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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.

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    Pickleball is an inclusive sport that focuses on strategy and team building and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This makes it perfect for elementary schools!
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    These entertaining online tools will engage upper elementary math students in learning how to estimate, a useful skill now and later in life.
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    To ensure that social and emotional learning has the greatest impact on learning, embed SEL in academic instruction.
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    Building students’ literacy skills in the context of specific subjects helps boost their overall engagement in learning.
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