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K-2 Primary

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

  • Young girl works on her tablet at home

    Using Technology to Support Young English Language Learners in a Hybrid Classroom

    Through videos and interactive online tasks, early elementary students can increase fluency and build vocabulary.
    Katie Gardner
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  • 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.
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  • Two kindergartners working on a marble project in class

    7 Ideas From Reggio Emilia That Any Early Childhood Teacher Can Use

    How to adapt principles from the famed approach to foster interest-based learning for the youngest students.
    1.2k
  • 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 child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
    76.6k
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    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.’
    37.2k
  • Pre-school children sitting on rug in classroom

    Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

    Five ways teachers can celebrate and extend the linguistic expertise of young students who speak two or more languages.
    5.8k
  • 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
  • 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.
    31k
  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
    48.8k
  • 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.
    89.1k
  • Mo Willems characters reading

    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
    25.2k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
    38.8k
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    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.
    14.8k
  • 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.
    116.5k

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