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K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

  • Elementary-aged girl writes on paper at home

    5 Ways to Support Children Learning to Write

    Handwriting instruction benefits from exercises that help young children build muscle memory, strength, and dexterity.
    Lauren Brukner
    645
  • Girl looking into puddle on beach

    Using Nature to Engage Students in Learning

    Nature comes in all shapes and sizes—from a park to a potted plant—and teachers can use it to spark learning and build a classroom community.
    443
  • An illustration concept of psychological exploration

    In Schools, Finding Hope at a Hopeless Time

    Research shows that hope is a measurable, learnable skill—and to feel hopeful, students and teachers have to work at it.
    3.2k
  • The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
    1M
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
    83.5k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
    37.8k
  • Elementary aged boy gardening outside

    Teaching the Concept of Equity Through Gardening

    Plants can illustrate how different people need different things to be nourished—and how equality and equity differ.
    9.2k
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
  • A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    New research reveals that when science, reading, and math come together in rigorous hands-on projects, student collaboration, engagement, and achievement can soar.
    5.5k
  • First grade teacher instructs a hybrid classroom

    Hybrid Teaching Strategies for Elementary Classrooms

    Some adaptations for hybrid classrooms, like digital manipulatives and instructional videos—will be worth keeping when all students are back in the room.
    3.8k
  • A photo of the classic board game "Battleship"

    13 Virtual Games to Play in Your Elementary Classroom

    From scavenger hunts to Pictionary, we’ve gathered a batch of virtual games to get students talking, laughing, and engaging with peers.
    10k
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
    31.1k
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
    89.2k
  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
    49.4k
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
    3.4k

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