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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.

  • The Math Manipulatives Hiding in a Junk Drawer

    When parents ask how to get the benefits of manipulatives like base 10 blocks in distance learning, teachers can share strategies for using common household items.
    Nell McAnelly
  • Staying Connected Through Morning Message Videos

    Recording short, fun videos for your students every day can help build community and consistency during distance learning.
  • Teaching Drama in Distance Learning

    Tips and strategies to help literature and drama teachers adapt theatrical pedagogy for the Zoom stage.
  • 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.
  • 8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
  • 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.’
  • How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom

    By establishing routines that address the challenges of online learning, teachers can help students in grades 3 to 8 feel a sense of belonging.
  • How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

    In many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.
  • 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.
  • Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Distance Learning

    The morning message is a popular way to help elementary students transition into school—and it can be adapted for home learning.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • 3 Participation Strategies for Live Video Instruction

    Most teachers develop ways to encourage classroom participation, but may not yet have ones for distance learning. These are easy to use anytime.
  • 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.
  • Designing Your LMS to Make Distance Learning Better

    Intentionally setting up a learning management system where everything students need is easy to access can help them all be successful.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.

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