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3-5 Upper Elementary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.

  • Two elementary students work together on their tablets while wearing masks in socially-distanced classroom

    Reading Mysteries Gets a Boost With Flipgrid

    When one teacher’s students share their understanding of mystery books using the popular app, their enjoyment becomes a model for younger readers.
    Kristin Mulholland
    371
  • Boy remote learning at home on laptop

    How to Help Students Improve Executive Functioning During Hybrid Learning

    Students who struggle with executive functioning may find hybrid learning difficult, but there are simple ways to make it easier.
    717
  • Child uses Dynavox alternative communication device

    Students With Limited Verbal Capabilities Can Thrive in Inclusive Classrooms

    With the right support, students who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate can do well in integrated classrooms.
    1.9k
  • 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 group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
    40.1k
  • 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.
    9.1k
  • 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
  • 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.
    9.9k
  • 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
  • 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
  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
    116.6k
  • Eggs in carton

    How to Spark Engagement in Math With Pictures

    A popular strategy, using pictures in math class gives students another way to access math concepts and can spark great conversations.
    4.7k

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