Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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.

  • 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.


Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

Last comment 3 weeks 15 hours ago
32 864 48,118 views

Financial Literacy: Make the Money "Real"

Last comment 3 weeks 2 days ago
4 906 4,327 views

Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago
19 2,489 39,400 views

Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Thu, 10/06/2011 - 17:38
7 198 38,059 views

Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

Thu, 10/06/2011 - 17:24
37 544 74,608 views

The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:50
3 4,130 17,612 views



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.

4 529 1,341 views

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 3,140 98,416 views

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.

4 1,853 10,068 views

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...

2 106 2,850 views

Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways to beat learning loss this summer such as creating an online forum where students post book reviews.

5 4,089 14,599 views
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.

1 2,852 18,115 views

Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos for Exploring the Universe on Space Day

Space Day is celebrated in early May each year. For teachers and students interested in the universe, VideoAmy has collected some of the most fun videos and resources to bring astronomy into the classroom.

31 2,012 views



4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas. Check out these four tips to help bring writing into your math curriculum.

5 2,210 17,780 views

Seven Technology Tips for Younger Elementary

Blogger Mary Beth Hertz provides tips for teaching technology to elementary school students.

20 381 17,780 views

The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Check out this creative classroom activity where students package their favorite line from a book, poem, movie, or song to gift to another classmate.

3 4,130 17,612 views

New Teachers: How to Use Classroom Data to Inform Instruction

One of the greatest challenges for new teachers is collecting classroom data and figuring out ways to use it. Here's some helpful suggestions for taking on this task.

2 2,920 16,445 views

Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.

4 3,706 16,109 views

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

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

2 2,925 15,941 views


Join the movement for change