George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-2 Primary

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

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
A bird eye's view of a young boy sitting at his classroom desk with blue headphones on playing a game on a blue tablet.

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.

Discuss

Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
56 59 2,242 views

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

Last comment 2 hours 36 min ago
12 814 10,963 views

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
37 1,400 62,538 views

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 12:00
12 814 10,963 views

No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:00
3 6,605 10,499 views

What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:00
1,283,496 views

Browse

Silhouette of children holding hands.
Article

4 Innovative, Local Programs Smooth Kindergarten Transitions

The transition to kindergarten can be stressful for children, parents, and schools, but communities throughout the country are meeting the challenge head-on.

300 997 views
A photo of a parent and child in front of a school bus.
Article

How to Ease Your Child's Kindergarten Jitters

Help your child transition to kindergarten smoothly with some of these ideas for reducing anxiety and making goodbyes easier.

364 527 views
An illustration of an owl drawn on a chalkboard wearing glasses and a graduation cap standing on four books.
Article

Glossary: Demystifying School Jargon

Understand the terminology behind kindergarten enrollment.

124 400 views
A woman and a young child play together.
Article

Simple Ways to Help Young Kids Develop Self-Control

Here’s how you can help kids—your students and your own children—build skills that are critical for regulating their emotions and behavior.

721 5,481 views
Arts Integration: Deepening Understanding of Core Content
Schools That Work

Using the Arts to Synthesize Student Understanding

Arts integration is more than an afterthought. You can use the arts to both meet your arts standards and deepen academic learning.

1 405 4,236 views
Solving Real-World Problems: Bringing Authentic Context to Learning
Schools That Work

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

The perfect problem connects content, student interest, and an authentic context.

12 814 10,963 views
A split-screen illustration of two cut-open heads facing each other -- the left head with negative symbols rising from the top and the right head with positive imagery.
Article

7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?

2 11,435 47,090 views

Pages

Article

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

33 798 101,155 views
photo of student using a laptop computer
Article

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

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

24 5,574 98,414 views
Article

Do You Check for Understanding Often Enough with Students?

Blogger Elena Aguilar reminds us why formative assessments are important and offers strategies to use during a lesson or topic of study.

69 67 96,421 views
Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning
Schools That Work

Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

4 2,667 93,930 views
Article

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.

28 249 90,442 views
Article

Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

24 493 90,192 views
Article

You Only Get One "First Day of School"

Blogger and veteran teacher Lisa Mims reminds us that we only get one 'first day of school' (even we've already been there 28 times!) and offers seven tips for making a good impression on our students.

43 678 89,694 views

Pages