Since the holiday season is upon us, I’m bringing you the 2nd Grade December Morning Bins in the hopes that these might cut down on a bit of the stress for you. Most likely by this point in the year, your students are in a good routine, but you might need some extra help keeping them engaged and focused. The December Morning Bins are here for just that reason! They are fun and hands-on activities that students can use to practice the grade-level standards they have been learning in the year so far.
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 December Morning Bins in action!
Morning Bin #1: Vocabulary
Students will read the vocabulary words, sort them into groups, and explain why they sorted them the way they did.
Morning Bin #2: Word Use
Students will read a suffix word, find the picture that matches and sort it to the correct suffix mat.
Morning Bin #3: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
Students say the word, listen for the ew or oi sound, add letters to complete the word, and sort it to the correct mat.
Morning Bin #4: Writing Conventions
Students will read the sentence and decide if the singular, plural or possessive noun should complete the sentence.
Morning Bin #5: Spelling Conventions
Students will read the word, identify the long i spelling pattern, and match the word to the correct picture.
Morning Bin #6: Text
Students will pick 6 words, put them in alphabetical order on the dictionary page and write the guide words on each page.
Morning Bin #7: Sentences & Paragraphs
Students will read the sentence and rearrange and/or change the words to make a new sentence that has the same meaning.
Morning Bin #8: Parts of Speech
Students will match the singular and irregular plural noun with the matching pictures.
Morning Bin #9: Writing
Students will roll a die to get a setting, character and plot. Then they will write a story using the story elements.
Morning Bin #10: Logic & Critical Thinking
Students will look at the picture for 20 seconds, flip the picture over and try to recall the items that were in the picture.
Morning Bin #11: Add & Subtract
Students will flip 2 cards, add or subtract to make the third number in the fact family, and make 2 addition and 2 subtraction equations.
Morning Bin #12: Fluency
Students will read the equation and write the missing addend that matches the picture.
Morning Bin #13: Multiplication Foundations
Students will read an expression and build an array to match.
Morning Bin #14: Place Value
Two players will take turns flipping cards to make a 3-digit number. Then they will compare to see which number is greater. The person with the greatest number colors a gift. The first person to color 5 gifts wins!
Morning Bin #15: Counting & Skip Counting within 1000
Students will skip count by 5’s to find and clip the missing number.
Morning Bin #16: Measurement & Estimation
Students will use the ruler to measure the items and then compare the lengths.
Morning Bin #17: Time & Money
Students will read the word problem and matches the clock that shows the final time.
Morning Bin #18: Data & Graphing
Students will flip 20 cards, tally and graph the results, and compare the results to answer the questions.
Morning Bin #19: Shapes & Fractions
Students spin the spinner and cover a shape that shows the fraction.
Morning Bin #20: Critical Thinking
Students use the grid numbers to draw the parts of the picture.
Morning Bin #21: Social/Emotional
Students read the prompt, draw the emotion, name the emotion and answer a question.
I hope that you find the 2nd Grade December Morning Bins helpful and fun!
To see Preschool November Morning Bins, Click Here.
For Kindergarten November Morning Bins, Click Here.
To see 1st Grade November Morning Bins, Click Here.