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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.

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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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

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Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge and Uses Authentic Assessment

Blogger Elena Aguilar explains the importance of activating students' prior knowledge and using authentic assessment.

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Trying Something New in Your Classroom For 30 Days

Blogger and middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers up a list of new things she plans to try in the classroom.

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What Does the "Special" in Special Education Mean?

Blogger Marisa Kaplan offers a fresh perspective on how, in education, one size does not fit all.

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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

Blogger and PBL specialist Andrew Miller offers an array of creative suggestions for using Quick Response codes in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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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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Common Core: Seven Opportunities to Transform English Language Arts Curriculum

In the second of their series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf look at how the Common Core State Standards can help teachers build a new language arts curriculum.

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A New Instructional Model Keeps At-Risk Kids Engaged

Algebra teacher Kadhir Rajagopal shares an in-class strategy for keeping students invested in the learning process.

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Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers Meet the Lesson Study Method

Guest blogger Anne-Lise Halvorsen introduces the lesson study, a professional development method she uses to engage and inspire pre-service teachers around elementary social studies curriculum.

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Thinking Critically About Social Action Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss outlines ways in which social action projects can increase students' leadership skills.

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Elementary Art and Service Learning Projects for Earth Day and Beyond

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo believes that every day should be Earth Day. Here are some project ideas, from fun and simple to deep and meaningful.

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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process

Guest blogger Ashley Prophet describes how collaborative writing exercises can benefit from the debate process.

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A Teachable Moment: Turning News from Egypt into Classroom Lessons

With civil unrest mounting in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, instructional coach Elena Aguilar discusses ways to use current events in the classroom and why it's important.

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Five Tips for Introducing Outdoor Education to Your Class

Follow these easy-to-implement suggestions about how to go outside with learning.

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Online Photography Archives Enable Teaching with Primary Sources

Analyzing photographs inspires visual literacy and critical thinking in students.

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Sponge Activities

Looking for a few meaningful activities to soak up extra classroom time? Download this list of engaging sponge activities to help you with the unexpected.

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