Offering Electives to Elementary Students

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Electives are typically chosen based on interests, passions, a need to learn something new, and/or because of future goals. It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. I have a very strong need to learn new things.

5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom

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Heather Marrs shares how to get started with gamifying your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it?


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Social Entrepreneurship with Elementary Students: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

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But elementary school-age kids do have the natural curiosity, imagination, drive, and ability to come up with innovative ways to change the world for the better. ” ( Young Kids Need to Learn About Social Entrepreneurship ). Schedule of Learning Activities.

20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students


All of these 20 creative writing activities can be used with elementary school students to practice reading and writing skills. Students can learn about creative writing by studying imagery and poetry by established authors. Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month?

Google Classroom Features to Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback in the Elementary Classroom


Google Classroom provides educators with multiple opportunities to monitor student progress and provide timely, targeted feedback. The Questions feature in Google Classroom creates streamlined opportunities for formative assessment.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students


Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms. The first section includes 25 educational tools that can help you plan online activities for your classroom.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. 8 Online Learning Stations. Learning

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

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I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. I bought a set for my classroom.) Learners can then take their talking books into classrooms with younger grades so they can play their books.

4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management

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Effective elementary classroom management involves maintaining a balance between promoting convergent and divergent thinking and behavior. The post 4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management appeared first on TeachThought.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more. Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom.

Why we should let online elementary students lead

eSchool News

The role of elementary teachers has never been more important, especially as kindergarten through fifth grade students today are facing more change than ever before–from the effects of the pandemic to social media and stressful current events being right at their fingertips.

Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia

The CoolCatTeacher

Helen Kardiasmenos uses games to teach almost every subject in her early elementary classroom in Australia. In today’s episode, she shares what she’s doing and how her students are learning. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia.

4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management

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Effectively managing elementary classrooms involves maintaining a balance between promoting convergent and divergent thinking and behavior. The post 4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management appeared first on TeachThought.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? Let’s say in kindergarten, the student was trying to learn Letter Sounds.

10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition

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The post 10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Classroom Management Elementary School Student Engagement team-buildingOne simple icebreaker for kids is to ask them to improve something--a game, song, toy, etc.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

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Whether STEAM education is new to you or you’re already familiar with it, it’s a great way to excite students about learning. Here are 5 simple ways you can incorporate STEAM into the elementary school classroom. Featured on eSchool News STEAM STEM Teaching & Learning

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School


This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Identity-safe classrooms.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

Elementary Book Club for Advanced Readers

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest challenges they face is the wide range of reading skills in their classrooms. Most of the teachers I coach at the elementary level are using the Station Rotation Model during their English language block. We assigned that deck to the students via Google Classroom, which made a copy of the book club template for each student participating in the book club. Learning

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples


I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. The teachers generously agreed, and below are their examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project based learning at the K-5 level! Learn more here!

How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

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For synchronous classrooms From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom.

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From digital citizenship to digital leadership in a South Carolina elementary school


I am currently a fifth grade teacher and Digital Learning Coach at Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington, South Carolina. We were what would be called the “locked-down learning” method. The following four key ideas were developed to include in classroom instruction.

How to Teach Students Effective Learning in an Online Classroom

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How I teach students to be effective learners in an online classroom. This episode is an audio version of my presentation to students about how to be effective learners in an online classroom.

Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level


In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. Google Classroom, Seesaw). How can we as social detectives write a book that explains the social skills that are important for a successful classroom community?

The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

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Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. An Odyssey into 21st Century Learning” Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today.

Edutopia Article – “Effective Uses of Technology in Elementary School” by Avra Robinson


After many months of remote learning and tuning into a device for synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, many teachers and students might be ready to move away from digital experiences and return to analog activities for learning.

Technology, Learning, & Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom – from Avra Robinson


Throughout my years as a K-8 technology teacher & coordinator, many people have asked me what Kindergartners, first graders, and second graders might truly do with computers in the classroom. Many people fear that computer usage in the early elementary years consists of just “playing games” and want to limit the “screen time.” So when the question of “ What purpose would Chromebooks serve in the Kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom? ” The Chromebook Classroom.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! You’ll want to sign up for your free 30-day trial at and remember – it is only one app – all of the other apps are inside this one simple digital learning collection from Really Good Stuff.

Team Building with Elementary Students

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I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. The benefits for doing so cannot be overstated: It sets the climate that cooperation and collaboration is an expectation in the classroom. It’s whole body-mind learning. It builds a sense of classroom community which carries over through all of the classroom activities.

Flipping the elementary school classroom? YES!


Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. Blended or flipped environments also are not ideal in an elementary school setting because so much of teaching in these grades is dependent on modelling and direction. Students at this age need to hear, touch, see, feel and in some cases taste their world to learn about it. Flipping the elementary school classroom?

Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading

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But this fall, everyone at Viewmont Elementary School is in masks, so she has to listen more intently than usual. What we have learned with our kids is we have to be incredibly explicit with everything we do.” HICKORY, N.C. – “Mmm, ah, tuh.”

Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. If you’re tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: The types of activities done in her classroom. The 3 Act project-based model of learning math.

Google Forms Features to Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback – for the Elementary Classroom


Formative assessment strategies can be used to evaluate student understanding throughout the learning process. Utilizing the branching feature in Forms, teachers can design activities for students in which they can choose HOW they want to learn about a new idea.

6 Ideas For Using Buncee in the Elementary Classroom


Read on to see how Tyllie uses Buncee in collaboration with classroom educators. Buncee has a wide variety of media features, so my students can experiment with using a combination of text, video, audio, and images to demonstrate their learning. 2.Language Learning Flashcards.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Sometimes we’re teaching specifically to the students to learn coding, to learn about loops, or to learn about a variable. We even had a grade 7 classroom (in which) this young girl was just so excited. They quickly learn it that morning.

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

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Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

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” She played the role of the teacher and I played the role of the student as we shared what various actions look like on both sides of the dynamic relationship between students and teachers in Google Classroom.

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5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

There are many benefits of technology in the classroom, so we’ve picked five of the most significant for this handy list. From increased engagement to more inclusive environments, the correct application of EdTech improves a wide range of learning outcomes.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

Among Us Classroom Style: Another Case for Game-Based Learning

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Since I know how much my learners love Among Us , I did an internet search for its use in classroom settings. Here is the slide deck I used with my upper elementary gifted students: Here is the link to the presentation – [link] if you want to use it.