Elementary Executive Function Curriculum

SMARTS Elementary is a comprehensive EF curriculum for grades 2-5. It offers foundational executive function strategies that promote self-confidence, resilience, and academic success.


SMARTS Elementary provides elementary grade teachers with the tools necessary to teach executive function processes. Each unit addresses an area of executive function crucial for success in school and life:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Executive Function Strategies
  • Unit 2: Goal Setting
  • Unit 3: Thinking Flexibly
  • Unit 4: Organizing and Prioritizing Materials and Time
  • Unit 5: Organizing and Prioritizing Information
  • Unit 6: Remembering (memorizing)
  • Unit 7: Self-monitoring and Self-checking

Using EF strategies, students develop the self-understanding to know which strategies work best for them, as well as why, where, when, and how to use those strategies to complete their work. The SMARTS Elementary curriculum can be used in general education classrooms, special education classrooms, after school programs, and learning centers.

Since each lesson is divided into four 20-minute sessions, teachers have the flexibility to integrate lessons across a range of subjects and tasks, from reading, writing, and math, to time management, perspective taking, and conflict resolution.


30 lesson plans that give you the flexibility to teach only what you and your students need. Integrate the lessons into academic instruction, or use as a standalone executive function curriculum. The choice is yours.


  • A comprehensive lesson plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • A student handout packet
  • Instructional videos
  • Strategy reflection sheets

In addition, the curriculum contains reflection activities to boost students’ metacognition, and materials to encourage parental participation.

All new users receive Getting Started support, including instructional videos, 1-to-1 support with a SMARTS associate, and a fully customized report with specific suggestions for getting started.

For SMARTS Elementary license holders, a companion workbook is available for purchase. Updated in 2020 and now available in full color, this is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and parents.

All SMARTS users receive discounts to ResearchILD conferences, webinars, and workshops.

Discounts are offered for purchases of 5+ licenses. School-wide and district-wide plans are also available.

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I used to be confused in my classes, but the SMARTS program helped me figure out ways to get all my work done. I learned strategies to help me remember, like making up really weird sentences, and that’s what would help me remember in the end.

–Middle School Student

All educators need a background in executive function. We all have strengths and challenges so knowing about executive function helps you understand your students and how to help them. It is never too early to teach students how to think about their learning and what strategies are best for their own learning style.

–Elementary School Teacher

The SMARTS program is important because it gives the students the executive function strategies they need to help them with their learning across all grade and subject areas. For the past three years, we have used the SMARTS program across our entire school district and it has helped our students to identify and reach their academic goals while making them more independent learners.

–Director of Student Services

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An entire year’s worth of curriculum, everything students need to learn how to learn.

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Updated 2020. All lesson handouts and strategy sheets in full color, keeps student work organized, and provices a bound record of your student’s achievements. Contact us for more information.