Bring Xello to Life in the Classroom Part 2: Focusing on Elementary

Bring Xello to Life in the Classroom Part 2: Focusing on Elementary

In the second installment of this quarterly series, we’ll kick off the new school year by sharing a few ways you can get your youngest learners on the path to future readiness.

Did you know that career development can benefit even our youngest learners? Granted, it doesn’t mean exploring particular careers the way it will in middle and high school, but helping students learn more about themselves through social and emotional development will give them an advantage in making connections to and decisions about careers later in life.

To make the most of the beginning of the school year and start off on the right foot with Xello, we must first make sure that your school and classrooms are ready to get started! There are several ways to implement Xello in the classroom, but getting students in grades 3-5 excited about their futures is my favorite!

Before I dive into those tips, here’s a little recap on how to enable educators and alleviate barriers to student engagement:

Make Access Easy: Getting into the Xello platform needs to be straightforward and easy, especially for those who have little to no Xello experience.

    • Create classroom posters and printouts to help students gain access and use this link for Xello sign-on and other helpful FAQ

Promote Xello Familiarity: With many new educators joining your schools, we offer many complimentary ways to get trained on the Xello basics.


Xello Academy

    • Take our Xello Academy introductory course!
    • The Introduction to Xello K-5 course is an excellent place for your educators to begin
    • Visit our Get Started page in Xello Support (, where you can sign-up to upcoming sessions and download helpful materials.
    • Subscribe to our Xello YouTube channel where you can watch short videos to help get acquainted

Integrate Xello with Current Curriculum:

I’ll outline more about this below, but the best place to begin is with one of Xello’s Start of Year lessons, which are adapted for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Educator Reports


Start the Year Off Right with These Activities

Now that your class is coming back from summer break, what do you do first? For elementary students, a Xello lesson that can fit into beginning of the year festivities is the Introduction to About Me prerequisite lesson (grades 3-5), which is an introductory lesson that students complete at the beginning of each year to fill in their Xello profiles and update them with new skills or interests they’ve developed – perfect for classroom “getting to know you” activities!

Xello’s lessons are excellent exercises for educators who need career-readiness content at any point in the school year, but especially in the beginning of the year. They can be incredibly helpful as you get to know your students and their personalities.

 Our Lesson Resources for grades K-2 include discussion prompts and classroom activities. The Park (K) or Hospital (Grade 2) lesson resources, for example, contain opportunities to discuss how to be a helpful community member or how to process feelings, both excellent ways to start the year with your class.  Futher, within Lesson Resources for grades 3-5, every mission comes with an IRL Mission supplemental activity, such as Bring a Feeling to Life! for Mission: Managing Big Feelings (Grade 3) or Lead a Learning Challenge! for Mission: Learning and Future Success (Grade 5). These supplemental activities are less heavy lifting than the full Xello lessons, but still give you some structure and some SEL alignments as you begin to have classroom discussions with your new students.

We haven’t forgotten our older students! Xello has plenty of ready-made lessons to get the school year off to a great start.

For your new middle schoolers (grades 6-8), you can also have students complete their About Me profiles to start. The Introduction to About Me prerequisite lesson 6-12 is an excellent place for older students to start each year. Students are given the chance to update their goals and interests from year to year, and if a student is new to Xello, will help them get up to speed with their classmates.

Some helpful resources for finding lessons and resources, as well as planning out your curriculum for the year, are our Xello Lessons Pacing Guide, as well as lessons prerequisite guides both grades 3-5 and 6-12. Also make sure to check out the Integrating Future Readiness Activities Into Classroom Curriculum ft. Xello.

To Recap

Career readiness can apply to all students, and it can be fun! It’s also an excellent way to introduce students to your classroom and get to know them better.

Stay tuned in the fall, where we focus on how to empower your high school students, particularly if they’re college-bound, to understand and explore multiple future pathways on their own. If you’re looking at how to get your ninth graders started completing their Transition to High School lesson, look no further than our next blog in the series for more info.

Read the other installments of the Bringing Xello to Life in the Classroom Series: Career Development Lessons & Tips for a Successful Transition to High School (part 1) & Helping Every Student Plan for Life After High School (part 3)