George Lucas Educational Foundation

3-5 Upper Elementary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
A girl is sitting at a desk looking at a tablet. We only see the back of her head. On the tablet screen is a color palette and a drawing of a brown and red farm.

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.

Illio of a hand and arm in a suit holding a feather quill pen

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.

Discuss

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

Last comment 2 days 4 hours ago
49 3,009 66,772 views

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Last comment 2 days 7 hours ago
57 1,658 80,734 views

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
30 968 10,963 views

Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:00
3 352 8,581 views

Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:45
65 59 3,062 views

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:57
23 7,987 96,620 views

Browse

Boy at his desk laughing at something on his laptop
Article

Mystery Location Calls: Communicating Across Cultures

In a Mystery Location Call, students practice effective and respectful communication along with their research and deduction skills to locate their partner class on a map.

153 1,316 views
Teacher writing with a pencil surrounded by five young engaged students
Article

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring.

6 1,402 58,917 views
photo of teacher in front of an engaged classroom
Article

6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were done after state testing. With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and on board with learning? One thing I...

722 244,572 views
Three boys and a girl standing in front of class doing a presentation
Article

PBL Pilot: Formative Assessment and PBL

Two fifth grade teachers explain how the driving question and the need to know list are a naturally fit for their PBL pilot program.

9 45 17,738 views
Teachers and students holding their origami creations
Article

Cultivating Cultural Assets: An After-School Story

Make every family feel welcome by inviting parents from different cultures to share their language, heritage, and stories in after-school programs.

5 145 2,455 views
Students gathered around a table playing a board game
Article

PBL Pilot: 4 Strategies to Implement and Spread PBL in Your School

Two fifth grade teachers advocate trust, respect, and inclusion when sharing the practices and results of their PBL pilot program with on-site colleagues.

8 1,140 9,667 views
Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Schools That Work

Small Group Work With "I Choose"

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

7 2,757 48,087 views

Pages

Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)
video

Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)

Fifth-grade teacher Nicole Dalesio keeps her class motivated to learn by encouraging them to create multimedia presentations and projects using technology tools on the Web.

2 185 32,888 views
Article

Modeling: Essential for Learning

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.

7 478 32,518 views
Article

Student Apps for Winter Reading

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares a generous list of winter reading apps and ebooks for elementary students in class and with their families.

12 232 32,489 views
Article

Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character

Songs with lyrics are often considered a teaching tool of yesterday, but it could come in handy when developing social and emotional skills in your students.

62 214 32,141 views
Article

Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective From All Views

Guest blogger Lori Desautels decides to walk the walk of her pre-service and graduate students at Marian University's School of Education as she returns to public school and co-teaches a brain-compatible curriculum to fifth graders.

4 491 32,043 views
Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
Schools That Work

Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

22 545 31,892 views
Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
video

Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

10 416 31,612 views

Pages