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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.

  • How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM

    If we want to close the gender gap in science, we need to look at the invisible forces that shape classroom culture.
    Youki Terada
  • 4 Ways to Boost Elementary Students’ Working Memory

    Kids with strong working memory tend to perform well in school, and teachers can help them strengthen this executive functioning skill.
  • Student works with play money

    Creating a Culturally Responsive Math Curriculum for the Elementary Grades

    Seeking a curriculum to both engage and meet the needs of their students, math educators in St. Paul, Minnesota, built their own.
    1.2k
  • 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.
    41.1k
  • 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.’
    38k
  • Author's comic strip math problem

    How to Turn Math Word Problems Into Engaging Comics

    Elementary students may struggle with the wording of problems, and the visual supports of comics can help them focus on the math.
    2.6k
  • 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
  • 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 Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Taking an asset-based approach to supporting students who are new to the English language can help them thrive.
    1.4k
  • Elementary school students in classroom with hands raised

    Virtual Teaching Practices With Staying Power

    Remote teaching prompted teachers to find new ways to reach kids and build a feeling of community, and some of those will be well worth keeping.
    1.4k
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    10.7k
  • 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.
    3.5k

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