3-5 Upper Elementary
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.
Activities to Spark Students’ Curiosity in the ClassroomInquisitive hooks, or activities designed to spark students’ curiosity, make the start of a new lesson fun, boosting their motivation to learn.275
Exploring Before Explaining Sparks LearningNew elementary science teachers can build student engagement and enhance learning by using the explore-before-explain approach.
The Benefits of Using Choice Boards in MathHow math choice boards can enable new elementary teachers to meet the needs of their individual learners while employing mathematical rigor.
A Framework for Building Older Students’ Literacy SkillsEncouraging middle school students to read books of all genres and reading levels can reignite their interest in reading.
The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and LearnImagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.1M
Activating Learning by Milling to MusicWhen students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.9.5k
60-Second Strategy: Jitter SticksWhen students need to get their wiggles out so they can settle down to learn, this simple movement-based brain break does the trick.2.2k
Using Movement to Teach VocabularyWhen students explore new words through movement, they understand them better, retain them longer, and feel more empowered to use them.8.8k
Using an SEL Tool Called the Mood Meter in Elementary MathWith these examples for grades 1 to 5, students can develop social and emotional skills while they learn to analyze data through graphing.794
Making Students Feel SafeA trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success.129.4k
How a School Made Play Central to LearningAt a primary school in the UK, both students and teachers have become more engaged and curious as a result of a shift to a fully play-based approach—and learning has become more joyful for everyone.3.4k
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.’54.3k
Strategies for Supporting Students’ Speaking and Listening SkillsMany students struggle with these skills, which are tied to academic success. Here are a few ways to teach them explicitly.1.3k
8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual ClassroomEducators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.49.7k
13 Formative Assessments That Inspire CreativitySometimes mixing in formative assessments that go a step beyond exit slips and low-stakes quizzes can inject some fun—and creativity—into learning.4k