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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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Child & Adolescent Development syllabus

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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The Educator's Village: Creative Commons for Classroom Lessons

Blogger Andy Marcinek and fellow teacher Michael Milton describe the thinking that led to The Educator's Village, a new hub for sharing and exchanging lessons among education professionals.

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Summer Learning Tips

Blogger Danielle Moss Lee reviews a number of ways (many of them fun) to keep children engaged during summer break and give them a running start for the new school year.

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Year-End Tech Reflections

Blogger Nick Provenzano encourages us to review which tech tools we used during the school year, how effective they were, and whether we should use them again.

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Combining SEL and Social Studies

Blogger Maurice Elias presents a social studies lesson that challenges students to think with their heads and their hearts.

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Searching for Voice: The Colossal Failure of Free Writing Analyzers

Blogger Todd Finley, after amusing yet disastrous experiments with online writing analyzers, suggests a number of creative ways to help young writers find a voice that fits.

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Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners

Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share seven suggestions for reaching out to and gaining the confidence of English-language learners in the classroom.

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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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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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Superhero Science

Guest blogger Autumn Crisp teaches her third graders about science by analyzing the powers of popular superheroes and having students scientifically invent their own mind-boggling comic book characters.

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Reframing and Refining the Worksheet

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller assures us that worksheet doesn't have to be a dirty word, even in a PBL project.

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

This educator's guide to open educational resources (OER) includes information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open textbooks.

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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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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

Guest blogger Ashley Nahornick, a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Teachers College Columbia, offers a one-minute strategy for introducing teachers and students to the mindset of design thinking.

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The Last 40 Days Until Summer

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee proposes a few useful alternatives to rigorous testing and aimless drifting as the long countdown to summer vacation begins.

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