K-2 Primary

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

  • Literacy

    Reading Buddies

    Pairing older elementary students with younger ones for community reading time has benefits for both groups.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    When the Social Brain Misfires

    Sometimes our powerful urge to belong can hurt us. We look at how stereotypes undermine learning.
  • The Research Is In

    Are We Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

    An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships.
  • Design Thinking

    Building Products for Real-World Clients

    Students in India in grades pre-K to 12 use design thinking to create products that address real needs.
  • Design Thinking

    Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
  • Literacy

    Beyond the Weekly Word List

    Differentiating spelling instruction using evidence-based approaches helps students develop a skill that is vital to their reading ability.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Tips for Kindergarten Pacing

    Keeping a kindergarten class on track can be challenging for new teachers, so a veteran shares strategies he’s developed.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Building a Sense of Community With Music

    How a music program can fortify peer relationships and increase parent engagement and community involvement.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Navigating Asian and American Identities

    Eight books with Asian Pacific American protagonists can help foster rich dialogues in our diverse elementary schools.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.