Missouri School Improvement Program

RECOMMENDED MINUTES OF INSTRUCTION FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

Primary Grades (1-3)

Upper Elementary (4-6 including

7 & 8 if self contained)

Daily Weekly Daily Weekly
Developmental Reading 90 Min. 450 min. 60 min. 300 min.
Language Arts 60 min. 300 min. 60 min. 300 min.
Mathematics 60 min. 300 min. 60 min. 300 min.
Social Studies 30 min. 150 min. 40 min. 200 min.
Science 30 min. 150 min. 40 min. 200 min.
Physical Education *15 min. 60 min. *15 min. 60 min.
Art **15 min. 60 min. **15 min. 60 min.
Music **15 min. 60 min. **15 min. 60 min.
Health 15 min. 60 min. 15 min. 60 min.
                               Total 330 min. 1590 min. 320 min. 1540 min.

*It is recommended that this be scheduled and taught through two 30 minute periods per week.  However, to meet the minimum requirement, districts must schedule and teach this for 50 minutes per week.

**It is recommended that this be scheduled and taught at least 60 minutes per week.  However, to meet the minimum requirement, districts must schedule and teach this for 50 minutes per week.

It is assumed the normal six hour day will provide for 360 minutes of instructional activities in which children are under the guidance and direction of teachers in the teaching process.  The above recommendations provide 30 minutes for primary grades and 45 minutes for upper elementary grades that the teacher can schedule additional activities that are in the best interest of the youngsters. The school week should consist of 1800 minutes of instruction at both the primary and upper elementary grade levels.  This allows approximately 200 minutes of instruction time per week to be used at the discretion of the teacher.  It should be noted that in both the daily and weekly schedule that reading and language arts activities should be incorporated into other instructional areas.