Looking for some cool classroom jobs for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th students? If so, then I guarantee you’ll find something here.
Elementary Helper Jobs with Classroom Job Descriptions
These are the exact classroom jobs I used when I taught 3rd and 4th graders. Each job worked well, and students loved them.
These roles are also appropriate for 2nd and 5th grade students. Simply tweak each role to fit the needs and maturity levels of the age group.
Related: For more classroom management ideas for your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade classroom, check out these helpful classroom management resources.
1. Absentee Organizer
The Absentee Organizer must have legible handwriting and pay close attention to detail. He or she records class assignments and homework on a designated form.
This student places those notes in the “Absentee Folder” and gives it to the absent student upon his/her return.
2. Aesthetic Crew
The Aesthetic Crew keeps the classroom looking immaculate. At the end of the day, this group spruces up the classroom and erases the whiteboards.
3. Attendance Aide
The Attendance Aide takes attendance each day.
4. Backpack Monitor
The Backpack Monitor is neat and organized. He or she straightens backpacks and removes them from students’ walking space.
5. Birthday Director
The Birthday Director is outgoing, likes to celebrate others, and enjoys singing.
He notes student birthdays on the classroom calendar and leads the class in singing the “Happy Birthday” song on a child’s birthday.
The Botanist has a tendency for “green thumb” activities. He or she waters and nurtures the classroom plants.
The Caboose closes the door when the class leaves to go to another location in the school. He also turns off the lights upon the class exiting.
8. Centers Manager
The Centers Manager sets up literacy centers or word work activities. Additionally, he or she returns center activities and materials to their appropriate locations.
9. Cubby Captain
The Cubby Captain gently pushes protruding items into the respective cubby. He or she notes which cubbies are in disarray and informs the teacher.
10. Daily Scheduler
The Daily Scheduler writes the date on the board each morning and changes the month/day cards on the classroom calendar.
11. Desk Inspector
The Desk Inspector serves as a role model by keeping his/her desk immaculate.
He or she reviews student desks daily or weekly checking for organization and neatness.
12. Distribution Specialist
The Distribution Specialist is efficient and organized. He or she distributes papers to classmates.
13. Door Holder
The Door Holder holds the door open for classmates as the class walks to and from various locations.
The Electrician turns on/off lights upon entering/exiting classroom.
He or she makes sure classroom computers and mobile devices are turned off at the end of the day.
15. Financial Advisor
The Financial Advisor “pays” classmates their “salary” each week (if the class has a class economy classroom set-up).
This helper also assists the teacher in counting money raised during classroom fundraisers.
The Musician chooses songs from the “Writer’s Workshop” playlist to play softly during independent writing time and controls the volume of the soft tunes.
17. Paper Collector
The Paper Collector collects classroom/homework assignments, organizes them neatly, and then hands the work to the teacher.
18. Pencil Patrol
The Pencil Patrol sharpens “community-property” pencils at the beginning and end of the school day.
Additionally, he or she empties the electric pencil sharpener when full.
19. Pet Keeper
The Pet Keeper feeds and cares for the classroom pet.
Note: This is a very popular job with 4th graders, so you might want to alternate this task more often.
20. Property Manager
The Property Manager surveys the classroom at the end of the day to make sure everything’s in place.
Furthermore, he or she reports broken, missing, or in-need-of-repair items to the teacher.
21. Recycling Advocate
The Recycling Advocate empties the recycling bin regularly and encourages classmates to dispose of recycled materials appropriately.
22. Sanitation Manager
The Sanitation Manager walks around with the wastebasket asking classmates to dispose of their wastes during arts and crafts activities.
He or she collects big pieces of litter from the classroom floor when appropriate.
23. Snacks Distributor
The Snacks Distributor passes out snacks to classmates during snack time and ensures that everyone has been offered something.
24. Table Captain
The Table Captain distributes and collects papers for group members plus fetches materials for its respective group.
25. Technology Technician
The Technology Technician moves the lesson along by controlling the mouse when the teacher is instructing using a projector.
He or she manages the document camera as needed, distributes iPads, or assists the teacher in navigating online teaching tools.
26. Administrative Assistant
The Administrative Assistant assists the classroom teacher by fetching materials needed in a short notice.
She also completes the duties not directly defined within other classroom helper jobs.
27. Bulletin Board Helper
The Bulletin Board Helper helps the teacher with taking down and putting up bulletin boards before or after school.
28. Fire Drill Deputy
The Fire Drill Deputy carries the fire drill backpack or bag with first-aid supplies during a fire drill.
The Librarian keeps the classroom library organized and returns classmates’ books to the school library on a daily or weekly basis.
30. Line Leader
The Line Leader leads the class from one location in the school to another.
31. Graphic Design Squad
The Graphic Design Squad visualizes and sketches new bulletin board ideas based on current learning objectives.
The Meteorologist records the weather and temperature each day on the classroom calendar.
Also, he confirms indoor or outdoor recess on wet days.
33. Special Events Coordinator
The Special Events Coordinator maintains the school’s “Current Events” bulletin board and posts memos of school events.
34. Bathroom Monitor
The Bathroom Monitor supervises the bathroom to make sure peers are not playing around, turns off faucets accidentally left running, and makes sure no one is left in the bathroom after the class leaves.
35. Errand Runner/Messenger
The Errand Runner runs papers to and from the office plus delivers messages between classrooms.
36. Nurse Aide
The Nurse Aide accompanies an injured student to the school nurse and carries the hall pass (or anything else) for the hurt student if needed.
37. Recess Equipment Monitor
The Recess Equipment Monitor scans the playground after recess to see if any sporting or play materials remain.
Additionally, he or she collects forgotten playground items and returns them to the appropriate location.
38. Student Ambassador
The Student Ambassador accompanies a new student on a tour around the school, noting important locations and/or school procedures.
He or she guides new students in learning the ins and outs of the school.
39. Substitute Helper
The Substitute Helper fills in for any classroom job when the student isn’t available and assists peers with their classroom jobs when more hands are needed.
Transporters carry materials from homeroom to electives/specials’ classes (art, music, p.e).
She or he also handles materials/items that must be moved from one part of the school to another.
Wrapping Up: Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students
This list of cool classroom jobs for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will help manage your classroom while also building a collaborative community of young learners.
For ideas on managing all of these classroom jobs, read about the implementation of classroom helper job crews.
This unique method streamlines classroom helper jobs for you and the students!
Happy Teaching and Learning