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3-5 Upper Elementary

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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.

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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.


What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Help! Stealing in School

Last comment 2 weeks 3 days ago
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A Student-Led Pokémon Go Project Transforms a School

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How Much Recess Time to Give at School?

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

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Tech Literacy: Exploring Tools Through Content
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Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning

Teaching technology at Meyer Elementary School goes beyond showing kids how to use email and apps. It gives students a context for learning technology through subject areas, making all learning more relevant.

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Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction
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Response to Intervention: Meeting Students at Their Learning Ability

Meyer Elementary School's Response to Intervention practice has contributed to their ranking in the top five percent of all Michigan schools.

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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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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

Students analyze newspaper headline bloopers in this classroom activity and gain a greater understanding for clear communication.

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Departmentalization and Integration: Deeper Learning for Elementary Students
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Departmentalization and Integration: Deeper Learning for Elementary Students

See how Ralston Elementary teachers combine two subjects in one lesson, giving their students a deeper understanding of the content and its applied interconnectivity.

4 443 5,883 views
Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven
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Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

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(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles

By giving students jobs like Passage Picker, Psychologist, and Wonderer within their literature circles, you can foster critical thinking in a clearly defined collaborative environment.

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.

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Classroom-Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Blogger and teacher Gaetan Pappalardo teaches educators on how to manage student behavior and needs. (Updated 01/2014)

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Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary Students

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo believes that using words in context and modeling inquisitiveness around words is the way to go. (Updated 01/2014)

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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world.

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.

18 7,188 80,684 views
How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

A master teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom.

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