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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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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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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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Using Humor in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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Financial Literacy in High School: Necessary and Relevant

In the third installment of this series, guest blogger Brian Page shares three principles he applies when teaching financial literacy to high school students, and presents additional lesson plans and resources.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests playing with the standardized test format to build student familiarity and confidence for what needn't be such a dreaded event.

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A Teaching Moment: Harriet Tubman

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares the power of teaching kids about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)
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Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)

Fifth-grade teacher Nicole Dalesio keeps her class motivated to learn by encouraging them to create multimedia presentations and projects using technology tools on the Web.

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Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Blogger Andrew Miller shares his experiences and suggestions for creating rubrics that will make students' -- and teachers' -- lives much easier.

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Women's History Month: Six Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Edutopia blogger Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March. (Updated 02/2014)

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Five Ways to Empower Students

Teacher, student and blogger Adora Svitak explains how teachers can give students a more empowering role in their own education.

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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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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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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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