A Day in Upper Elementary by SRMS 6th Grader Victoria
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a sixth grader in the Upper Elementary class? Well in Upper El., each day is a little bit different than the previous day, but this is what my week is like.
Everyday when I come in, I turn in any homework that I have and greet the teacher. After that, I read the white board. “The Board” will have any instructions that I need before I start journal. Some days I go to reading buddies with the Lower Elementary class, on Thursdays there is a spelling test and all the other days I’ll do something in the classroom, like puzzles or free-writing in your journal spiral.
When journal is over the teacher will ring the bell and I come to circle. At circle the class discusses the news. At this time I can share anything in the news that I think is interesting. Also, at circle time the teacher will read the daily jobs. Daily jobs are like assignments that you have to do, these change each day. (For example: cleaning the tables after lunch, delivering milk, etc.) After circle, work time will start. On Mondays, though, before work time the class will have a Spanish lesson with Ms. Martha.
At work time, I do any work in the “regular” subjects that I need to do. First, I correct anything that has a sticky-note and bring it to a teacher. For the 6th graders, daily editing comes next and then I can start on work. I work, and work, and work until 12 ‘o clock and then I clean up for lunch, go to the lunch room, eat, and then go to recess.
When I come back inside I come to circle. The teacher will tell me what the class is doing next. On Monday, we have art, on Tuesday, we have our community meeting, and Wednesday and Thursday we have cultural time, Thursday is also music, and on Friday afternoon we have P.E.
As soon as our “specialist time” is over we do our weekly jobs, which include cleaning the tables and chairs, sharpening the pencils, feeding the classroom pets, etc. Then it will be time to go home.
Upper Elementary is different every day, but now you have an idea what it would be like to be a sixth grader in the amazing Upper Elementary classroom.