George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Lesson Plans

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

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

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.

Discuss

Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

Last comment 2 weeks 6 days ago
6 1,265 19,703 views

Pokemon Go... and Global Success Skills?

Last comment 3 weeks 3 days ago
6 71 16,604 views

Teaching 9/11? Show Students "The Walk"

Last comment 4 weeks 10 hours ago
2 38 views

Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:58
5 1,140 45,326 views

Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:04
6 1,265 19,703 views

Browse

American flag against a sky blue background made from pieces of torn paper
blog

Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

Memorial Day is right around the corner! For teachers looking to incorporate the holiday into lessons, Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources from around the web.

1 2,060 36,293 views
Six preteen students are standing on their classroom desks, smiling, and one student is sitting.
blog

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

25 8,684 45,768 views
A person's legs are crossed over each other wearing boots relaxing on a rock cliff looking over a cloudy sky. Collaged on the image are a parent and baby penguin cuddling on the rocks, and a moon and large sunflower in the sky.
blog

The Inner Cities Poetry Arts Project

Turn your students into poets by inspiring them to free-write about their inner world, introducing them to the rhythms of poetry, and prompting them with images and possible titles.

341 1,327 views
A side profile, silhouette of a young woman with a ponytail, her head slightly tilted down.
blog

Equity is Fostered Through What We Teach and What We Don't

An examination of social studies textbooks reveals large gaps in a commitment to equity. Teachers can begin to counter this by incorporating curriculum that is culturally responsive.   

3 1,358 8,413 views
blog

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

4 3,705 118,510 views
A closeup on someone's eye. Their eye is green and blue. Their eyebrows and eyelashes are dark blond.
blog

Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

In her third post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels explores visualizing the memories and emotions that inform students' identities and shape their cognitive processes.

7 1,309 19,482 views
Drawing of a jester hat
blog

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.

8 7,090 315,954 views

Pages

Teachers in discussion
article

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.

6 4,716 171,796 views
blog

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.

31 1,203 164,057 views
blog

5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

7 3,184 158,751 views
Two teenagers are sitting at a table with a laptop, one is holding a cell phone charger and the other is holding a cell phone, connecting it to a white wire.
blog

22 Powerful Closure Activities

Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.

9 17,012 157,866 views
A whole apple pie with the Pi symbol baked in the crust
blog

7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up a few favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

18 7,473 133,766 views
blog

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

4 3,705 118,510 views
Teacher with students gathered around her looking at computer.
article

Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

2 1,060 116,520 views

Pages