Offering Electives to Elementary Students

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It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. I never understood why elementary students aren’t shown the bigger picture of a lesson, unit, or course. I have the privilege of teaching gifted elementary students at a few Title 1 schools.

How to Teach Venn Diagrams to Elementary School Students

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One of our Ask a Tech Teacher crew has organized the basics on how to teach Venn Diagrams to elementary-age students: What is a Venn Diagram. How to make it clear to elementary students (get crafty). How to Teach Venn Diagrams to Elementary School Students.


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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. I have done a social entrepreneurship unit with three groups of gifted students, grades 3rd through 6th.

Abbott Elementary: 5 Lessons for Teachers


The popular sitcom Abbott Elementary provides laughs–and teaching lessons

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

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. To teach creative thinking skills with kindergarteners and early elementary students, try this Mystery Seed writing activity.

Elementary Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following elementary writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any elementary teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. ElemOpinionWritingRubric. ElemInfoWritingRubric. ElemNarrativeWritingRubric.

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. When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 Learning stations are a staple in most elementary classrooms.

How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Listen to Danielle talk about how to encourage kindergarten and elementary voices Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students


Try this free Math Mystery activity , which can be a fun virtual way to practice elementary-level skills. If you teach your elementary students music, consider putting on a production of a Zoom play for young students.

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? Amy has fourteen years of experience working as an elementary educator.

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. The post Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning Kindergarten (ages 3-6) STEM Students Teachers Tech Tips Tools Web Tools Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

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.

4 SEL success tips for elementary schools

eSchool News

Five years ago, we had about 900 students in our K-5 elementary school, with roughly 40 percent of them either eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

I’d love to hear what elementary teachers are using to get students reading online. 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. This week I was presenting on technology infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and wanted to share them.

5 steps to an engaging online elementary program

eSchool News

Elementary education is the foundation for early learning, providing students with the skills and community they need for future success in school and life. Online learning has become a growing trend among K-12 students, including elementary students.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

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I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process: The Task: Build the Highest Tower. The second part of the introducing elementary-level learners to the design process is introducing them to empathy and its connection to the design process.

Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness

The CoolCatTeacher

Evelyn Hamlin is a teacher who teaches her whole elementary curriculum in Spanish. ” The post Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Foreign or Second Language Teachers TeachersMeet Evelyn Hamlin From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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. I hope other elementary teachers can take this idea and run with it! A first-grade class may have students who are struggling to decode while other students are reading at a third-grade level.

5 tech tools I use in my elementary music classroom

eSchool News

I have found some online music resources that have transformed my teaching as an elementary general music teacher and have provided engaging content for my students. I use this application particularly with my lower elementary students, but it can probably work with other age groups as well.

Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary!

Brilliant or Insane

The post Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary! Brilliant or Insane. Authentic learning is typically distinguished by four characteristics: The opportunity for learners to define and pursue their own questions and passions Inquiry work and the solving of real problems Discourse within a community of learners Activities that mimic the work of professionals and require the presentation of findings to audiences that will benefit from them [.].

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. ” The post Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Art and Music Teachers Chromebooks Edtech Tool Tuesday Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation iPads Maker Movement Parents Students Teachers Tools

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.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

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Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. The post iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. All Subjects Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation iPads Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Students Teachers Tools

Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten and Elementary Grades with Laura Robb

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Furthermore, kindergarten and elementary grades are fundamental. EXTENDED EPISODE - Episode #791- The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast Differentiating Reading Instruction in Kindergarten through Elementary Laura Robb, Reading Expert.

Coronavirus Chronicles 005 – Mabel Rush Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Tim Lauer , for sharing how Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg, Oregon is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic.

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. Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

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Here is a run down of the learning activities I did with my gifted elementary students to teach them about their brains: Introduction to the Brain. Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently.

Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom


Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom is the book for you, writes teacher educator Linda Biondi. Book Reviews Class Space Design Becky Hunt elementary classroom eye on education families guide Linda Biondi mentors Routledge set-up trainers welcoming studentsWondering how to set up your new classroom? Or just ready to make some changes in your familiar space? It's filled with ideas from pros to benefit newbies and vets in grades K-6.

It’s Elementary: Targeted K12 Leadership Development for Tackling Big Problems

Education Elements

As we write this, we are thinking back to the last “normal” month in 2020 before COVID-19 arrived in full force.

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

The Hechinger Report

But this fall, everyone at Viewmont Elementary School is in masks, so she has to listen more intently than usual. Teaching students to read is one of the most difficult tasks for an early elementary school teacher. HICKORY, N.C. – “Mmm, ah, tuh.”

eSpark: The FREE Differentiation Tool for Elementary Reading and Math

Cool Cat Teacher

eSpark is a free no-prep solution that teachers of math and reading at the elementary level need to try. I recommend that Math and Language Arts teachers of elementary-aged students check out eSpark. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 034 is below.

Elementary Engineering: An Early Start on STEM


Elementary STEM STEM By Design anne jolly collaboration elementary STEM engineering design process inquiry based learning problem solving professional development teams technologyIt's true. Teachers in K-6 need to prepare students for STEM and engineering careers that don’t exist yet. The solution? Focus on gifting our younger students with a broad range of inquiry experiences and collaborative know-how, writes STEM education expert Anne Jolly.

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School


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. Next Generation Learning: Elementary School. Redwood Heights Elementary School (RHS) is an elementary school in Oakland, California. In 2015, RHS were one of five elementary schools to receive a 3-year, NGLC “Breakthrough Model” grant to launch their full-school personalization model.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”. So, Steve, as we finish up, could you give us a 30-second pep talk on why we need to have computing and computational thinking in the elementary grades?

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.

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. Being in an elementary classroom, it is hard to help students understand how their digital habits affect themselves and others. Where we started .


Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! *UPDATE - An educational portal has been completed allowing educators to create student accounts (up to 30 for free) and approve all stories before being published!!!