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Want the nuts and bolts of how other teachers are presenting material? Find Edutopia-curated downloadable and linked resources here.

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Academic Sponge Activities

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.

A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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DIY: 3 Reasons Why It's Better than Rescue-by-Google

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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

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Sponge Activities

Looking for a few meaningful activities to soak up extra classroom time? Download this list of engaging sponge activities to help you with the unexpected.

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Learning With Nature

Since experiencing nature is a healthy part of child development, take your class outdoors and use elements of nature for teaching the usual classroom subjects.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

Consider one of these six engaging and creative student projects to wrap of the school year.

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

Check out these strategies and approaches for bringing more creativity into the classroom and inspiring young artists.

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Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks

Book Talks provide an ideal way to build students' problem-solving skills by deepening their insights into written materials.

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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

Explore a diverse collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources meant to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

Web-based teaching starts with identifying and vetting your resources, creating a lesson plan, and developing online handouts that provide information and encourage student participation.

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Reel Character: Using Film to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley presents an overview of bell work - short, focused exercises to help students make the most of valuable classroom time.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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