Teaching Grades Pre-K to 5
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.
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.
Backwards Day is a fun and unique theme to be celebrated in the classroom. You can use any day of the year to engage in these activities. Some teachers choose National Backwards Day, a non-traditional holiday on January 31, and others choose April 15, because of Leonardo de Vinci (see below).
Invite your young lads and lassies to make entertaining crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. The March 17 holiday is full of magical symbols that engage your students in fun projects that use developmental and learning skills. Here are three ideas to get your group started.
Even students who struggle learning multiplication and division facts seem to enjoy geometry. In this lesson, we will do some measuring and classifying of geometric shapes.
There is no better way to learn about action words than to be active. Young students can throw their whole bodies into this lesson!
By second grade, most children know a lot about winter. They know about animals that hibernate, that the weather becomes colder and outdoor activities change. However, not many can explain why we have winter. Here is a lesson to help them understand the answer.
Learning big words that identify shapes can be exciting for young students. It seems grown up to them! But it’s important that they learn the attributes of a rectangle, square, circle or a triangle. This lesson will allow students to practice verbalizing the characteristics of each shape.
Pass the long days of winter with penguin fun in the classroom. These adorable flightless birds can be the theme of a variety of curriculum activities that can entertain young children as they learn. Everyone loves penguins!
Graphs and charts are simple and space-saving ways to impart information. Since we’re all flooded daily with information presented in this way, creating and interpreting graphs and charts is a fundamental skill to learn. In this lesson, third graders will compile information they have gathered to cr
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, kids like to have fun crafts and gifts that are suitably cute for everyone on the list. How about a practical way to woo or wow? Think homemade gifts from the heart! Don’t forget some engaging activities to make the day special.
Young children love words. Understanding antonyms and synonyms help students to express themselves more clearly in spoken and written words.
Glyphs are a thought-provoking way to show several pieces of data at once. In this lesson, first graders will work with a partner to design a snowman based on a series of instructions.
Aerodynamics is a big word for second graders. But learning about aerodynamics can be a fun hands-on lesson. First, we will read a book together and then use our knowledge.
Valentine’s Day on February 14 is a time to display love and affection. Explain to children that love and friendship can be expressed in many ways, including songs such as these.
Chinese people consider The Chinese New Year as the most important and festive holiday. It is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar (with the beginning of the New Moon) anywhere from January 21 to February 19. These activities will help students understand the holiday.
Three hundred and sixty five days of discoveries, adventures, and growth equals a birthday for each child and a triumph to be celebrated with friends. How do you handle a child’s birthday in your classroom? There are two ways to encompass this task – see which one is best for you.
At this grade level many students study types of landforms. This Grand Canyon WebQuest inspires them to dig deeper into one of the most spectacular landforms in the world.
When mental math is required, the best technique to accomplish this objective is practice…practice…practice. But how do you keep the students interested when practicing this skill? Make it fun! Here are several activities that are quick, easy and effective.