This resource is a unique way to get your students warmed up in the morning. The math is aligned to 5th Grade Common Core Standards and intended to be a review. If you teach 6th grade, this might also work for you depending on your students’ needs.
This set contains 5 weeks of Spring and Summer themed math morning work for the month of May. The morning work is focused on Math with a sprinkle of Science, a pinch of grammar, and a dash of Daily/Weekly Updates to keep your students engaged and open doors for conversations.
Each week follows the same routine. The focus for each day was created based on fundamental needs I noticed in my classroom of 4th graders: Multiplication & Division, Number Sense, & Fractions (including Fractions & Decimals) While these are not the only areas addressed, they are the main focus. Because this has worked so well in my classroom of 4th Graders, I was inspired to create a 5th Grade Morning Work.
Each week follows the same routine and structure.
Multiplication Monday - Problems are centered around Multiplication.
Base Ten Tuesday - All about the Base of our Number System. These problems are centered around our number system and place value.
Wordless Wednesday - No Word Problems! Students have 3 problems without words.
Throwback Thursday - Review Day! Other days may offer a review problem, but Thursdays have problems that may come from 4th grade or the beginning of the year. I also added problems from other standards such as Measurement, Data, and Geometry. There is also a short paragraph in which students Box the Verbs, Circle the adjectives, and Underline the nouns. They might also do some sort of language and grammar activity such as editing a sentence or answering a question after reading a short paragraph related to Social Studies or Science.
Fraction Fun Friday - Nothing says Fun Friday like Fractions! There is always a need to review fractions. By keeping it short, sweet and including a fun personal question, this may help build your students’ confidence in fractions while also keeping it fresh.
I created this morning work series in my 4th grade classroom because I saw a need to continuously review these key areas. By following this same structure each week, students know what to expect while they are also building their confidence in these essential math areas. I have also found several other benefits from this morning work routine:
*Routine! - My students knew exactly what to do when they come in the classroom. Also, if I needed a few extra minutes due to meetings or other housekeeping duties, I knew my students were spending that time working on essential math skills, not just “busy work.” The morning work is meant to be short and sweet, skill practice, plus engaging.
*Short and Sweet - There are only a few problems so it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. This will also let you know if students are still having difficulty with a certain skill.
*Fewer Copies - Only one sheet of paper for the whole week! (Copy front and back)
*A Weekly Grade - My students know this and do not want to do the work for homework or have a poor grade. This helped get them started right away in the morning. I also go over the problems each morning and allowed students to fix their work before turning it in. In my opinion, this is beneficial because it keeps the students engaged as we go over it, ESPECIALLY if they had difficulty with it. This was also beneficial for students because if they paid attention and “added on to their thinking,” they can earn a good grade that will be added weekly. For students that already struggle, this is confidence building and motivating.
This ELA + Math Morning Work is available for the following grade levels: