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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.


Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

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Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning

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Elementary Classroom: Making the Most of the First Month

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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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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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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.

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The End of the Year is Near: 4 Fun Ways to Leave

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin, recognizing that endings are difficult for both teachers and students, offers four fun, meaningful activities to help close out the year: interviewing, role-playing, giving imaginary gifts, and creating abstract art.

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Ending on an Upswing

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano holds his students' attention during the final weeks of the year with passion-based learning focused on favorite pieces of curriculum, picnic-based learning under a tree, and poetry-based learning through music...

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Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers start with a ready-made plan they can adapt to fit within the context of their classroom.

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Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness

Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond.

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How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.

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Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy

Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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Building Formative Assessment into Game-Based Learning

How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment

Guest blogger Ross Flatt, a sixth grade teacher at Quest to Learn, demonstrates how studying geography with Galactic Mappers can be a viable strategy for embedding assessment in a classroom game.

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

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