Minimum Allocated Instructional Time: Recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Grades Kindergarten (K) through 6: Recommended allocations of time per week for a six-hour school day

Grade Level

K*

1

2

3

4

5

6

Reading/English Language Arts**

30%

700

700

600

600

500

425

Mathematics

10%

300

300

300

300

300

300

Social Studies

10%

125

150

175

200

225

250

Science

10%

100

100

150

150

175

250

Health

10%

75

75

100

100

125

125

Physical Education

10%

150

150

150

150

150

150

Art

10%

90

90

90

90

90

90

Music

10%

75

75

75

75

75

75

World Language

--

--

--

--

--

100

100

Environmental Education***

***

***

***

***

***

***

***

Computer Literacy***

***

***

***

***

***

***

***

Career Exploration and Planning****

---

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****

****


* Up to one-third of each day in the kindergarten schedule may be reserved for students' self-selected instructional activities. The allocated instructional time recommendations presented in column K apply only to the portion of the schedule planned for teacher-directed activities. The time allocations for kindergarten are expressed in percentages to facilitate planning for various kindergarten schedules.

** Instruction specifically designed to strengthen reading and writing abilities should be integrated into other subject areas, such as health, science, and social studies.

*** Environmental education should be integrated into grades kindergarten through 12, with the greatest emphasis in health, science, and social studies. Computer literacy should be integrated into grades kindergarten through 12.

**** An introduction to career education and planning, through a one semester course or the equivalent in instructional time and course content should be provided in grades 5 to 8.


For questions about this information, contact Beverly Kniess (608) 266-3706