A free downloadable classroom procedures checklist for elementary teachers

Classroom Procedures Checklist for Upper Elementary Teachers

A free downloadable classroom procedures checklist for elementary teachers

As a teacher, you know that your classroom can't run like a well-oiled machine unless students know what exactly what is expected of them those first few weeks of school.  Use the list of classroom procedures and routines below to help you decide what procedures need to be taught as you head back to school this year.

Or, download this free pdf for a printable version:

Classroom Procedures Checklist Free PDF

You can find some examples and helpful tips for creating specific classroom procedures in your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom by clicking some of the links in the lists below.

Procedures for Transitioning

Upper elementary classrooms are in a constant state of transition.  Having clear procedures for what to do during the various transitions throughout the school day can help you minimize the amount of time is wasted.  It will also prevent behavior problems.

Some transition procedures you should consider are:

Procedures for Taking Care of Individual Needs

If you have 27 students in your class, then you have 27 different people that will be needing all sorts of things at different times throughout the day.  Taking care of individual needs is one of the biggest disruptors of classroom learning.

Being clear about the expectations for different individual needs can help minimize disruptions.  Consider coming up with hand signals for your classroom in order to help 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students take care of necessary business without interrupting the class.

Think about what procedures and routines you want to set in place for:

  • Asking Questions
  • Sharpening Pencils
  • Asking to go to the Bathroom
  • Asking for a Drink of Water
  • Throwing Away Trash
  • How to Get the Teacher's Attention
  • How to Get Help if the Teacher is Busy
  • Ways/Strategies to Calm Down if Upset, Sad, Frustrated, etc.
  • How to Fidget/Take Brain Break Without Distracting Others
  • What to do in Case of an Emergency
Back to School Bundle

Save yourself some time, stress, and over 40% those first weeks of school with this back to school bundle. It includes:

  • No Prep Emergency Sub Plans
  • No Prep Beginning of the Year Fun Packet
  • A Classroom Procedure Review Activity
  • An Interview a Friend Activity
  • What I Wish My Teacher Knew About Me
  • Back to School Ice Breakers & Writing Prompts
  • Classroom Procedures Checklist

Procedures for Getting Along With Others

Taking the time to intentionally teach your students how to navigate relationships and deal with conflict will not solve all the behavior problems in your classroom, but it will help.

Think about what procedures you can set in place for:

Don't leave routines for getting along with others off of your classroom procedures checklist!

Expectations for Common Classroom Situations

In certain situations, some behaviors are acceptable, while in other situations, these same behaviors are unacceptable.  This can be incredibly confusing for students unless they are explicitly taught when things are acceptable and when they aren't.

Teach students what behaviors are allowable for each of these common classroom situations:

  • Independent Work
  • Partner Work
  • Small Group/Centers
  • Whole Group
  • Carpet
  • Silent Reading
  • Guided Reading/Small Group Instruction

General Classroom Procedures

When students know exactly what is expected of them, your day will go more smoothly!  Think about whether you need to set up procedures for:

Procedures for Staying Healthy

COVID brought all sorts of health concerns into the limelight.  Set up different procedures to help keep you and your students healthy.

Besides whatever COVID protocols your school has in place, think about setting up procedures for:

  • Asking to go to the Nurse
  • Washing Hands
  • Using Hand Sanitizer
  • How to Cough
  • How to Sneeze
  • Needing to Throw Up

Safety Procedures

We all hope it will never happen, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared.

Depending on where you live, some of these emergency procedures might not be necessary.  Make sure your students know what to do in case of:

  • Fire
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado
  • Lockdown
  • Emergency Evacuation

Other Procedures to Add to Your Classroom Procedures Checklist

Some other possible procedures to add to your classroom procedures checklist include:

  • How to Take Care of Technology
  • Logging into the Computer
  • Checking Work
  • Agendas/Planners
  • Using Flexible Seating
  • Recycling
  • Putting Name, Number on Paper

Download a free pdf of this Classroom Procedures Checklist Free PDF.

Wondering how to practice these different procedures without students getting bored?  Check out these 17 Fun Ways to Review Classroom Procedures.

Or, check out these other classroom management tips, strategies, and ideas.  

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Make copies, find a fiction book, and you'll be ready for any emergency that comes your way!

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