My Schedule - Together We Are Better Linky

Hello!  I'm so excited to join Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners for the 2gether We Are Better link up!

This week all the posts are about schedules.

Before I begin to explain my schedule, I do want to mention that I'm in Arizona and I teach in an ELD class, so my schedule is focused around my ELD block of times that are required by the state.

So let's get started:

My morning begins with breakfast in the classroom:

We have breakfast in the classroom.  I usually let the kids come in around 7am in order to unstack chairs, pass out breakfast and finish eating everything.

Listening and Speaking/Grammar
Part of our ELD block consists of us having a listening and speaking time.  There are very specific standards required during this time.  We are also required to teach grammar every day.  I end up going over my allotted block of time for grammar because I think it's important to teach it within reading and writing and not just in isolation.

During this time we send some of our struggling readers to our reading interventionists for additional support.  I also do whole group interventions with my class.  I usually do literacy centers and pull small groups, but with 31 students this year, that wasn't feasible.  

I taught 2nd grader for seven years prior to teaching first grade this year and we never had recess in second grade.  It took me a while to get used to it, but I see how great it is for the kids.

Science has got to be one of my favorite times of the day.  We have a program, but it's not good at all, so all I use are TpT resources.  Thank goodness for TpT!  Some resources that help me tons during this time are:
This bundle was costly, but it was worthy every penny!  It's seriously like a text book complete with student readers, graphic organizers, teacher read alouds, cut and paste activities, etc.  It ties in beautifully with my science, social studies, and reading themes.

And this one:

We are piloting Journeys, which I happen to love!  It is aligned to the common core and most of the stories are great for first grade.  During this time I like to do lots of interactive notebooking and I try to tie the theme in with our science.
Lots of our time is spent with basic reading skills, but comprehension is so important.  I was so happy when I discovered these reading comprehension passages!
They are perfect for emergent readers! My kids love them.

Lunch and Recess

We use our district adopted curriculum.  I like to spice things up with TpT once again :)
This bundle is incredible!  Every single standard is covered for first grade!  Blair also has them available for other grades too!

We have week long specials.  It's not bad, except that I think kids should have P.E. every week.

We don't have a program to follow for writing time.  We do writer's workshop free writing every day for 20 minutes (my favorite kind of writing) and we switch over to guided writing afterwards.  I teach a skill for a few days and focus in on that during writer's workshop.  My guided writing time is focused on one area per quarter (narrative-quarter 1, explanatory quarter-2, opinion quarter-3, and research reports-quarter 4). 
One of the resources I use a lot for my guided writing time is this one from Thank God It's First Grade:

Social Studies
I am sad to say that we don't always have time for social studies.  SS isn't required throughout our district, but I love to teach the subject!  So I squeeze it in as much as I can.  This time often gets eaten up by writing, math, and reading or...testing and test prep.  But when I get a chance to go a full week teaching social studies, I'm one happy teacher!

When looking for social studies resources I go straight to one of my favorite teachers, Teacher to the Core.  She teaches first grade so her stuff is perfect!  I even used her materials in second grade and they worked well.

These are a couple of all time favorite SS packs:

Pack Up and Dismissal
At the beginning of the year, packing up takes forever.  Now it takes just a few minutes.  We clean up the floor real quick and pack up our backpacks and out the door we go.  About 90% consists of bus riders so most of my students ride the bus home.  This makes it really easy to get everyone out the door and get them home safely. 

It can be difficult sticking to everything, but what I've found that helps is keeping a schedule up somewhere in the room.  I was writing it up every day, but I finally made one myself. I'm thinking of attaching a clip to it and having a child in charge of moving it when we are moving onto another subject.

I also love it when things match, so these had to coordinate with my objectives:

These schedule cards are in my store if you are interested :-)

So what does your schedule look like?  Please link up and share your schedule!


  1. Hello sweet friend!!! As if I didn't adore everything that you make already - those schedule cards are going on my MUST BUY list!! I have your objectives, now I need your schedule cards to match MOST DEFINITELY!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thank you so much for linking up with us!!

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  2. Thank you for linking up with us! I ADORE your style and your classroom is beautiful! It blows my mind that you have 31 students and your day starts at 7:00 a.m. Wow! You must be exhausted at the end of your day! Ha! Ha! Again, thank you for a well-written and content-rich post!
    Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

  3. We almost follow the same school times. 7:20 (hello coffee) to 3:35.
    No recess in second? You are my hero! I think recess it is more for me than it is for them. haha!
    My Second Sense


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