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3-5 Upper Elementary

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in grades 3-5? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms

Poetry is an effective tool for broadening elementary students' reading choices, strengthening sentence-level skills, teaching ELLs about English, and reinforcing learning across many subjects.

5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, and author Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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A Content-Rich Maker Project

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A Content-Rich Maker Project

Students crafting cardboard suits of armor work on literacy, math, and collaboration skills.

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.

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Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

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Science Literacy: Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems
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Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.

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Developing Independent Learners: Guiding Students to Be More Resourceful
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Developing Independent Learners: Guiding Students to Be More Resourceful

When you empower students to be classroom experts, they learn to become resources for each other.

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Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative
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Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

Watch the magic that happens when educators observe each other teaching and then reflect together.

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Thinkering Studio: Supporing Self-Directed Learning
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Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Watch students take charge of their project-based learning, by creating their own learning goals and identifying resources beyond their teacher.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

Digital learning specialists provide a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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Motivating the Unmotivated

A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

Consider one of these six engaging and creative student projects to wrap of the school year.

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