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K-2 Primary

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

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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When Behavior Charts Don't Work, Throw Them Out!

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

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Coding in the Common Core

Learn about coding resources that meet the CCSS math and ELA requirements, and discover seven habits to help you teach what might be an unfamiliar content area.

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Simple Music Integration for Primary Classrooms

Here are just a few of the many opportunities that music offers for numeracy, literacy, creativity, and kinesthetic learning in elementary classrooms.

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Tech Toys (and Tools) for Learning

By combining new tools with old-school manipulatives, teachers can benefit from cutting edge edtech while their students engage more of their senses during play.

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Blending Analog and Digital in Student Projects

Students can enhance their hand-drawn and handwritten work (rather than making those media obsolete) through the creative possibilities of a number of fun and useful apps.

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Teaching Syllables Can Mask Meaningful Morphemes

To help beginning readers grasp the difference between written and spoken language, start with the meaning of the words rather than their syllabic breakdown.

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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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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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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.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
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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.

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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.

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Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.

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Kindergarten Is the Model for Lifelong Learning

Let's keep teaching creativity throughout school and adulthood.

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Series Reading: Tracking, Rewarding, and Encouraging Literacy
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Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

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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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