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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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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom
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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.

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Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects
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Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

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Financial Mentoring: Teaching Toward an Affordable Future

Teach elementary students about banking by generating excitement in the project, building it into the curriculum, partnering with parents and community, and careful planning.

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Service Learning: Growing Action From the Roots of Passion

In 2007, my co-teacher and I noticed that students felt increasingly like the world was "happening to them," as if they had no ability to affect positive change. This, coupled with the question "When am I going to use this?" led to the inspiration...

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7 Tech Tips for Your Next Read-Aloud

Whether it's remote guest readers, digital exit slips, or responses in text and drawing, technology can personalize the read-aloud experience for every student in class.

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Using Poetry to Develop SEL

From the point of view of social-emotional and character development, poetry can help give our students insights into life and life choices.

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PBL Elementary Teachers Offer Field-Tested Advice

Elementary PBL teachers encourage their colleagues to start small, build success skills and background knowledge, assess intentionally, share the story, be patient, and trust yourself.

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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville
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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville

At the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, in Gainesville, Georgia, students know exactly how they are smart.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk

In teacher Amy Lyon’s Perseverance Walk lesson, fifth grade students have an opportunity to interview someone who has worked hard towards a long-term goal, then create and share a presentation to illustrate a life lived with grit.

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Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects
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Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

5 133 41,858 views
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Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Use young children's understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching digital citizenship and internet safety is a lot more meaningful when students can engage in authentic online experiences.

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The Power of Literature Circles in the Classroom

Instructional coach Ellen Aguilar explains how literature circles promote cooperative learning, and allow students to make choices about their own learning.

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.

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