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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.

  • Elementary aged girl does math problem on whiteboard

    Using Student-Led Collaborative Learning to Empower Math Students

    By slightly modifying the gradual release of responsibility strategy, teachers can boost students’ engagement and learning.
    Joseph Manfre
    451
  • Students have discussion in circle in school

    Strengthening Student Relationships Through Oral Storytelling

    Storytelling, an age-old practice, offers a window into students’ personal experiences and an opportunity to connect more deeply as a class.
    324
  • An illustration concept of psychological exploration

    In Schools, Finding Hope at a Hopeless Time

    Research shows that hope is a measurable, learnable skill—and to feel hopeful, students and teachers have to work at it.
    3.2k
  • 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
  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
    40.3k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    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.’
    37.8k
  • Elementary aged boy gardening outside

    Teaching the Concept of Equity Through Gardening

    Plants can illustrate how different people need different things to be nourished—and how equality and equity differ.
    9.2k
  • 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
  • A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    New research reveals that when science, reading, and math come together in rigorous hands-on projects, student collaboration, engagement, and achievement can soar.
    5.5k
  • First grade teacher instructs a hybrid classroom

    Hybrid Teaching Strategies for Elementary Classrooms

    Some adaptations for hybrid classrooms, like digital manipulatives and instructional videos—will be worth keeping when all students are back in the room.
    3.8k
  • A photo of the classic board game "Battleship"

    13 Virtual Games to Play in Your Elementary Classroom

    From scavenger hunts to Pictionary, we’ve gathered a batch of virtual games to get students talking, laughing, and engaging with peers.
    10k
  • 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.
    31.1k
  • 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
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
    3.4k
  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
    116.6k

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