A little background: I am new to this board, and this is my first post. I have been out of the classroom while my children are small, but it looks like I will be returning to work this fall and will be teaching a combined 3rd/4th grade class in a private Christian school using the ABeka curriculum. I have a number of years of experience, and I have experience with ABeka, but I have never taught a multigrade class.
The school is still fairly new, and they have been adding one grade per year. The board has voted, however, to add both 3rd & 4th grade this coming year, and it will be a combo class, unless enrollment is enough to warrant separating them. (As an aside, this also means the 3rd graders will have a background with ABeka, but the 4th graders most likely will not.)
Does anyone have any suggestions they can share for scheduling or organization in a multigrade setting like this?
This thread and the link I posted in it have some of my versions of lesson plan pages. I will see if I have anything else. I use Bob Jones. http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=359461
ABeka has written a small book about combination grade classrooms, but I've never read it.
We have a 3/4 at our school. I teach 1/2.
they are fairly independent at that age, but you need to train good work habits at the beginning of the year and have activities/procedures for kids that finish early besides just always going to a book.
We have math activities, science/social studies activities/computer time, etc.
Bible whole group 25 mins
seatwork instructions- penmanship, and math practice
math 3rd grade, they start their paper after
math 4th grade and then they finish their paper
we teach whole group when possible and all start with a daily drill together. Test day they take the whole time working on their tests
quick snack/wiggle/work check
reader's workshop. we rotate each day who reads with the teacher. it is 30 minutes- group a reads and group b reads at desk and completes comprehension activity. the next day they switch.
3rd lesson, 4th working on their language assignment
4th lesson, 3rd works on language assignment
spelling practice, whole group (games, pairs, etc. )
writing, whole group- assignments are leveled for grades
science/social studies, whole group we rotate using the 3rd or 4th curriculum each year
Good information here, and a lot like what I was thinking. I'm pretty sure I'll have to cover both science and social studies curriculum since the combo class will be a one year thing, but everything else is pretty on-target with what I'm thinking. (The school is still fairly new, and has only been adding one grade per year, two for 2012-2103. The next year, 3rd grade, at least, will be a regular class, not combined with anything else.) I'm meeting with the school director on Monday, so I'll have a better idea on the science/social studies part.
We use A Beka and it only has science for 1/2 the year and ss for half the year so it is totally possible to do both curriculums in the time provided. You will see some will probably overlap and you can do whole group.
I do rotate throughout the year though, I don't like to put a subject away for so long of the year.
Is it 1/2 year science and 1/2 year social studies in 3rd and 4th? When I taught a self-contained 6th grade ABeka class, we had both all year, with health thrown in for a period in place of the science. If it is split, then that will definitely help.
I actually got a copy of ABeka's suggested combo schedule for 3rd and 4th, so that will help. I did find out that 3rd is one semester each of science/SS, and 4th is a full year of each. The suggested schedule offered a couple of different options for how to make it work.