We can teach our students ANYTHING, but it helps if we are organized and focused in what and how we are going to teach. I use a lot of planned curricula that already has detailed lesson plans included, which is great! It is definitely a time-saver, but there are specific units or holiday, themed, or interest-based lessons that I want to add, and these I have to plan myself. There is tons of information online about lesson planning. Most of them require a lot of writing and time. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of extra time to write detailed lesson plans, so I designed a simple, visual one.
Components of a Lesson Plan
Lesson: What is your lesson about? Try not to be too general. For example, ‘Science: Electricity’ may be too broad. Instead, try being more specific, such as ‘Science: Making a Simple Circuit.’
Objectives: What specifically do you want your students to take away from the lesson?
New Vocabulary: What vocabulary are you going to introduce?
Instruction: How are you going to teach? Lecture, worksheets, reading aloud, reading silently, movies, other visuals, etc.
Differentiation: Are you teaching the same lesson to multiple grade levels? Do your students require different teaching methods? Are you going to require activities according to skill levels?
Activities: How are your students going to show their learning? I like to include activities that I think appropriately show the lesson objectives (teacher-led activities) as well as activities that allow the student to have some control in their learning and allows the student to be creative.
Visual Lesson Plan
All the necessary components of a good lesson plan can be found in the visual format below. You can type, write, scribble, draw, etc. in the boxes and be fully prepared to teach any subject.
Example Lesson Plan
Download the free lesson plan template. Download an editable Word template here.
Do you have a preferred way to organized and format your lessons? I’d love to see it. Comment or upload a picture below.
Till next Time,