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How to write a lesson plan template

Updated October 24, 2018

Designing effective lesson plans is critical to creating engaging and valuable learning opportunities for your students. Careful consideration must be given to the goals of each lesson and how to achieve these goals. Use a lesson plan template that allows you to outline the important details of each lesson. Create a template that can be easily adapted to suit various subjects and grades. An effective template can help you focus your thoughts and organise your ideas.

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  1. Use a word processor to type your lesson plan template. This allows you to save your template and access it easily. Leave adequate space in each section of the template to fill in the details of your lessons.

  2. Create a section to outline general information about your lessons. Include space to fill in each lesson plan's title and the subject and grade the lesson is intended for. Also, include room to outline the curriculum standards your lesson focuses on.

  3. Create a section to list the equipment and materials needed to conduct the lesson. You may wish to leave one space for the teacher's resources and a second space for the students' resources.

  4. Make a section to outline the lesson's procedures. Use subheadings with space to describe your introduction or anticipatory set, the type of instruction used --- such as direct teaching or demonstration and student activities for guided or independent practice.

  5. Create a section to outline the assessment methods being used during the lesson. Include space to describe modifications required for students with special needs.

  6. Make a section where you can write reflections on your lesson. This can include notes about aspects of the lesson that were particularly effective or need to be changed, concepts that need to be reviewed and reminders about where you left off and need to continue during the next period.

  7. Tip

    If you prefer to hand write your lessons, make multiple copies of your lesson plan template and place them in your day book to fill in as needed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Word processor

About the Author

Erin Agnello

Mother of two, Erin Agnello writes about parenting, relationships, and education. She has been teaching since 2001 and works in special education and early literacy. Agnello holds a B.A. in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a B.Ed. from Windsor University.

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