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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.

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  • 6 Unproductive Ways to Learn Math Basics—and What to Do Instead

    Tune up your math teaching with this review of strategies to avoid, plus alternatives that will challenge, engage, and enlighten your students.
    Youki Terada
    500
  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
  • Boosting Confidence With Student-Driven Math

    When teachers noticed a lack of autonomy in the math classroom, a switch to a student-centered curriculum bumped ownership of learning—and the kids' ability to talk about their problem-solving approach.
  • The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
    1M
  • Reinforcing Elementary Math Lessons With Movement

    Combining simple exercises with math instruction can help ensure that elementary school students remember these lessons.
    2.8k
  • Rethinking How We Teach Reading in Elementary School

    To become better readers, Natalie Wexler says, students should grapple with abundant, high-caliber texts in the elementary grades—not just skills and strategies.
    1.8k
  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
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    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.’
    38.3k
  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
  • Establishing a Culture of Mindfulness in Elementary School

    Providing opportunities for students and staff to participate in wellness practices can start with one dedicated day each week.
    1.4k
  • A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
  • Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

    Dismantling tenacious myths about dyslexia—and drawing on evidence-based practices when teaching—can make a powerful difference for students with the condition.
    1.2k
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
    89.2k
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
    31.2k

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