Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Daily Schedule

I’m so excited to be linking up with Ashley (Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd) and Angie (Lucky Little Learners)! They’re starting a monthly linky and we’re going to share our schedules with you this month. Want to know what my firsties’ daily schedule looks like?! Check it out here:
First grade daily schedule
8:00 – 8:15 Morning Routine
         When students walk into the class they check the board and complete the tasks. Students usually read their poetry books or work on their math facts. Once the daily announcements begin, they clear their desks. I took photos of my students completing the tasks and placed them into my smartboard display. Click HERE to check them out.
Morning Routine Task Displays
8:15 – 8:25 Calendar
         The calendar person reviews the date and number of days in school. After this, he invites students up to build the number of the day. We use a program called What’s my place, What’s my value. It’s a great way to build number sense and place value skills. Click HERE to learn more about it.

8:25 – 9:40 Reading Workshop (15 minute blocks)
Reading Workshop Routine
         8:25 Mini-lesson- I conduct a 15 minute mini-lesson related to a particular skill or standard. I usually focus on the same idea or for an entire week.
         8:40 Just Right Books – Teacher meets with Group 1. Students read books at their Independent reading level. We use Fountas and Pinnell leveling system. They keep a bag of 6 books plus any books given to them during guided reading. The students trade their books weekly.
         8:55 Interest Books – Teacher meets with Group 2. Students have a selection of books from read. They may choose books from a book bin, library books, books from home, or poetry books.
Independent reading
         9:10 Literacy Centers – Teacher meets with Group 3. Students are in heterogeneous groups and go to one center each day. The rotations are assigned and posted on a chart at the front of the classroom. 

The centers include Computers, Writing, Library, Word Work, and Games. At computers, students play games practice their spelling words on I update their words weekly and they LOVE it. Students complete a page from their writing booklet at the writing center. I've been making my own prompts. Click {HERE} to see them. Students trade their books and read at the library center. The word work center is the most simple. Students rainbow write or dotty write their words. For games, I've been using Marsha McGuire's I Can Do It Myself packs. I have multiple packs and have switched the words throughout the year.
Daily 5
Daily 5 Writing

         9:25 Sight words/ Games – Teacher meets with Group 4. Students have sight words on a sight word ring. The cards are from Primary Graffiti’s Year-Round Homework packet. I have also placed pages from the Moffatt Girls’ I Can Read packet in sheet protectors. My kiddos use these in partnerships.

9:40 – 10:00 Recess (duty free)

10:00 – 10:30 ELD Deployment
       All first and second grade students deploy for ELD instruction (even the English only students). Each teacher has a different level/group. We use a program called EL Achieve.

10:30 – 10:55 Close Reading (Standards based instruction)
       This year is my first year teaching first grade, so I followed the district’s pacing calendar and used Houghton Mifflin readers at the beginning of the year. After blog stalking a few bloggers for a few months, I found more information about close reading. I’ve used this in order to support the units of study my grade level team created. I switch between fiction and nonfiction. I’ve found Tara West’s Close Reads to be most detailed. Click HERE to see her packs. They are AMAZING!
10:55 – 11:10 Math Stations
       This may be a blog post all on its own. Let me know if you’d like some details. UPDATE: You can read about it {HERE}.

11:10 – 11:40 Math
       I use much of the enVision program and sometimes supplement with my own worksheets or activities. It really depends on the topic.

11:40 – 12:40 Lunch (duty free hour)

12:40 – 12:55 Spelling/ Phonics
       Some of our spelling activities: tap spell, crazy write, bubble blow spelling

12:55 – 1:10 Grammar

1:10 – 2:00 Writing/ Science (Units of study)

2:00 – 2:20 P.E.
         GoNoodle, Deskercise (subscriptionrequired), good old fashion relays
2:20 – 2:27 Clean up
       Students color their clip chart calendars, clean their floors, and put their book bags in their backpacks. Then, we sing the “Get” song from Heidisongs (the song is at the end of the post in the link). Each team checks their mail and gets their backpacks. We line up, sing our goodbye song, and head out the door.

2:27 Dismissal

I tried to give details, without going overboard. If something is unclear or you’d like to know more, I’d be glad to share with you. Just leave me a comment.


  1. Ahhh I LOVE the visual to dos on your SMART board!! Love love love! Thanks so much for sharing your schedule with us and for linking up!!! <33

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  2. After reading your post, I get the sense that your day is complete and so much learning goes on! I love that you are bold enough to make your own way! I looked at the Tara West product. It looks like it is very complete with the paired text. I would love to see it in action in your room! (I am curious about your math stations. I'm always trying to tweek it to work better.)