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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in grades 3-5? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms

Poetry is an effective tool for broadening elementary students' reading choices, strengthening sentence-level skills, teaching ELLs about English, and reinforcing learning across many subjects.

5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, and author Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Coding in the Common Core

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Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

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Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

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Create a Good Environment for Studying at Home

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world.

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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer
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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer

Taking class projects schoolwide makes learning more fun, more engaging, and more lasting for students.

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The Specials: Curriculum Enrichment Builds a Positive School Culture

Symonds Elementary's music, art, PE, and media teachers weave their practices into the fabric of the community, getting to know each student while enriching the school culture.

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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

Through Responsive Classroom practices such as Social Thinking, Symonds Elementary teaches its students daily that who they learn with is as important as what they learn.

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Goodbye, Old Bell: Graduating Students Speak From the Heart

Graduating fifth-grade students reflect on their struggles, growth, and achievements within the positive, caring environment of SEL-based Symonds Elementary School.

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach
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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations?

For productive parent-teacher conferences, teachers can team up with students' families, encouraging them to take a more active role in driving the conversation.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Remembering (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 1)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for Remembering are covered in this first post of a six-part series. (Updated 10/2013)

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Classroom Behavior? There's an App for That

Fifth-grade teacher Lisa Mims describes how she uses the ClassDojo app to improve student behavior, share data and save time.

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.

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Apps in the Elementary Classroom

Blogger Mary Beth Hertz looks at the role of educational apps for younger students and suggests ways of bringing these programs into the classroom.

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How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math

Blogger Ben Johnson makes a case for more collaboration between math and science teachers.

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How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary
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Use Formative Assessment to Differentiate Instruction

Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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