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3-5 Upper Elementary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.

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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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

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The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge

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Using Technology to Teach Health and Wellness

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"I'm Done": Meaningful Work for Classroom Downtime

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Growth Mindset and the Common Core Math Standards

Guest blogger Cindy Bryant, moderator of the LearnBop PLC, illustrates how the growth mindset aligns with the Common Core Standards for math.

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The Path to Digital Citizenship

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek looks at the ethical and practical sides of digital citizenship, and suggests a mindful path for teaching the necessary skills in the elementary grades.

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Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers Meet the Lesson Study Method

Guest blogger Anne-Lise Halvorsen introduces the lesson study, a professional development method she uses to engage and inspire pre-service teachers around elementary social studies curriculum.

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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

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

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Brain-Compatible Study Strategies

Guest blogger Lori Desautels details a set of brain-compatible study strategies for fifth graders, although these methods could be adapted for use at any age.

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Student Apps for Winter Reading

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares a generous list of winter reading apps and ebooks for elementary students in class and with their families.

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How Rafe Esquith’s 5th Graders Became the World Famous Hobart Shakespeareans

Guest blogger Rafe Esquith describes his process of trial and error in teaching fifth graders how to perform Shakespeare and play guitar.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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Social and Emotional Learning and the Start of School

Social and Emotional Learning expert Maurice Elias offers up seven ideas to keep in mind at the start of the school year.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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Visual Art as Critical Thinking

Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.

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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math
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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

An Oregon elementary school has improved test scores by integrating math across all subject areas and focusing on teacher training.

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Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares some creative ideas to make book reports more fun and meaningful for all types of learners (and teachers!).

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Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions

Blogger Ben Johnson offers three steps for creating richer classroom discussions.

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