3-5 Upper Elementary
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.
Managing Classroom Volunteers in Your Elementary ClassroomThese tips make it easier for teachers to host classroom volunteers without adding to their own workload.181
How a School Made Play Central to LearningAt a primary school in the UK, both students and teachers have become more engaged and curious as a result of a shift to a fully play-based approach—and learning has become more joyful for everyone.
A Framework for Building Older Students’ Literacy SkillsEncouraging middle school students to read books of all genres and reading levels can reignite their interest in reading.
The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and LearnImagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.1M
Creating Opportunities for Unstructured PlayWhen schools make space for free play in a natural environment, students are left to their own devices to build, create, and problem-solve—and the benefits continue once they are back in the classroom.1.8k
13 Formative Assessments That Inspire CreativitySometimes mixing in formative assessments that go a step beyond exit slips and low-stakes quizzes can inject some fun—and creativity—into learning.3.5k
How Puppets Can Help Kids Express EmotionsUsing simple strategies acted out by puppets, students learn social and emotional skills that help them calm themselves, identify their feelings, and connect with others.2.3k
Using Stories Beyond Word Problems to Teach MathStories can help students recall key math concepts and make the subject more relevant to them.401
Classroom Management Built on BoundariesGuiding upper elementary students with boundaries rather than rules can make for a more harmonious classroom.989
Making Students Feel SafeA trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success.129.4k
Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’54.2k
The Joy of Pickleball in Elementary SchoolPickleball is an inclusive sport that focuses on strategy and team building and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This makes it perfect for elementary schools!3.4k
4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive FunctioningEffective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation.9.6k
8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual ClassroomEducators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.49.6k
A Daily Support System for StudentsStudents who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.89.8k