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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 Inquiry to Support Deeper Learning

    Teachers can use 'effortful' follow-up questions to refine and extend student thinking about important concepts in a lesson.
    Jim Heal
  • 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.
  • 3 Benefits of Math Conferences in Elementary School

    Elementary teachers can confer with students to assess and deepen their understanding of math concepts.
  • 3 Tips for Humanizing Digital Pedagogy

    An elementary teacher who has worked for an edtech start-up argues that it’s important now—with teachers and students working separately—to promote reflection and social connection as tools for learning.
  • A Child-First Approach to Classroom Design

    From the layout to the color scheme, every component of the Montessori classroom design is intentional.
  • How to Increase Participation by Asking Better Questions

    Framing questions the right way—and scaffolding the right kinds of responses—can help teachers avoid blank stares and awkward silences.
  • Are We Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

    An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships.
  • How Students Can Tell Their Story on the Class Bulletin Board

    Hallway bulletin boards are often created by teachers, but giving students more control nurtures their sense of belonging.
  • Creating a Diverse Classroom Library

    An interaction with a student prompts an elementary teacher to revamp her classroom library to make it more inclusive.
  • A Pandemic Practice to Keep in Science and Math Classes

    This year, sharing manipulatives was out for many districts, and one teacher says she won’t go back once the pandemic ends.
  • A Fun ‘Survivor’-Themed Classroom Activity That Promotes Science Learning

    Collaboration, reflection, and healthy competition make for lasting memories when teachers use a novel approach to sustain student interest.
  • The Connection Between Working Memory and Students’ Tech Skills

    Teachers can boost elementary students’ developing tech skills by being mindful of the limitations of working memory.
  • Teaching Students How to Deal With Stress

    Strategies to help upper elementary and middle school kids who have experienced trauma understand and control their emotions.
  • Integrating Social and Emotional Learning in English Language Arts

    Incorporating arts education into social and emotional learning can foster student growth in the elementary grades.
  • Freeing Students—and Teachers—From Homework

    A second-grade teacher explains how she got rid of mandatory homework—and the surprising results she found when she did.

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