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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.

  • How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging

    Take advantage of online resources and simple experiments students can do at home to keep them learning in all teaching scenarios.
    Pete Barnes
  • How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

    In many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.
  • 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.’
    Holly Korbey
  • 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.
  • Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Distance Learning

    The morning message is a popular way to help elementary students transition into school—and it can be adapted for home learning.
  • 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.
  • Designing Your LMS to Make Distance Learning Better

    Intentionally setting up a learning management system where everything students need is easy to access can help them all be successful.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

    Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.
  • Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

    Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.
  • Learning to Measure the Size of a Problem

    When elementary students compare the relative importance of a range of problems, they learn to take charge of their reactions.
  • 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.
  • Time to Play: More State Laws Require Recess

    Unstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.
  • 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.

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