Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I love reading Amelia's Blog, Where the Wild Things Learn so I've decided to Link up for the very first time with her A Day Our Way Linky!  

I currently teach a 3rd & 4th grade combination class due to Florida's class size amendment.  I have 8 third graders and 9 fourth graders!  I find it extremely challenging teaching two separate "blended" curriculum benchmarks and standards.  In Florida, a "blended" curriculum is a combination of The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards that are still assessed on our State's End of Year Standardized Assessment and the new Common Core State Standards.  

7:50-8:00: Morning Work: Students arrive, record homework in planners, and watch the morning news crew.
8:00-8:30: Science: I love teaching science!  This time is usually spent introducing new concepts and for exploration through the use of a science interactive student notebook.  Science content reading is integrated into my ELA/Workstation Block.  I have a science workstation filled with various texts related to our current science unit of study.  
8:30-9:00: 3rd Grade ELA/Close Reading:
9:00-9:30: 4th Grade ELA/Close Reading:  I begin with a reading benchmark/focus lesson using interactive student notebooks followed by a 3 day close reading cycle.  I use various text from Read Aloud Mentor Text, Leveled Readers, Chapter Books, and the basal reader. 
9:30-10:40: Small Group Instruction/Workstations: My small groups are extremely flexible based of course on student data needs.  I also have ELL and Intervention support staff push-in to assist during this time.  This is my favorite time of day!  If I could, I would teach this way all day long!!
10:45-11:15: Lunch
11:20-11:55: WTI (Walk-To-Intervention): This is when the entire grade level is ability grouped for intensive intervention/enrichment with reading & writing.
12:00-12:35: Special Area
12:35-1:05: Recess
1:05-1:55: Writing: My writing instruction consists of mini lessons, read aloud mentor text, modeled writing, figurative language, mentor sentences focused on narrative/expository prompt writing.  4th grade is a state writing assessment grade.  We only have 5 more weeks left to get ready for the FCAT Writing 2.0!
2:00-3:00: Math:I divide my time between 3rd & 4th grade.  I teach one grade level while the other is in Math workstations/centers.  I also have an intervention support teacher push-in during this time.  She is a life saver for me this year!  

My school is a Title I school that is considered "Plus 1" which means we get an extra hour each day for instruction.  There are only 4 elementary schools in our district that are given this extra hour.  Teachers are paid their hourly rate for this extra hour.  It's a nice chunk of change each year.  Even with this extra hour I find it hard to fit everything in that my students need.  

Let me know what you think!  I'm dying to hear from you!!  Susan


  1. Great Job Susan. How did you use the "A Day Our Way Linky" ? When I clicked on it, it just enlarged. I loved it and wanted to try to use it.

  2. Thanks Tiffany! I'm sure there is an easier way, but I really don't know what I'm doing! Lol! Okay, so here is what I did. First, I went to Amelia's blog, Where a The Wild Things Learn. She gives you permission to Link up. Then I right clicked on the image and saved as a picture. I inserted it into PowerPoint and inserted Text boxes to add my schedule! Then I saved that one slide as a JPEG file and uploaded it to my blog! It took me a couple of hours! Ha! Good luck!