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Old 06-26-2007, 05:10 PM
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Typical schedule for 4th grade day

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!

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Old 06-26-2007, 05:36 PM
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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.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:07 PM
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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.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:37 PM
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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.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:01 PM
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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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Old 06-26-2007, 11:10 PM
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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
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:56 PM
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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
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:58 PM
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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!
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.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:15 AM
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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!
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.
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:45 PM
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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.
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