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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.

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  • Using Interactive Storytelling to Teach Key Vocabulary Terms

    Embedding important terms in stories created with upper elementary and middle school English learners helps them build their academic vocabulary.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
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    With simple coding options available, elementary school teachers can incorporate computer science across content areas.
  • 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.
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  • The Benefits of Bringing a Book Vending Machine to Your School

    A library media specialist shares logistical tips for using a book vending machine to build a strong reading community at your school.
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  • Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    When educators are intentional about teaching kids to see and represent differences, the students—and their works of art—blossom.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

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  • Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids

    This differentiation approach frees teachers up to meet students’ needs. The result? Students only tackle material they’re ready for, and all students achieve mastery.
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  • A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
  • 3 Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring.
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  • The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021

    From reframing our notion of “good” schools to mining the magic of expert teachers, here’s a curated list of must-read research from 2021.
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  • Fostering Emotional Literacy Begins With the Brain

    Teaching elementary students the neuroscience of emotions helps them understand their feelings and empowers them to respond with intentionality.
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