Rise and Shine Binder

Research suggests that the first 5 minutes a student spends in your classroom each morning will set the tone for the entire day of learning… If they come in and have a focused task, it is much easier for them to remain in that mindset of learning through the day.   

When your students enter your room what is the mood?  What are your expectations?  Is there a clear goal?

If your morning trickle in as I call it is chaotic and unsettling, chances are it’s pretty hard to ever get your students back on track and at their best for learning.

For the past couple of years I resorted to quiet background music and morning work to get my students calm and focused.  Unfortunately my school also served breakfast in the classroom so coco puffs and chocolate milk were part of that equation as well.  You better believe I pleaded my case and even showed my research, but apparently kids need to eat and they need to eat in my classroom so that’s what they did for the last 5 or so years…I lost count when breakfast pizza came to town.

The music and morning work was enough to keep that tone of learning happening for us. {even with sausage and syrup flavored mini corn dogs–really America?}

However, one thing that makes me a little batty, is keeping up with the copies for my student’s morning work.  Don’t get me wrong, I worked long and hard on my morning work and I feel that it is valuable for them, but scurrying to the copier is not my fave at the crack of dawn or at sore feet thirty in the afternoon….

That’s where this comes in friends!  It’s revolutionizing my morning routine!

Each student will take out their Rise and Shine Binder in the morning as they trickle in and get settled.

(Also in black and white and you can put this stuff in a plastic folder if binders are out of the question for you)

Students will do some write on wipe off activities for the number of the day.  Depending on your grade level, you can make this number smaller or bigger.  Being a first grade teacher, I plan to go with the days in school. 

Using color coded cards, (colored card stock brights) students will build the number of the day (Kinder will not go up this high at first)

There are different wipe off formats depending on the ability of your class.  

I would start on the left with kinder and firsties and work our way to the right hand side.  They can make shapes, color  patterns, add seasonal erasers, buttons, coco puffs…whatever you have on hand!
We can also move on to more activities as our students are ready!

I included number charts ranging from 1-20 to over 200.  Students can use them for reference while working through their wipe offs.

 When the must dos are finished, Ralph Rushy McRusherson can play games that are stored in trading card holders and color coded. Just the words color coded make me happy but if you want to keep it simply just white tag will work perfectly fine

Perhaps Ralph wants to play tally concentration with a partner or just by himself.

 When Suzy slowpoke finishes her last cinnamon roll and is ready, she can play tens match up in her binder or with a pal.  (there’s more of these games too)

Students can choose color coded words or letters of the week and read, build, write, and spell to their heart’s content!

Trace,Build, Read, Sound!  (Both capital and lowercase)  Kinder and First Grade for Sounds Review

This is editable so you can customize it for your sight words or spelling words!
You can add them weekly as you go through the year!
It has kinder and first grade words to get you started.

Another reason I am so excited about this binder is because when people come to tutor or support my students that struggle, this will be a resource full of so many necessary concepts for every child!  They can grab the binder and review all these concepts with their tutor or their helper.

So how do you make a binder?
One trip to Walmart will set ya up! (or any office supply)
Shopping list is included in the packet so you don’t have to make sure you remembered everything!

 One package of cheapy dish towels cut into quarters become erasers to keep in the zipper pouches!

Finally, you can take it a step further if you need and you can add a section for your beloved morning work of choice!  I plan to have them do the morning work on certain days of the week! 

Make a much cuter morning work divider than I did pretty please…how embarrassing!

 This is my first set of morning work.  It’s not included in this Rise and Shine binder.  I added it in myself! ๐Ÿ™‚
Language Morning Work  for the year 
Math Morning Work for the year

To get your very own rise and shine binders just click below!

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  1. Oh my gosh! I love this idea! I did morning work with my seconds last year, and moving to first this would be so wonderful! It really stinks going to the copy machine for all the morning works!

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    1. I see you have the Rise and Binder and taught 2nd grade. If you dont mind, what did you start off in your binder? I an teaching 2nd grade this year and do not know what I should include in the students binder to start. If you can help, I thank you veryvmuch!!! CWhite

  2. I love this! The school I have been in for the previous 2 years also did breakfast in the classroom. Some of my students really needed it but for those who didn't, I found myself struggling to keep them occupied with meaningful work & then I had the excess grading. The write on/ wipe off is a great idea which I used in centers. Why didn't I think of that for morning work?! Duh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great packet, I just bought it! Thanks!

  3. How awesome! Would love for you to do another post elaborating on how you teach each activity and train students to do this independently. Going on my wish list now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. We just moved to bkfst in the room too!! Thankfully it only affects a few kids! lol. I have used rotating learning stations the kids come right in & get started!! I agree it sets the tone for the morning!! Come in & get started…you can do it! I love the notebook…its very similar to our calendar time that we do after lunch!! LOVE IT! Might have to pin this idea for that!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I love it, Reagan. We have breakfast in the classroom (awful for setting the tone), and I have been using a calendar binder each morning that included a morning story problem, but I love the things in here for more options and the game aspect. You are so creative. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Wow you have so much for them to do in the morning! I really like how you incorporated a lot of things I would normally do during calendar… but seeing as how I don't have a lot of time for that anymore, this is a great place to put it! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas!

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  7. I love this idea! We have super early buses that get to school a good 30-45 minutes before official start time. What a wonderful way to keep them focused! Now to figure out how to adapt it for 4th grade! =)

    1. One thing I want to incorporate this year is 3 to 5 minutes of multiplication practice. You could play concentration with this. One card having the fact and one card having the answer. Also, we do a daily number (the number of day in school) with our calendar math and we ask questions like odd or even, factor of, multiples of. We also use it to do a penny fill in to create a decimal. We also use it to figure out different ways to make money out of the number (13 is one dime three pennies or two nickels and three pennies). Just some ideas. This calendar math is from Every day Counts Calendar Math. There are blogs that have created a daily worksheet. Just thoughts.

  8. I was struggling to find something for morning work for my first graders. We don't do breakfast in the classroom but I have the "trickle" problem and we have to start our literacy block on the dot at 8… so my kids who come in at 7:55, I have wasted a copy on them because they will never come in on time to do it. My students who come in at 7:30, finish in about 5 minutes and then have nothing to do… THIS IS PERFECT!! So excited to purchase this and implement it right away! You have become one of my favorite bloggers… I just love all of your ideas!! ๐Ÿ™‚