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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.

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.

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.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

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DIY: 3 Reasons Why It's Better than Rescue-by-Google

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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Building Formative Assessment into Game-Based Learning
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How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment

Guest blogger Ross Flatt, a sixth grade teacher at Quest to Learn, demonstrates how studying geography with Galactic Mappers can be a viable strategy for embedding assessment in a classroom game.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos for Exploring the Universe on Space Day

Space Day is celebrated in early May each year. For teachers and students interested in the universe, VideoAmy has collected some of the most fun videos and resources to bring astronomy into the classroom.

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Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing

Guest blogger Ross Cooper, a fourth grade teacher with a creative approach to literature study, gets his students into the authors' heads by having them imagine an interview and then construct it via app smashing.

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Final Portfolios: Ending the Year with Meaning

Edutopia blogger Josh Block shares his final portfolios project, a year-end activity in which students review and reflect on their work to more fully understand what they've learned and how they've grown.

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Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm

Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn, brothers who specialize in critical thinking, offer a simple, instructive, and amusing look at what it takes to brainstorm, including six suggestions for teaching students to develop this important collaborative skill.

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A Proposition for Handling Remainders Better - Please!

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson says we're not doing math doing students any favors by sweeping remainders under the rug at the end of a division problem. He proposes three ways of examining what that remainder is.

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They Do Call It a "Play," Don't They?

Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, shares a lesson plan for incorporating classical Greek drama into a PBL unit and folding kinesthetic learning into a study of history and language.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy

Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Check out this creative classroom activity where students package their favorite line from a book, poem, movie, or song to gift to another classmate.

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How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School
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How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.

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Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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Building Formative Assessment into Game-Based Learning
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How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment

Guest blogger Ross Flatt, a sixth grade teacher at Quest to Learn, demonstrates how studying geography with Galactic Mappers can be a viable strategy for embedding assessment in a classroom game.

1 3,766 16,605 views
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Oscar Week Special: 7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Explore a collection of seven online resources for teachers and parents who are interested in teaching film literacy.

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