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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.

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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.

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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When Behavior Charts Don't Work, Throw Them Out!

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Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning

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Was "Old School" So Bad? Part 1

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Don't Say "Your Child Can't Read"

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

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When Behavior Charts Don't Work, Throw Them Out!

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Teaching Syllables Can Mask Meaningful Morphemes

To help beginning readers grasp the difference between written and spoken language, start with the meaning of the words rather than their syllabic breakdown.

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Cultivating Cultural Assets: An After-School Story

Make every family feel welcome by inviting parents from different cultures to share their language, heritage, and stories in after-school programs.

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Small Group Work With "I Choose"
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Small Group Work With "I Choose"

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

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Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships
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Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships

By sending home detailed data reports that focus on a specific skill, Humboldt opens a two-way line of communication with parents about their child's learning.

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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

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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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Photo of elementary student with iPad
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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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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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K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy

An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy in this six-part series.

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What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools

How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

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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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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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Differentiated Instruction Allows Students to Succeed

Equality in the classroom is not about every child getting the same, but about each student getting what he or she needs.

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Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

Nick Grantham of FractusLearning describes how five emerging technologies, despite their science fictional nature, might be used in classrooms of the not-too-distant future.

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