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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

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A Cornucopia of Multidisciplinary Teaching

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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

Teaching elementary students to code begins with connecting to resources, looking beyond 1:1, trusting kids to learn, involving the school community, and making it fun.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? 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.

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14 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns presents a wealth of iPad apps to transform daily math lessons for elementary students.

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7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

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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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7 Apps for Helping Others

Children can practice empathy through apps that encourage collaboration, whether it’s drawing pictures together, cooking for each other, or creating lessons to share their knowledge.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

Digital learning specialists provide a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.

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10 Apps for Math Fluency

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns reviews ten apps, many available for both iOS and Android, that encourage math fluency by engaging elementary students with games to amuse as well as teach.

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

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The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

Posing a question to the class, allowing for think time, and then calling on a student is one simple strategy for engaging students in better academic discourse. (Updated 10/2013)

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Five-Year-Olds Pilot Their Own Project-Based Learning

Student-driven projects, enhanced by technology, launch kindergartners on a journey of lifelong learning.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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Do You Check for Understanding Often Enough with Students?

Blogger Elena Aguilar reminds us why formative assessments are important and offers strategies to use during a lesson or topic of study.

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