I do NOT like my schedule this year as I feel I am really rushed with everything, but this is what I'm working with this year! (I'm 3rd)
Reading - 20 min whole group, 60 min small groups
Writing - 20 min
Grammar - 20 min
Spelling - 30 min/week (pre/post test), otherwise they study at home or practice during reading center time
Math - 60 min
Science/Social Studies - 45 min total each day (we do 3 weeks of SS, then 3 weeks of Science)
we have 2 hours and 20 minutes devoted to a block that encompasses reading, writing, spelling. grammar. Sometimes they overlap...we'll do grammar/writing at the same time, etc.
Writing 20-25 min.
Grammar 15-20 min
Spelling 15-20 min
Reading - remainder of block
Math - 1 hour 40 minutes
Science/Social Studies - 30 min for those, so usually do SS part of a quarter and Sci. part of a quarter.
Other - 30 minutes of intensive reading instruction called Tiger Time. It's our Tier I, II, and III intensive for specific reading levels.
I teach third. This doesn't follow our recommended block of time, but it's what works for my schedule.
Reading - 45 minutes whole/small group depending on day
Independent Reading - 20 minutes at a different time
Writing / Grammar - 30-40 minutes depending on the day
Spelling - 20 minutes
Math - 45 minutes
Science / Social Studies - 30-40 minutes depending on day / activity
Other - Enrichment - 50 minutes (This is the time when students are pulled for EC, AIG, Title 1, tutoring, etc.) Depending on the day, I can have anywhere from 6-15 kids left in the room. I sometimes give them extra time to get caught up on things they haven't finished or give them some kind of problem solving activity to do. It seems like a waste of time for the students who are left in the room, but I do like the idea of the others only being pulled during one set time block.
Grammar (included with writing)
Spelling (included with reading)
Social Studies...30 min
Other...Read aloud...20 min
* Reading 30 min. whole group/ 60 min. small groups
* Writing maybe 10-20 min. per week, if you're talking prompt practice/mini-lesson
* Grammar 30 min.
* Spelling 5 min.
* Math 70 min.
* Science 30 min.
* Social Studies 30 min.
* Other.....once a week: library- 30 computer lab- 30 Char. ed.- 30
Reading - 30 minutes whole group, 60 minutes small groups/daily
Spelling - about 10 min daily within the Reading block
Math - 60 minutes/daily
Writing - 60 minutes/daily (grammar is taught through modeled writing with an occasional extra lesson if needed)
Science/Social Studies - 25 minutes daily (we do a few days of Science and then switch to SS)
Language Arts- 2 hours divided 80 minutes small group, 40 minutes whole group (comprehension, grammar, phonics/spelling, etc.)
Writing- 40 minutes
Math- 60 minutes
Science/Social Studies- 35 miuntes (we rotate social studies/science every 6 weeks)
Other- 30 minutes student support time (Teir I, II, III instruction)
It is interesting to read about all of the different schedules.
Reading-1 hour 15 minutes
I'd love to have about 20 more minutes for math.
We have a 3 member 3rd grade team. Each block is 1 1/2 hour. One teacher teaches math & science, one teaches writing & social studies, and the other teaches reading and grammar. Personally, I'd rather see the writing and grammar/spelling as 1 block and reading and social studies as a block.
I taught 3rd grade grammar, writing, and spelling last year in a 1 1/2 block. Although I to love to teach writing, it was SO exhausting teaching 3 classes how to go through all the writing stages. The second teacher taught reading and social studies, and the third teacher taught math and science. I will NEVER volunteer to do that again!
I like the reading much better with the grammar and spelling (even with social studies). Writing, however, should be done with every subject. I think the homeroom teacher should be responsible for keeping up with her/his homeroom class's writing portfolios/samples. The students should be writing in all subjects. Teaching writing to a grade level is way too much for one teacher to teach (a grade level) if it is going to be done well. I found that so many of the 3rd graders needed one-on-one help to write even a complete sentence.
I teach 5th with 5 teachers. Three of us are in a pod and two team teach. We divided up the work in this fashion. All 5 of us teach our own reading/language arts. The pod team each teach 3 classes in their speciality - science, social studies, and math. For the team teachers - one teaches 2 science classes, and one teaches 2 math classes; then they teach social studies as well as reading to their homerooms. Really, we would love to have 2 pods, but we were one teacher short. Maybe next year.
Here is my exact schedule: 80 minutes total teaching time.....I need ideas!!!!
Reading (independent or aloud)-20 minutes
Reading Skills Practice-20 minutes
Writing and Spelling-15 minutes
Other two teachers teach....
social studies and science-80 minutes
It is unfair that you have to do the Reading and the Language Arts in 80 minutes.
I have 90 minutes for Reading and another 60 minutes for Writing/Language Arts. I couldn't even imagine trying to figure that all into 80 minutes. You will not be meeting those students needs! It is impossible to do. If you each have 80 minute blocks to teach, perhaps a different division of subjects are in order. In my opinion, that 3rd teacher (the SS & Science) is getting off too easy! There is no need for 80 minutes of SS & Science everyday!
#1 Reading & Social Studies (or Science)
#3 Writing & Science (or social Studies
Also, if you have 3-80 minute blocks, what do you do for the 2 hours of school? I am assuming 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for a special (PE, Music, Art etc) per day. But there is still an hour unaccounted for.
I think your team needs to revisit the schedule and planning.
I think that everyone should do their own spelling and 20 min. of independent reading each day. These take little to no planning and could easily be done in a homeroom.
I don't know what your curriculum calls for as far as vocabulary, but I would meet as a team and look at the vocabulary. My guess is that a lot of it (and probably a lot of word parts) could be integrated into science and social studies.
I would also think about taking one social studies/science unit a quarter and making it cross-curricular. (It might take a couple years to build up to that many.) There could be a writing project that goes with it. All three of you would develop a rubric beforehand and do collaborative grading. (Each grade a sample of papers and compare how you scored them on the rubric to be sure you're in agreement; then take a stack and grade them. Meet once more before entering grades in the grade book so you can ask each other about any you were iffy on.)
Another possibility is to have everyone do math, one do language arts/writing, one do reading, and one do social studies/science. This might mean shorter periods for when you switch, but the social studies/science person could alternate doing a social unit and then a science unit.
Also, as far as writing in every subject, there is research to back this up. If you look up 90-90-90 schools, you will find that one feature most successful schools have is a common writing rubric that is used in any subject. Of course, you could give them the rubric and they might not actually use it, but if you could get them to agree to collaborative scoring with the rubrics on a writing piece (maybe 1 a month), they might HAVE to go along with you.
I like this idea: Another possibility is to have everyone do math, one do language arts/writing, one do reading, and one do social studies/science. This might mean shorter periods for when you switch, but the social studies/science person could alternate doing a social unit and then a science unit.
However, I would rather have everyone teach arts/writing, one do math, one do reading, and one do social studies/science. Would that work?
Students have school for 8:15-2:15. Teachers have school 7:30-4:00
Most students arrive at 8. Counted tardy at 8:05 (announcements begin)
Announcements over at 8:15-8:20
Change classes for 1st block 8:15/20-9:40 (80 minutes)
5 minutes change classes and bathroom
2nd block-9:45-11:05 (80 minutes)
5 minutes change classes, bathroom, and wash up for lunch
3rd block-11:10-11:35 (25 minutes)
5 minutes Water
Specials (PE/Teach/Media/Art/Guidance)-45 minutes12:30-1:15
5 minutes Water
3rd block continues 1:20-2:15 (55 minutes)