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Lesson Plans

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

6 Baseball-Themed Classroom Activities for the World Series

Explore some resources for using the World Series to bring history, math, social studies, music, and visual arts to your classroom.

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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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

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Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

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Child & Adolescent Development syllabus

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Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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Planning a Lesson, Telling a Story

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea explains how planning a lesson is a lot like telling a story, and how important it is to hook students with a good beginning.

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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

April is National Poetry Month, and Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry for educators. The blog features links to outside Poetry Month resources, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

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Inquiry, Curiosity, Exploration and the Common Core

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea looks at the Common Core ELA standards for lessons that will motivate students through inquiry, curiosity and exploration.

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Read Across America: Reading and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers

This blog features some of the best resources on the Web to help celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2. (Updated 02/2014)

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Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has collected seven online resources for teachers and parents who are interested in teaching film literacy.

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Presidents' Day: A Life Lesson for Students

Blogger Maurice Elias shares lesson ideas for Presidents' Day.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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Twelve Interactive Activities for Learning About Elections

Teacher Paul Gigliotti suggests 12 simple interactive activities for teaching elementary and middle school students about how elections work.

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Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

In the final blog of this series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf examine how the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented throughout the U.S.

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How to Build Students' Creative Confidence

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers carve out a Genius Hour, providing students a regular time each week to tackle projects that reflect their personal interests and passions.

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Presidents' Day: A Life Lesson for Students

Blogger Maurice Elias shares lesson ideas for Presidents' Day.

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Academic Discourse and PBL

Math teacher Danielle Lynch continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with examples of how the principle of academic discourse can deepen math learning.

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Seven Tech Integration Lesson Plans: Let the Voting Begin!

Seven great tech integration lesson plans. Vote for your favorite; the winner gets to donate Steven Johnson's new book Digital Tools for Learning to a deserving colleague.

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