3-5 Upper Elementary

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

  • Curriculum Planning

    Building a Sense of Community With Music

    How a music program can fortify peer relationships and increase parent engagement and community involvement.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Navigating Asian and American Identities

    Eight books with Asian Pacific American protagonists can help foster rich dialogues in our diverse elementary schools.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
  • Education Trends

    Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom

    The Share Your Learning campaign highlights the value of having students present their work to authentic audiences.
  • Literacy

    Finding the Source of Reading Difficulties

    Readers who are struggling in upper elementary and middle school may benefit from phonics instruction.
  • Classroom Management

    The Take Care of Me List

    A middle school teacher asks students how she can best support them—and shares how they can best support her and the class.
  • 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.