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Old 07-24-2002, 10:09 PM
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2nd grade daily routines?

As I have mentioned before, I am going from Kindergarten to 2nd grade and so I am pretty nervous about it. Anyway, I haven't had the opportunity to meet with my new grade level and talk about it at all. So I have been looking online to see if I can get an idea of what a normal day in 2nd grade means.

It'd be very helpful if some 2nd grade teachers out there could post their daily routines for me. Perhaps I could get a better idea and that way I won't be going into this totally blind. I feel very underprepared and it seems like time is running out.

There are some things that I feel good about, but because I have virtually no experience in 2nd grade it is pretty scary to think that I'm about to just jump right in. I'm worried that I'm going to be too "Kindergartenery".

Old 07-25-2002, 06:11 AM
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Hi! I don't know if this will help. When I was a school librarian I taught 5 second grade groups. The second graders love to follow established routines. You can expect them to help with attendance and lunch count, set up their own space, work in their daily journals while the others are arriving.Post your daily schedule on the board so they can be ready for the day. Encourage them to use their "down" time for reading or creating something of an academic nature. Don't worry too much. Many of these 2nd graders will enjoy the extra TLC as you adjust to second grade. Some of them still have separation issues and most will follow your lead where ever you want them to go. I'm sorry Ican't be of more help.
Old 07-25-2002, 10:25 AM
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Big Smile 2nd grade

Teaching 2nd grade is awesome.

4 blocks 8:30 -10:30,
snack/break 10:30-10:45
10:45-12:00 math
12:00-12:40 lunch/recess
12:40-1:00 Student of the Day Activities
1:00-1:50 Specialists
1:50-2:40 Science or social studies
2:40-2:55 Summary of the day
2:55 Dismissal
Old 07-25-2002, 07:46 PM
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HI! I teach 2nd gr. in the morning, four afternoons of preschool and music theory for grades 5-8 one afternoon. So I know about switching gears. I teach at a private school.
2nd gr.
8:20-8:30 attendance, lunch ct. etc (students are reading)
8:30-9:15 Reading class
9:15-9:35 milk break and recess
9:35-10:20 math
10:20-10:50 language
10:50-11:30 Phonics and LiPS
11:30-12:00 spelling

Set the rules and post them in the room as reminders. Stickers and candy are great rewards for good papers and great behavior.
They also like to see their work up in the room. I use wallpaper to line the bulletin board and put up trim. I use a small colorful sticker with the child's name on it leaving space for a worksheet. Then the student can pick what paper he/she would like to "show off". It doesn't have to be a perfect paper. It is their choice. Good Luck and have a great year..
Old 07-27-2002, 06:07 AM
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I have been a second grade teacher for 8 years. I highly suggest that you add 5-minute drills to your routine. After lunch this is my routine.

12:30 Read a chapter book.
Little House on the Prairie is excellent for boys and girls. The hunting, farming, horses, and Indians draw the boys in from page one. This is also a good book to use during the same semester you are doing history.
(Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Clotee the Slave Girl, Sarah Plain and Tall, Orphan Train Books)

12:50 Five-minute Drills ( I really give them 6 minutes, but they don't know this.) (But only do these drills if you want to be the teacher every parent loves.) My students beg me to do them, if it looks like we are short on time, my students have suggested missing part of their recess. Last year out of my 20 students, 12 passed all of their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 6 passed everything except all of their division, and two were on their last multiplication. Just think how your third grade teacher will love you. You can get each book at an education store. Each book contains over 10 drills. After my students pass each page they may pick out of the reward jar. After they have passed each book I give them a cold pop. If they pass all 4 books by the end of the year I get them Dairy Queen.
* The students will not be on the same drills, once they pass they move on.

1:00 Science, Health, or Social Studies

1:20 Special Class (Art, P.E., etc. )

1:50 Math

2:50 Clean up

3:00 Dismiss

Last edited by cowboy02; 07-27-2002 at 06:13 AM.
Old 07-27-2002, 04:45 PM
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I teach 2nd grade. I used to teach kinder, too. Set and post rules/expectations- and be consistent.

DEAR time for 20 min.
attendance/lunch count/announcements
specials classes
journals for 20 min.
Calendar Math/Mountain Math
Shared Reading
Interactive Writing
Writing Mini-lesson
Word Wall/Making words
Focus Poem
Literacy Center/Guidded reading
Social Studies
Old 07-29-2002, 03:05 PM
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These are all great ideas. Thanks for the examples of the schedules too. I talked to the other teachers at my school and it seems like they all do things very differently, yet kind of the same. Sounds confusing, I know!
I think I am going to follow their schedule and try to incorporate as many of "my things" in as possible. I'm getting a little more confident about this new year.
Pre-planning starts on the 6th for me, and the kids come on the 12th. I have orientations starting on the 1st because I am new to this county. I can't believe summer vacation is over!

Any more 2nd grade tips would be appreciated if anyone has some.


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