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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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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

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Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships
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Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships

By sending home detailed data reports that focus on a specific skill, Humboldt opens a two-way line of communication with parents about their child's learning.

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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

Teaching elementary students to code begins with connecting to resources, looking beyond 1:1, trusting kids to learn, involving the school community, and making it fun.

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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
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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.

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

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Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance
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Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series)

In rural New Hampshire, fifth-grade teacher Amy Lyon has created a curriculum based on researcher Angela Duckworth’s ideas about grit. Students set and work toward their own long-term goals, learning valuable lessons about dealing with frustration and...

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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Brain-Compatible Study Strategies

Guest blogger Lori Desautels details a set of brain-compatible study strategies for fifth graders, although these methods could be adapted for use at any age.

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Elementary School Kids Show Their Multiple Intelligences

At this Georgia school, Howard Gardner's theory thrives -- and so do students.

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Visual Art as Critical Thinking

Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.

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