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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Lesson Plans

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

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.

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.

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

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Toss the Script

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

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A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.

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Redesigning Fashion Design: From Tween Distraction to STEM Focus

To help make STEM relevant for all students, Heidi Olinger puts a fashion industry spin on soil science and math for middle school girls.

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find it.

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

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Red, White, and Blue Learning: Seven Resources for Independence Day

With the Fourth of July just a week away, you might consider doing a holiday-themed lesson or art project with your child. Blogger Matt Davis covers a few of the best Fourth of July learning resources on the Web.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators

Need a break from the end-of-the-year pressure? This Five-Minute Film Festival gives you something to laugh about, with a round-up of entertaining animal videos.

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.

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Celebrate Pi Day: Seven Classroom Resources for Pi Learning

Edutopia blogger Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student
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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

18 39 55,330 views
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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.

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Why Arts Education Must Be Saved

Schools draw on the community to bring art and music to students.

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