First Grade Morning Bins Back to School

Do you have Morning Chaos? First Grade Morning Bins to the rescue! Get ready to transform your morning routines with these fun hands-on activities!

First Grade Morning Bins

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….First 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 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:

  • Vocabulary
  • Sounds
  • Segment and Blend
  • Sight Words
  • Sequence
  • Sentences
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Rhymes, Syllables and Compound Words
  • Text
  • Count Sequence
  • Comparing Numbers and Making Groups
  • Representing Numbers
  • Base 10
  • Fluency
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry
  • Time and Money
  • Patterns and Fractions
  • 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 First Grade 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.

Morning Bin #1: Vocabulary

For the months of August and September, we will focus on vocabulary. Each month, students will receive a new set of vocabulary words that are relevant to that specific time of the year. Also, vocabulary words will come with a Vocabulary Chart, picture / word match up and build the word activity cards.

Morning Bin #2: Sounds

Students will sort the pictures that start with the sound.

Morning Bin #3: Segment and Blend

Students will pick the first letter for each word. Then they sound out the mystery CVC word.

Morning Bin #4: Sight Words

Students will use a mirror to read the sight words.

Morning Bin #5: Sequencing

Students will sort the uppercase and lowercase letters in alphabetical order.

Morning Bin #6: Sentences

Students will sort the words to form a sentence on the mat.

Morning Bin #7: Grammar

Students add ending punctuation to each sentence.

Morning Bin #8: Writing

This bin gets students writing! Students will use the vocabulary cards to write a fun story. This is a great opportunity for you to identify your students’ writing abilities.

Morning Bin #9: Rhymes, Syllables & Compound Words

Students will clip the number of syllables for each word.

Morning Bin #10: Text

Set out a group of fiction and non-fiction books. Have sort the books into fiction and non-fiction piles. Then they will write the title of one fiction book and one non-fiction book from the bin and draw a picture to match.

Morning Bin #11: Counting Sequence

This is a fun game! Students will roll a die, count, cover and race to 100.

Morning Bin #12: Comparing Numbers & Making Groups

Students will group the number cards in order (0-20).

Morning Bin #13: Representing Numbers

Students will play with a partner, each flipping a card. The highest number wins that round.

Morning Bin #14: Base Ten

Students will put together the number card puzzles based on each piece that matches the number.

Morning Bin #15: Fluency

Students will roll and cover the number up to 6.

Morning Bin #16: Addition & Subtraction

Students will flip, model and solve (addition to 10 and subtraction from 10).

Morning Bin #17: Measurement & Data

Students will look at the number and build a tower to match.

Morning Bin #18: Geometry

Students will use play dough to build the shape.

Morning Bin #19: Days of the Week/Months of the Year

Students will follow two prompts to put the days of the week and months of the year in order.

Morning Bin #20: Patterns & Fractions

Students will look at and determine the pattern type, then recreate it.

Morning Bin #21: Social Emotional

Students will tell a story that matches the emotion they spun and then match the correct emotion to the card.

Storage Ideas:

Undoubtedly, The Moffatt Girls Engage Facebook group is a GREAT place for teachers and homeschoolers to share how they are using Moffatt Girls curriculum and resources. For this reason, we would love to have you join! Here are some examples of some ideas that have been shared in the group. Another teacher, Ashley Nicole, has made her space beautiful by using Steralite Bins!

Diana also placed her morning bins in containers from the Dollar Tree.

Similarly, Carrie used heavy duty paper trays from Lakeshore.

For some fun No-Prep activities for back to school, Click Here.

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