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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.

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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Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

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Take virtual field trips to visit student- and teacher-created collections of museum objects with a new online learning platform.

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Energy and Calm: Change It Up and Calm It Down!

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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise

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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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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

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