multiplication Foundations
- Place Value
- Counting & Skip Counting within 1,000
- Measurement & Estimation
- Time & Money
- Data & Graphing
- Shapes & Fractions
- Critical Thinking in Math
- Social/Emotional: Regulating Myself and Relating to Others
Each month, you will have access to 21 NEW activities that cover the skills listed above! Certainly, these will get your kids EXCITED about morning routines! Furthermore, you will warm up those brains and start the day with engaging and purposeful activities!
Let’s take a look at each of the 2nd Grade Back to School Morning Bins in action! There is no right or wrong way to use these morning bins! For example, you can place all 21 bins out each month and have students work on an individual bin, or you can bring one bin out each day. However, I like the idea of allowing a table group of 4-6 students to work on one bin at a time. This allows them to socialize, work as partners, and learn from one another. I chose larger bins so that I could place all of my manipulatives, baskets and materials in the bins. See bottom of the post for more storage ideas.
2nd Grade Back to School Morning Bins:
Morning Bin #1: Vocabulary
Each month, students will have the opportunity to practice vocabulary skills by reading the vocabulary words and sorting the words in different groups. Then students will explain why they sorted them the way that they did.
Morning Bin #2: Word Use
Students will read the words in a set and place them in order according to the degree of their meaning.
Morning Bin #3: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
Students will read the words and find a picture to match to complete the puzzle.
Morning Bin #4: Writing Conventions
Students will read a word and decide if it needs a capital letter or not.
Morning Bin #5: Spelling Conventions
Students will read the word and decide if the underlined letters form a blend or a digraph.
Morning Bin #6: Text
Students will decide if the text is fiction or non-fiction and sort to the correct mat.
Morning Bin #7: Sentences & Paragraphs
Students will unscramble the sentence, write it and find the picture that matches.
Morning Bin #8: Parts of Speech
Students will read a word and decide if the word is a noun, verb or adjective. Then they will sort to the correct mat.
Morning Bin #9: Writing
Students will read the topic and write a fact and an opinion about the topic.
Morning Bin #10: Logic & Critical Thinking
Students will turn, read and find the matching words to complete the puzzle.
Morning Bin #11: Add & Subtract
Students will read the word problem, draw a picture and write an equation to match.
Morning Bin #12: Fluency
Students will sort the math problems to the correct sum or difference.
Morning Bin #13: Multiplication Foundations
Students will divide the counters into equal groups and write how many are in each group.
Morning Bin #14: Place Value
Students will read the number and write one less, one more, ten less and ten more.
Morning Bin #15: Counting & Skip Counting within 1,000
Students will read the number and fill in the blank boxes to match the section on the 120 chart.
Morning Bin #16: Measurement & Estimation
Students will number the items from 1 to 5 to show the order of length from longest to shortest.
Morning Bin #17: Time & Money
Students will add up the coins to find the value. Then they will find the card that has the matching value.
Morning Bin #18: Data & Graphing
Students will read the list of items, tally them and graph them on the chart.
Morning Bin #19: Shapes & Fractions
Students will find the name and matching attributes for each 2D shape.
Morning Bin #20: Critical Thinking
Students will observe the patterns of the lines and draw the lines on the next shape to continue the pattern.
Morning Bin #21: Social & Emotional
With a partner, students take turns spinning an emotion. Then they tell about a time when they felt the emotion.
To see Kindergarten Back to School Morning Bins in action, Click Here.
To see First Grade Back to School Morning Bins in action, Click Here.