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.
Music’s effect on learning has long been recognized as research has reinforced the relationship between music and cognitive development. Because music affects both the left and right brain, it involves the whole child. Why not incorporate STEAM learning as you make DIY instruments in the classroom?
Celebrate the spirit of America and honor the “stars and stripes." Make it a red, white, and blue day as you pay tribute to our country with simple patriotic crafts. Here are a few ideas that can be used to celebrate Flag Day (June), Independence Day (July), and patriotism in general.
It’s the merry month of May and full of marvelous activities to celebrate. Here are a few activities to get your students into the spring spirit and introduce them to a few events that take place this month.
Has spring fever attacked your classroom? Are the kids getting restless as the end of school is near? Why not use a baseball theme to challenge your students to read – a wonderful way to wind up the year!
On May 16 each year, we celebrate the anniversary of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in 1763. This is the perfect time to introduce biographies to your class through books and engaging your students in a biographer/biographee relationship project.
At an International Day at a STEM charter school, each class focused on a single country with information, artifacts and food. What impressed me were the “make and take" crafts involving STEAM skills in relation to a craft that symbolized the country. Here are a few ideas from this amazing event.
When crafting with STEAM, students use recycled and simple materials to solve a problem and proceed in open-ended exploration. The STEAM approach allows for a variety of answers and conclusions – they are not always successful, but the process is important to understanding.
Writing in journals provides an excellent hands-on learning tool that instills confidence in your students’ ability to express themselves while promoting a lifelong interest in creative writing. Make use of journals across the curriculum as you implement these ideas and activities.
Young children have varied learning styles and boundless energy. They need an effective preschool class, which is exciting and challenges active learning from the time they enter the classroom each day. STEM programs can be the ideal solution.
Kids love holidays, but some months like September do not have any major ones. So, it’s time to think about unofficial holidays and celebrations to entertain your students and create crafts to go along with the date. Here are a few unofficial celebrations to consider in your classroom.
Celebrate the spirit of America with red, white and blue projects. Invite your young patriotic students to make crafts that can be used during any of America’s celebrations, such as Flag Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Whether you are celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day or just the four seasons, trees can be the center of attention for a theme unit. Trees play a vital role on this earth, as they all serve an important purpose. Here are three fun crafts about trees for your class to make.
As the spring and summer months come knocking at your classroom door, get buzzing with some fun bee crafts. Discuss prior knowledge on bees and add in a few new stories to stimulate interest in these insects before beginning extension activities.
Are you concerned that your child will head back into the “home stretch" of the year with rusty math skills? In just 30 minutes a day using fun and easy workbook pages you can help keep your child’s math skills sharp, in focus and on point for the remainder of the school year.
It’s hard for kids to get back into the swing of school after spring break, mostly because they know that summer vacation is fast approaching. Keep the skills sharp for that final stretch of school with this downloadable reading workbook.
It is easy to become a bit distracted in school during those few weeks between when spring break ends and summer vacation begins. However, history and social studies skills can be honed during spring break using this quick and easy workbook!
Help your child learn science skills even over spring break. The park, the zoo, an aquarium or a museum can bring science to life for young children as can these quick and easy workbook pages, which develop and reinforce science skills for even the youngest of students.
Easter is a wonderful holiday to celebrate spring. Symbols of this occasion help young children show their creative side. Bunnies, chicks and eggs always make Easter a fun and memorable time for your students. Here are three crafts that will engage your little learners in some holiday fun.