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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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Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn't Sit Still

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Closing the Achievement Gap One Student at a Time

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Arts Integration: Deepening Understanding of Core Content
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Using the Arts to Synthesize Student Understanding

Arts integration is more than an afterthought. You can use the arts to both meet your arts standards and deepen academic learning.

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Solving Real-World Problems: Bringing Authentic Context to Learning
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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

The perfect problem connects content, student interest, and an authentic context.

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7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.

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A Student-Led Pokémon Go Project Transforms a School

Inspired by the augmented reality game, students welcome mutants into their school -- and learn about collaboration and the value of art.

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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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Using QR Codes to Build a Classroom Audio Library

QR codes can be used to turn the books in your class library into audiobooks, which can help guide your students to their personal literacy goals.

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The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz presents a balanced look at the flipped-classroom model: what it is, what it isn't, why it works or doesn't work, and why it matters.

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

As you plan next year's curriculum and activities, consider how you'll use your classroom space. Here are seven learning zones to help focus your students.

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Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

Blogger Ben Johnson makes the case for forming both same-ability and mixed-ability student learning groups in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.

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