32 meaningful classroom job ideas - a list for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

32 Meaningful Classroom Job Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

32 meaningful classroom job ideas - a list for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Classroom jobs are a great way to help get 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students excited about helping out in the classroom. And as a HUGE added bonus, having an organized classroom job system can really help save you time.

The classroom jobs list below contains 32 possible jobs you could have in your upper elementary classroom. Not every classroom job will work in every classroom, so pick and choose the jobs that work for you.

Rotating jobs daily or weekly can add stress to your life instead of being helpful.  If you need help implementing a classroom job system that actually helps save you time and stress, check out this system!

Making these jobs meaningful for students will help them take ownership and complete their jobs with care.  Make sure students understand how their job is helping you and helping the classroom.  If you don't see the job as actually helpful, don't assign it to your students.

Classroom Jobs List: 32 Ideas

1. Line Leader - This student is the first person in line and responsible for leading your class in the hallway.  The line leader has to know how to get to different places around the school.

This student could also be responsible for stopping in certain places to wait for anyone whom might be lagging behind.

2. Caboose - This student is the last person in line and responsible for closing the door when you leave the classroom.

3. Hallway Monitor - This student is responsible for monitoring hallway behavior and letting you know of any major problems.

4. Bathroom Monitors - These students are responsible for monitoring bathroom behavior and making sure the bathrooms remain clean. (Find  more tips on managing bathroom procedures here.)

5. Door Holder - This student is responsible for opening doors and holding doors open for your class.  It's often easiest to have the door holder be the 2nd person in line, after the line leader.  This gives the door holder easy access to doors.

6. Lights Monitor - This student is responsible for turning the lights on and off when you leave and enter the class and other times a light change is necessary.

7.  Encourager - This student is responsible for noticing when other students look lonely or sad, and then talking to and encouraging that student.

8. Clipboard Holder - If you use a clipboard to keep track of behavior or other things, then this student is responsible for always knowing where that clipboard is for you, and for carrying it when you need somebody to hold it for you. (A clipboard is one of my 11 Must-Haves for the Upper Elementary Classroom!)

9. Bag Carrier - This student is responsible for carrying anything you might need to transport when you are going from one place to another.

10. New Student Helper - This student is assigned to be a friend and helper to any new student that enters your classroom. Have the New Student Helper be responsible for helping new students understand classroom procedures, learn their way around the school, and making sure the new student has somebody to talk to at lunch and recess.

11. Emergency Drill Assistant - This student is responsible for carrying your emergency bag in case of an evacuation drill.

12. Attendance Monitor - This student helps with attendance, letting you know who is absent.  You could also make this student responsible for collecting work for anyone who is absent.

13. Trash Monitor - This student is responsible for making sure other students are keeping the classroom clean and not leaving trash on the floor.

14. Recycling Monitor - This student monitors the recycling bins and helps whenever recycling is picked up.

15. Zookeeper - This student is responsible for taking care of a class pet you might have.

16. Botanist - This student is responsible for taking care of any plants you might have in your classroom.

17. Materials Manager - This student is responsible for passing out whatever materials you might need passed out for a lesson (math manipulatives, books, dry erase markers, etc.)

18. Paper Passer Outer - This student is responsible for passing out papers for you. It can be helpful to have more than one paper passer outer to save time.

19. Board Cleaner - This student is responsible for erasing your boards at the end of the day - chalkboards or dry erase boards!

20. Uniform Checker - If your school requires uniforms, this student checks to make sure that students are wearing the appropriate uniform and have their shirts tucked in.

21. Librarian - This student makes sure that your classroom library remains neat and organized.  (If you are looking to reorganize your classroom library, check out this classroom library checkout system.)

22. Cutting Assistant - This student helps with any cutting you might need done in advance to prepare any centers, games, or activities.

23. Pencil Sharpener - This student is responsible for sharpening pencils for you or for the entire class, depending on how you manage pencil procedures in your classroom.

24. Technology Assistant - This student can help you if you need any technical assistance, or they can help other students who might need help with their computers or other technology.  If you have computers or tablets in the classroom, then the technology assistant could be responsible for monitoring that area.

25. Chair Stacker - This student is responsible for making sure all of the chairs get stacked at the end of the day.

26. Photographer - This student is responsible for taking pictures to help document what is happening in your classroom.

27. Desk Checker - This student checks to make sure students desks are clean and organized.

28. Hand Sanitizer Assistant - This student is responsible for distributing hand sanitizer to each student anytime this is necessary.

29. Reminder Monitor - This student responsible for reminding you of things you forgot to do, or things you knew you might forget to do later.

For example, if you are in the hallway and notice some outstanding behavior, ask the reminder monitor to remind  you to reward that student later.

Or, if you know you will need to remind your students about an upcoming field trip at the end of the day, ask the reminder monitor to remind you of that at the end of the day.

Or, if you consistently forget to take attendance, the reminder monitor can be responsible for reminding you of this daily.

30. Substitute - This student is responsible for taking over the classroom jobs of any student that is absent.

31. Errand Runner - This student is responsible for running any errands you might need run (notes to the office, to other teachers, etc.).

32. Teacher's Helper - This student does all of the other jobs you need assistance with that aren’t covered by your regular classroom jobs.

Choosing what jobs to give your students is easy - creating a system that is useful and easy to implement is the important part.  Check out this easy to manage classroom job system.  

You might also find some of these other classroom management ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade useful.

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