Typical schedule for 4th grade day

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  1. camason24

    camason24 New Member

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    Hi,
    I am a first year teacher and I will be teaching 4th grade. I needed help organizing my time blocks and I wanted to get a head start this summer. If someone could please send me a schedule of their day that would be most helpful. My day starts at 8:10 and ends at 3:15. I do know I will have 31 students, a lot, and wondered if there was a certain way to break up my classroom to keep all interested and differentiated. Please let me know any reading materials that might help. Thank you SOOO much anything will help!

    camason24
     
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  3. h2omane

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    ouch 31 4th graders! you're going to be busy.

    this was our schedule for grade 6 and worked well.
    per 1 LA
    per 2 LA
    recess
    Per 3 Math
    per 4 Math
    lunch
    per 5 science or social odd even
    per 6 science or social odd even
    recess
    per 7 music or Art or PE or French
    per 8 music or Art or PE or French

    hope this helps

    plus we had silent reading time during LA and computer time whenever the lab was free.

    I hope you have a large size classroom 31 desks plus storage, plus 31 squirrely bodies makes for a busy site.
     
  4. Ms.Jasztal

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    Starting with writing, especially if you test it in your state, is beneficial. Doing reading not long after (with specials inbetween was fine for me) is also ok. If you have autonomy over planning your schedule (which makes you LUCKY seeing I don't), do science/social studies at the end of the day.
     
  5. Research_Parent

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    Reading/LA, Math, and Writing in the mornings...
    Specials, Science, and Social Studies in the afternoon helps to make sure the essentials are covered even on early release days.
     
  6. pwhatley

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    I'm a little confused. I realize that reading and math are of the utmost importance. What I don't understand is why so many elementary teacher treat (and/or speak about) Science and Social Studies as if they are unnecessary! In my mind, they are "essentials," too!
     
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    Schedule

    Here was my daily schedule for 4th grade last year:
    8:00-8:15--Morning Routine/Silent Reading
    8:15-8:45--Word Study
    8:45-9:50--Reader's Workshop
    9:50-10:30--Specials (music, art, library, comp. lab, pe)
    10:30-11:30-- Writer's Workshop
    11:30-11:50--Social Studies
    11:50-12:10--Math Intervention
    12:10-12:50--Lunch/Recess
    12:50-1:05: Teacher Read-Aloud
    1:05-2:05: Math Workshop
    2:05-2:40--Science
    2:40--Dismissal
     
  8. Steph-ernie

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    Here was my schedule for last year. I teach in a Christian school, so I have the added challenge of fitting religion into the day.

    8:20-8:35 Entering room, getting settled, seatwork
    8:35-8:45 morning devotions
    8:45-9:30 math
    9:30-10:15 specials (music or PE)
    10:15-11:00 reading
    11:00-12:00 language arts
    12:00-12:45 lunch and recess
    12:45-1:00 read aloud
    1:00-1:45 science
    1:45-2:00 recess
    2:00-2:30 social studies
    2:30-2:50 religion
    2:50-3:10 pack up/assignment books/silent reading
    3:10 students leave
     
  9. Caesar753

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    I'm certain that it has to do with standardized testing.

    I really hate NCLB for this. I feel like all the subjects which aren't English or math get left by the wayside.
     
  10. h2omane

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    I agree. I'm a fine art major, and art, like PE used to be before childhood obesity research, is pushed off to the side.

    one teacher said you need reading, writing, math and science for sure, and social and music for catch up time. PE is hit and miss, it depends on if the kids have been good, and Art is title page time.

    That burned my eyes when I read it.
     
  11. Steph-ernie

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    I completely agree that science and social studies are so important. A lot of the public schools around here are "reading first schools" so they don't teach those subjects at all. They basically spend the whole day on language arts and math. I think that is a huge disservice to students! We have actually had parents put their kids into our private school for that exact reason. They were unhappy that they weren't getting social studies and science in the public schools here.
     
  12. mstnteacherlady

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    Students in schools that are setting Science and Social Studies aside are missing out on so much. I teach in a "Reading First" school, but, fortunately, we still have a high emphasis on Science and Social Studies. We have a guided reading block which allows us to focus on Reading and Language, yet still leaves plenty of time to venture into other subjects as well!

    Our schedule looks similar to this one:
    8:00-9:30 Reading Block
    9:30-10:00 Specialty classes
    10:00-10:45 Language Arts
    10:45-11:30 Math
    11:30-12:00 Writing
    **Lunch**
    12:40-1:20 Science
    1:20-2:00 Social Studies
    2:00-2:20 DEAR
     
  13. shasha379

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    They are important, but we have required time for reading(180min) and math (60). Add specials and lunch and the time is limited. So science and social studies sometimes suffer. I alternated science and social studies. I teach ss on Mon. and Wed., and science on Tues. and Thurs. Health on Friday. I'm a history major, so I know how import those subjects are. I, however, have no control over this.
     
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    Forgot to add schedule.

    7:45-8:00- Morning Work
    8:00-8:45 Specials
    8:45-8:50-RR break
    8:50-9:00- Morning Meeting
    9:00-9:50-Whole group reading
    9:50-10:20- Literacy Groups
    10:20-10:50- Small Group Reading
    10:50-11:35- Language Arts/Writing
    11:35-11:40-RR break
    11:40-12:40-Math
    12:40-1:05 -Lunch
    1:05-1:10-RR break
    1:10-2:00-Social Studies(Mon./Wed.)Science(Tues./Thurs.)
    2:00-2:15-Prepare for dismissal, assign hw,etc
    2:15-2:35-Dismissal
     
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    I'm still working on the schedule and have to get it approved by the principal, but here's my schedule for my new 5th grade class! :D

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    8:15 School Begins
    8:15-8:30 Good Morning! Morning business
    .......1. Unpack your book bag.
    .......2. Make sure you have a reader's workshop book.
    .......3. Get homework and homework agenda out and put in proper location.
    .......4. Complete daily math.
    8:30-9:00 Reader's workshop (in the perfect world, this would be an hour long, I'm working on lengthening the time)
    9:00-9:10 Fluency
    9:10-10:25- Open Court Reading Program
    10:25-10:45- Recess
    10:45-12:05- Open Court Continued/Writer's workshop/ELL
    12:05-12:55- Lunch
    12:55-1:15- Read Aloud
    1:15-2:00- Math
    2:00-2:10- Recess
    2:10-2:45- Social Studies/Science
    2:45:3.00- 1. Jobs (clean up room, Classroom newsletter reporter)
    ...............2. Sharpen 2 pencils.
    ...............3. Pack up
    3:00-3:15- PE
    3:15 Dismissal


    Wednesday (minimum day)
    8:15-8:30 Morning business
    8:30-9:00 AR (Reader's workshop)
    9:00-9:10 Fluency
    9:10-10:25 Open Court Reading Program
    10:25-12:00 Open Court continued/Writer's Workshop
    12:00-12:55 Lunch
    12:55-1:15 P.A.T. (Preferred Activity Time)
    1:15-1:27 Pack up, dismiss
     
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    This is very frustrating, but much of the time, unless it can be integrated with language arts and/or math, it does get pushed on the wayside. Ideally, though, shouldn't we be presenting topics in a cross-curricular way to help students gain a better appreciation for the material and gain a deeper understanding of concepts? I know...perfect world may be required, but I plan on tying in the majority of my social studies and science with other content areas. That way, the kids can get it all. I am also contemplating switching between social studies and science (one each month) so that we can spend a good amount of time on each. Anyone do this or have ideas about it?
     
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    That sounds like a workable plan, MissMcCollum. It also upsets me that the kids only get "specials" once per week -- some for only 15 minutes! I know, I know, there's no time in the schedule -- every minute is taken up, but isn't it sad? Kids who learn to read music actually do better in school, and I think I read that those who are given artistic outlets do, too. We all know about the growing obesity (scuse the pun) problem, yet the kids only get PE once per week, and most of the recesses I have observed have been 20 minutes or less. What is a mom/teacher/citizen to do?
     
  18. cameroncrazie

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    8 - 8:45 morning work, getting the day started
    8:45 - 9:45 Math
    9:45 - 10 break
    10 - 11 Writing
    11 - 12 Social Studies / Science
    12 - 12:30 lunch
    12:30 - 1 SSR
    1 - 1:30 Core Knowledge
    1:30 - 2:10 Reading (Novel Studies)
    2:10 - 2:30 Recess
     
  19. h2omane

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    In your state there should be hour guidelines to complete the curriculum. in Canada (Alberta province) Language Arts is 1050 hours, Math is 950 hours and science and social are 600 hours last time I checked. Specials like PE, Art, Music and Second Language are at a low 250 hours. I'm an Art major, so I cringe at those hour marks, but the government knows best. Numeracy and Literacy are the utmost importance.
     
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    In Ontario, we are mandated to provide at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity for the students daily during the school day--and recess doesn't count!
    At my school the students have at least 80 minutes per week of Art, Music, and Phys Ed and 200 minutes of French (grades 4 to 8). Our administration works very hard to preserve this.
     
  21. h2omane

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    In the classroom, or are you on a gym rotation? Also what kinds of vigorous activity do you do in your school?

    Thanks,

    Mr. Skinner :D
     

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