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Old 03-23-2009, 12:37 AM
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How is a typical elementary school day broken up?

I'm about to begin my elementary school observations, and I was thinking today about all the subjects that are taught in school. All of a sudden, I realized how short an amount of time teachers have to fit in a LOT of material...and was just wondering how it gets done.

Is every subject taught every day? How long is spent on each subject? Do you find that you have to cut some lessons short to finish other ones?

I'm trying to think back to my elementary school days, but it has been so long that I'm like this trying to remember it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:34 AM
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These days, the chances are fairly good that all the classrooms in a given grade in a California elementary school are on nearly identical schedules; what's more, that schedule is almost certainly somewhere on the school's Web site. That will give you a little idea what to expect.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:43 AM
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Thank you! I already found a school that has the daily schedules posted. So cool.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:12 AM
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Each grade level at our school is different because of the activity times.
Example:
8:00 Kids arrive
8:10 Writing
9:10 Music
9:50 Bathroom break
10:00-11:30 Language Arts Block
11:30 Recess
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Math
1:30 Word Study
2:00 Science/Social Studies
2:30 Computer Lab
3:10 Go home

It changes a little each day. One day I have two activities
Another day I have an activity and Gifted and talented class
Two days I have computer lab and then every other week I have the Guidance Counselor.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:38 AM
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My school doesn't have science or social studies until 4th grade. It's supposedly integrated into the reading, but there isn't much there. This is my schedule:

8:20-8:30 Kids are arriving, turn in work, and begin morning paper
8:30-8:55 AR silent reading and testing time
8:55-10:25 Reading block
10:30-11:00 (or 11:15 2 days a week) Specials
11:00-11:42 Workshop
11:42-12:30 Lunch and recess
12:30-1:45 Math
1:45-2:00 Recess
2:00-2:45 Spelling/Language Arts
2:45-3:00 Agendas and get ready to go home
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:20 PM
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When I did my student teaching, this is what I did... it seems to be fairly standard, of course specials can throw things off.

8:30 - 10:00 - Literacy block
10:00 - 10:05 - Snack/Get Dressed (In the winter, we start snack a little earlier)
10:05 - 10:25 - Recess
10:25 - 10:55 - Morning Message
10:55 - 11:25 - Math (I tended to make Morning Message last an hour and I would rotate Math one day and Morning Message the other day, since it was very hard to get much Math done in half an hour - although Math was included in Morning Message)
11:25 - 11:55 - Either French or Phys Ed (This would have changed as grade two no longer has French instruction, but this is what I did)
11:55 - 12:45 - Lunch/Recess
12:45 - 1:15 - Music/Library/You & Your World (You & Your World is a combination of Social Studies, Science, Personal Growth & Development and Health)
1:15 - 1:45 - French/You & Your World
1:45 - Dismissal
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:18 PM
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Here's our schedule, but it changes a little depending on the grade level:

7:50-8:15 Students Arrive/Morning Work
8:15-8:45 Spelling/Grammar
8:45-9:30 Specialist (PE, Art or Music)
9:30-10:10 Whole Group Reading and/or Writing
10:10-11:00 Reading Groups/Stations
11:00-11:30 Social Studies OR Science (2 days a week) OR Health OR Computer Lab (2 days a week) OR Library (1 day)
11:30-12:00 Recess
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:35 Math
1:35-2:15 Handwriting/Phonics
2:15-2:25 Preferred Activity Time
2:25-2:35 Clean Up & Pack Up
2:35 Dismissal
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:24 PM
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This is my day

7:45-8:00 Accel Math / Kids coming in / Bfast
8:00-8:15 DEAR
8:15-8:30 Check planners / unpack / restroom
8:30-9:30 Writing
9:30-10:15 Reading (M & Th until 10:40)
10:15-10:40 Recess (T, W, F)
10:40 Restroom
10:50-11:35 Specials
11:40-11:55 Social Studies Minis
11:55-12:35 Lunch / Restroom
12:40 - 2:15 Math
2:15 Restroom
2:20 - 2:45 Science / Social Studies
2:45-3:00 Pack up / agendas

**normal schedule includes Reading block from 8:30 - 10:15, but we're doing our state's new writing pilot and it's taking FOREVER!!! so we've had to cut our reading block to fit in writing
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:33 PM
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My school doesn't have science or social studies until 4th grade. It's supposedly integrated into the reading, but there isn't much there.

Wow. Way to go, NCLB! I know this is probably pretty common, but what do those teachers who don't have sci/ss until later think? What do the upper grades teachers think? How about middle/high school?
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:50 PM
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Wow. Way to go, NCLB! I know this is probably pretty common, but what do those teachers who don't have sci/ss until later think? What do the upper grades teachers think? How about middle/high school?
It's horrible! We have a story about Jackie Robinson, and they don't know what segregation is. There are so many things they're missing out on because we have to focus on reading, language, and math. When they get to 4th grade they don't know how to read that type of text and learn from it. I'm not sure what the middle or high school teachers think about it.

Personally, I don't feel that I know very much about social studies. I think part of the reason is because I didn't have to take as many social studies classes in middle school and high school. I didn't do it enough to remember it!
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