My Schedule and Peek at the Week Coming Up!!!

I often get questions about my daily schedule and what a typical day in my classroom looks like.  Honestly, I don't know how helpful I'm going to be to anyone because my schedule is VERY different than a regular ed 2nd grade classroom.  I get ONE hour to teach all of language arts... including reading, grammar, spelling, writing, etc.  Crazy, right?!  But, somehow it works for us which is good because our program sets the amount of time we get for each subject.  Our kiddos get language arts in English and Spanish daily, so they are getting 2 hours each day.  It just works a little differently :)

With all that said, here is my daily schedule.  And as I tell my administrators... it is subject to change at anytime, ha!  Sometimes I need 90 minutes for ELA and only 60 minutes for Math, so we adjust accordingly.  I am a "go with the flow" kind of teacher now!  Also, I do NOT teach Science/SS/Health because my students learn all of those subjects in Spanish with my teaching partner.  While I'm teaching Math to one group, she is teaching those subjects to the other group :)
So, how do I fit it all in?  We don't have ANY extra time in our day for whole-class restroom breaks, structured morning work, etc.  We literally use every second that we have and my kids are exhausted by the end of the day, ha!  Honestly though, my day goes by so speedy fast that I don't even realize the day is over!!!

 Okay, so I'll explain a little more about my schedule and take you through a peek at my week because I'm joining up with THE Deedee Wills today!  I'm not going to commit to doing these visual plans every week, BUT I will try my darndest when I can!!!  You can view my plans HERE or click on the pictures below.  The pictures/links are clickable, but not through Google Docs.  You have to download the document and open it on your computer :)  Michelle has great tips on how open visual plans HERE!

For ELA each week, we normally have a reading focus... maybe a book, author, genre, series study or a concept/standard that we are working on.  I do NOT use a basal at all.  My teaching partner teaches in Spanish and she uses the basal because Spanish resources are so limited.  If I used it too then our kids would be reading the same story in both of our classes.  And, let's face it... that would be no fun for anyone!  That's where TpT, blogs, and my units come in handy!  

This week we are learning about the BME of a story, sequencing events, and retelling what we have read using Henry and Mudge books.  In English (grammar) we are focusing on complete sentences.  I normally do not have time to do both a day because my time is so limited.  That's why you'll see only 3 days of English planned.  If I do get an extra sec then we will use our journals to write about the concepts we are learning about!
In Math we are ordering and comparing numbers.  I do not pack my math plans full because I leave room for reteaching and delivering the concept in new ways.  A lot of what you see here on the blog comes from moments of "How can I do/say/teach this differently RIGHT NOW in this second!"  But, here's a good framework of what we are doing for the first 60 minutes of our math block!
 Now, let's get to what you're really all wondering... how do you fit in the Daily 5 and math stations?!  First of all, because I teach in the Dual Language program and don't have large chunks of time, I literally cannot spend 2 or 3 hours on the D5.  Don't throw stones at me, I know it's not the proper implementation of the program, and yada yada yada.  However, I do think my class is still benefiting in HUGE ways from what I've seen so far.  It's so much more structured than my centers used to be, yet still so flexible.  I'm not prepping center after center each week, and my kids are truly falling in love with reading.  They absolutely LOVE their Daily Five time, and that just makes my heart happy.

So, since I don't have all the time in the world, I am doing the Daily 5 Lite :)  My administrators came up with that term, and it fits what I'm doing perfectly.  Now that I've introduced all 5 "stations" this is what my kiddos do during their "Now that I'm done, what do I do?!" time AND, we have it built in to the last 40 minutes of our day.  IF we have any extra ELA time, and sometimes we do... we will go directly into our Daily 5 time!  This week we are focusing on building our word work station, so I have quick 5-10 minute mini-lessons for that each day.  I'll do those during my structured/built-in D5 time.
As for math stations, here's what I have planned.  I will have 5 stations prepped (see plans above)- one copy of each station, probably in a ziploc bag because that's how I roll, ha!  2 kids will visit 1 station at a time.  Along with my 5 stations, I will also have a small group going with about 4 kiddos, and 4 kiddos will be using the iPads.  So, that means 10 kiddos will be at a math station, 4 kiddos will be using the iPads for math, and 4 kiddos will be with me (or with our Title 1 aide that I mentioned yesterday).

Did I cover it all?!  Or did I just make your head spin?!!!!  Anyways, like I said before, I'm linking up with Deedee for this week's Peek at My Week Linky!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below in the comment section!  I'll try my best to address them if I have the answers :)


Julie Stowe said...

Do you have to do Science, health, PE & sport, social studies. Just trying to understand the differences in our systems. Thanks for sharing about how you operate and visual timetables...this was helpful.
Hope your week is full of fun.
Julie :-)
Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

Courtney said...

I love that you start your day early, it would work for me since I am an early bird. Are you required to teach social studies/science? That is always our struggle, to fit that in.

Jessica Goodrow said...

Wow! And I have been complaining I only have 1 hour to do grammar, writing, and addition to my 90 minute reading block. So do you not have a "writing" time? It's just incorporated into whatever you are doing? I also love that your day begins and ends so early! We don't get out until nearly 4:00.

Literacy Spark

amy.lemons said...

I just added that to my post above :) My kiddos learn Science/SS/Health when they switch classes. So, they learn those subjects in Spanish with my teaching partner. As far as writing, I build that into my lessons whenever possible. So, we incorporate a lot of writing with reading and math. And, it's a part of the D5 :)

Stephanie Liuag said...

Hi! Where did your even Steven/odd Todd game come from? I just love all of your units! :0)

Mrs. Sutherland said...

How do you get the kids settled when they come in in the morning. My schedule is jam packed too so I'm wondering how you get your day started!



Jennifer Weberman said...

This is wonderful for me. As a first year teacher, I am still trying to plan / tweaking my days and routines the best way possible. Teaching at a private school, I only have half a day to get it all in! I will re-read these posts and learn as much as possible.
Thank you!

Ashley said...

Thank you so much for sharing! It's always nice to see how others fit things in. So are you meeting with students for Guided Reading groups during your ELA time or Daily 5 Lite (love that name--who has time to do the 5 rounds, really?!)? We have to meet with our groups for 20-30 minutes each and that is in addition to our ELA time. And now we have to have RTI time built in to our schedules. Sometimes I wonder if we should just be in school until 5:30 everyday.

Debbie Teise said...

Amy your post was timely. Just last night I posted How do you fit it all in?

Thank you.

pammy said...

Can you explain specials and conferences? What are your kiddos doing during this time? Here in California, we have no specials. Do your kids have something to go to every day?

Lann300 said...

I'm new to Dual Language here in Austin (I'm English) so your insights are so helpful to me. Have been following you for years now!

Gladys said...

Amy...this is a great blog post! I love seeing how other teachers structure their day! Thanks for sharing! :)

Elisabeth said...

This is such a great post! I love all your ideas and seeing what your day looks like! I want to be in your class! :) I would love to hear more about the Daily 5 lite!! I'm *trying* to implement the Daily 5 this year for the first time. We don't have a whole lot of time either and it's a crunch to get everything in... I'd love to hear more about how you are doing yours!! :)


Terhune said...

I LOVE seeing your weekly plans! It is so nice to "collaborate" with other second grade teachers! It also advertises your units you make so I will be visiting your TPT shop soon! Keep the peeks at your weeks comin! :)

Sabrina Hamilton said...

Thanks so much for the schedule , oh how I wish we could do something similar. I do have a question how do you manage checking work. Do you give them "center activities" and check individually? or check whole group and let them correct? or take it home and check? I have a very diverse group and we are pre primer to 4th grade reading level in a self contained second grade room and I am struggling to meet the needs of my students.

D'Ann Blackburn said...

Do you change your math stations every week, once a month or never. Thank you for all the wonderful posts about your lesson plans. D'Ann

aliprkr said...

I need some advice.
I have a 15 min. & 75 min. Math Block and a 30 & 75 min ELA block, along with specials and I alternate between Science and Social Studies.
I have jumped into everything this year and now I feel like I am running in circles.

I tried implementing Daily 5 for the first time this year and I also have to use our Basal reader. This part seems to be going well.

I find that I have a ton of resources and blogs I now follow, but can't decide which is best?
For math, I started math journals. I have a lot of other things too - Daily Math from Lory Evans, Drops in the Bucket, and Math Minutes, along with the unit I am teaching. I want to start math workstations too, but I am all over the place with resources.

aliprkr said...

Any advice on spelling help?

lisaher said...

It seems that the links aren't working anymore for your visual schedules. They were helpful for me to link to your products that you use in your week...

Taylor Wall said...


I LOVE reading your posts. They are so helpful and encouraging. This is only my second year teaching and my first year as a homeroom teacher. I am trying to implement the daily 5 in my classroom and like you, I only have a limited time to do this. I was wondering if you could possibly share how you get each of your centers started. I am really struggling to do this. I don't know if it would be easier to respond to me by e-mail. If so, I can send you my e-mail!

Thanks :)