One question I am constantly being asked is what my 5th grade schedule looks like as a self-contained teacher, so I wanted to share it with you. I personally love seeing other 5th grade schedules and how that plays into their instruction.
I think see other teacher’s schedules in the same grade level can help when developing your own class schedule. It can also really help put strategies and ideas that you learn from a teacher in a context when you see their schedule.
Here is my schedule for the 2015-2016 school year (Click on the image to see a larger version that is easier to read):
Now, let’s talk about a few things I want to point out and address form my schedule:
As you can see on a normal day (with the exception of Tuesdays), I have the following times for each subject:
- Math: 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Science and Social Studies: 30 minutes
- Literacy: 3 hours and 10 minutes (district requirement)
As you notice there is no RTI or intervention time on the schedule. This is embedded into my daily schedule for each particular subject.
At the beginning of the year, we are given our schedules with literacy, specials, and lunch blocked off. Individually (or as a grade level), we work to schedule in our other subjects and subject our schedules for approval. The best part of this is that we can change our schedule at anytime as we see fit (with the exception of the blocked off areas and taking into account any intervention or support received).
As you can tell from my schedule, I have very limited time for science and social studies. I have to heavily integrate these subjects in literacy. I do this primarily through read alouds, guided reading, and writing about science and social studies topics. I also keep a large collection of informational texts on the subjects I teach in the classroom library. I do not teach both science and social studies at the same time. I teach a unit of science and then a unit of social studies and we review old units regularly for homework.
To read more detailed information about my other areas instruction, click on the links below:
If you are new to teaching 5th grade, I have these other helpful articles:
I would love to know how your 5th grade schedule (or any other upper elementary schedule) compares to mine. Is it similar or totally different?
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