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How long does your ELA time take?
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I'm 3rd grade ELA and I'll have 2 hours for it. The other team only has 75 min. to do ELA. I'm doing the ELA planning for both of us, so I'm trying to figure out how to fit everything into her time slot.

We're using the Treasures series - does anyone use that and find time to do everything in it? I actually like it, with some other resources for skills they miss, but it seems so time consuming to get in comprehension, a story, grammar, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, and writing all within that time frame!

This is the first year to have 2 different amounts of time for each team (they have 3 classes and we only have 2).


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Maybe the other team shouldn't use the basal everyday....instead they should use it 2 to 3 days instead of 5.
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Does the other team have a science/social studies block? 75 minutes isn't enough time to focus on everything they need for ELA. Would it be possible to integrate ELA into the Social Studies and Science so these students won't be shortchanged? IMO, you shouldn't be stuck planning for both teams since it's not apples to apples.
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IMO, you shouldn't be stuck planning for both teams since it's not apples to apples.
The other teacher (a 1st year teacher) has the option to do her own plans, but I told her I'm glad to share with her since she just got hired and has a newborn. I also told her she's welcome to take my lessons and tweak them to fit her needs. She has to fit in the same skills for the year, but in a shorter amount of time.

I guess that's why I was asking - I'm trying to help her as much as possible, but I'm worried my lessons will be tough to fit in that time slot so I was curious if it will even work. The P said her science/ss teacher could do the informational text, but we don't do info text every week.

The P wasn't even sure herself exactly how it's going to work, so it should be interesting!
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Do you not have state/provincial guidelines as to how many minutes of ELA you must teach a week? We have to have a minimum every week. I don't understand how you can have 120 minutes a day so 600 a week and she would only have 375 a week. That is a HUGE difference. If you were off by 30-60 minutes a week I wouldn't be concerned but her classes are getting 225 less minutes a week. Is there no way for her schedule to be adjusted?


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I teach 4th grade and have 120 minutes a day for ELA. I wish I had some suggestions for your new co-worker, but I would never be able to get everything done in 75 minutes.
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Do you not have state/provincial guidelines as to how many minutes of ELA you must teach a week?
That's a good question! I honestly don't know. Since it's never been a concern to fit it all in, I've never questioned it and my schedule is turned-in every year without question. I'll have to research that.....

Honestly, I don't know how she's going to adjust her schedule since she'll have 3 classes and will need to meet with all of them. I really want to talk to the P about it, but at the same time it's not my schedule and the P is really funny about minding another person's business (even though I'm trying to help). I guess that'll be on the new teacher to do.
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That's a good question! I honestly don't know. Since it's never been a concern to fit it all in, I've never questioned it and my schedule is turned-in every year without question. I'll have to research that.....

Is there anyway to google your state/province to find this information? I know that for us we must have 30% of our minutes be ELA. A quick google search for my province turned this information up. ( I couldn't remember off the top of my head).

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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Is there anyway to google your state/province to find this information? I know that for us we must have 30% of our minutes be ELA
So far all I can find says 330 minutes of instruction per day. Unfortunately that doesn't say WHAT instruction.
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Your new teacher is very lucky!
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You sound like a wonderful person! I was so appreciative when I was moved to a new grade and the other teachers shared in the planning. It truly is a huge help; especially with young children at home.

We have 70 minutes for Language Arts this year, but writing is going to be taught by a writing teacher who will also incorporate spelling and grammar. Maybe something like that is a possibility? Sounds like your whole schedule needs redone. I can't believe your principal would allow two teams to have such a huge difference in ELA times. This should be a scheduling issue for her to handle.


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