3-5 Upper Elementary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.

  • Project-Based Learning

    Junior Historians at Work

    A fourth-grade teacher shares a project-based learning unit that incorporates social studies, literacy, math, and 21st-century skills.
  • Growth Mindset

    Guiding Students to a Healthy Math Identity

    Young mathematicians need to see that the keys to success are passion and dedication, not speed and always being right.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Bringing Social Studies to Life With PBL

    A teacher transforms her third-grade unit on Native Americans into a semester-long project-based learning unit.
  • Student Engagement

    One Quick Thing

    A brief daily sharing exercise can help young students build a sense of community and the confidence to participate in class.
  • Communication Skills

    Honing Students’ Speaking Skills

    Some guidelines for teaching all students to speak credibly and confidently—an essential skill for college and career success.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    An Inside Look at Trauma-Informed Practices

    A Nashville elementary school takes a comprehensive approach to trauma-informed practices, creating a space where students feel known and supported.
  • Response to Intervention

    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.
  • Mental Health

    Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • Teacher Wellness

    Prioritizing Teacher Self-Care

    It’s a simple self-care strategy: Teachers text a colleague to cover their class for a minute when they need to de-escalate and recharge.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.