Morning Basket Work Review

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to review an awesome product from Heather at Second Grade Perks.

Second Grade Perks

She was sweet enough to send me a copy of her Morning Basket Work activities for January and February.

I am a HUGE fan of morning work! I have a system I use in my class already, but I am always up for improving the way I do things in my room. I started using this packet right after we got back from winter break. I incorporated it with what I already use in my room for morning work. My students spend about 20 minutes a day, first thing in the morning, reviewing skills independently while I take care of my "teacher" morning work.

I LOVE this time because ALL the students know what is expected of them, when they walk into the room each day. They turn in their homework, put their backpacks and lunches away and sit down and get to work. They have a folder in their desk with a daily packet they work on. Then, we review and correct the skills as a class. 

I added Heather's morning work activities into the mix last week. Here is a picture of some of the activity cards that are included. I suggest laminating the cards for durability. There are 48 cards included that review language arts and math skills. She includes enough activities to get your students through two months of morning work.

My class is set up in groups of 4 or 6 students. I put enough cards in each table "basket" so the students can complete one card a day before I change them out and rotate them. The basket also has decodable books and leveled books at each students' reading level. They need to use these for many of the activities.

My students each have a writing journal in their desk. I had them use their journal to record their morning work answers. At the top of the page they wrote the number of the card they were working on. It does not matter what order the students use the cards in.

The thing I really appreciate and love about these activities is that once it is set up, everything is at the kids fingertips to complete the activities independently. 

If you are looking for ways to start your morning off smoothly, this is a great resource to use! The kids love the structure and predictability of knowing what is expected of them. 
A huge shout out and thank you to Heather for sharing this great resource with me and my students. It is a HIT!


  1. Morning work is the only reason I get things done. This looks great!
    My Second Sense

  2. This looks great! It's important to keep the kids engaged in something meaningful while we take care of those teacher-y morning duties.

    I love your photo layouts; they look great!!

    Primarily Speaking