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

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

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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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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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.

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Advanced Level Projects with Scratch: Fun with Fractals

The series about coding with Scratch concludes with an advanced lesson in recursion, opening the door to the mysterious yet ultimately logical world of fractals.

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Intermediate Level Projects with Scratch: Random Shapes On Demand!

The Scratch series continues with an intermediate lesson in which fifth graders and older students learn how to create code for generating and naming polygons.

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Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

Programming a computer is simply telling it what to do, and tools like Scratch convert this language into images to familiarize elementary students with coding.

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

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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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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

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

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Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

Guest blogger Ashley Hutchinson, in collaboration with her colleagues Stephanie Noles and Mike Flinchbaugh, explain how their high school students now come with self-written user's guides.

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5 Open Education Resources for K-5 Common Core Math

Of all the many Common Core lesson plan sources on the Web, blogger Matt Davis has chosen a few of the best that are easy to use and extremely useful.

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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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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how project-based learning, with a focus on the common core, and iPads engaged her students in critical thinking and questioning.

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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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