The elementary school years in the US cover a range of grade levels, typically from kindergarten through fifth grade, but often ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade or higher, depending on the individual school system. The lesson plans, worksheets, and teaching tips covered in this section of Bright Hub Education focus on teaching younger students, from Pre-K through Grade 5, though some lesson plans may be suitable for slightly higher grade levels as well.
While lesson plans are divided by the appropriate level as much as possible, you will also find a section entitled Grade School Activities, where we cover a broad range of activities and crafts that cross many grades, depending on the unit you are teaching and the individual abilities of your students. The vast majority of lesson plans and activities have been written and vetted by teachers and education professionals, and have been tried and tested in classrooms throughout the United States.
Here is a fun little project that’s good anytime of the year, and makes the perfect little gift for someone special. This is a great craft to complete with your elementary class to give as gifts for Mother’s Day.
Summer is by far most kids favorite time of year. No school, no homework, fewer rules, vacations….a time that memories are made. This lesson plans will give students closure on their summers and give the teacher a unique insight into her students early on in the school year.
Teaching the value of money by using a counting chart is the way that I have found to teach young children the concept of money. The method includes the aid of a 1-100 counting chart and has proven to be an efficient tool for me for several years.
When teaching early readers to learn words, the teacher can write each word in a different color to help the students to distinguish between words. This strategy will help teachers to teach concepts of print.
With advancing technology, schools find that they have literally hundreds of no-longer used filmstrips lying around. Don’t throw them away…recycle them by allowing students to create their own media presentations! This article will show you a unique way for creating a filmstrip by kids.
This is a phonics and reading lesson for Kindergarten students to learn their names. This lesson includes an introduction to names, crafts, phonics, learning words, concepts of print, chunking words and even graphing.
A child enters the early school age years with no real sense of self. During these years the child starts to evaluate him or herself. They also start to find self worth and value. The child starts to morally develop using positive influences from the parents. This is known as self theory.
The reading process involves fluency and comprehension, the latter of which is usually sacrificed by focusing too much on the skills aspects of reading. Parents can help their children make sense of what they read using a handful of time-tested strategies.
“A Lion to Guard Us”, by Clyde Robert Bulla, is a great book that is perfect for students in fourth to fifth grade. This literature unit has critical thinking questions, ideas for reading and writing, and crosses in to other subject areas, including social studies, math and art.
Use creativity to help students share great books. In this activity, students create “sundaes” that describe their books. The posters can be posted in the classroom as the favorite sundaes of the week.
What better way for kids to learn than by doing themselves. This lesson will have your preschool and early elementary age students make a plan for their tea party, create a list and host their interactive tea party!
I did this project with my daughter when she was in 2nd grade and she absolutely loved it. Children this age learn a lot learn a lot about general plants and their needs, so I thought it would be interesting to experiment with Venus FlyTraps. The project is done over the course of a few weeks.
Students can add and subtract decimal numbers using manipulatives such as base-ten blocks and cheese cubes. If you are looking for ideas to teach your students addition and subtraction then give this fun lesson plan a try.