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Updated March 19, 2005


Teachers who wish to be successful with their classes are very good planners, as well as, thinkers. As an educator you must first think carefully about what it is you wish your lesson to accomplish and then structure your planning around this. This template will help you begin this process.                                                              

LESSON PLAN FORMAT:                                        
Teacher(s): __________________________________                       Title (Subject, Theme etc________________________                         Grade Level and Date: __________________________                    Standards addressed/assessed: ___________________                                                                                                                   

This would be a statement that relates to the subject matter content. This may be a concept or a skill. Example: I want my students to understand… (state the concept) /or/ I want my students to be able to… (name the skill). Major facts or principals to be learned through the lesson outcomes.                                                                               

PREREQUISITES                                                                            Here you would indicate what the student should already know or be able to do in order to be successful with your lesson. Research indicates that what a student learns is dependent on these prerequisites.  You should list several specific behaviors necessary to know or be able to do before beginning the lesson. 

How will you accommodate children with learning disabilities? Include activities which address specially designed instruction for any students who have IEP’S or any other diverse learners including English Language Learners.

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE                                                    What is it that you want the student to learn? Your objective must relate to the content statement. State your art standards and, if applicable, the cross-integrated standards that you will be addressing or assessing within this lesson. One or more outcomes should be stated for each lesson and they should be clear and measurable.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES                                                    Remember that anything not understood in more than one way is not understood at all. Describe what you will do in the teaching of the lesson in multiple ways.  Example: a). introduction b). instructional techniques used….visuals, charts, demonstration, question and answer session, hand-outs, how and where are the students viewing this, how is the room set-up etc.  c). hand-out of materials d).clean-up and e). closure.  This will be the actual “meat” of the lesson. Describe the specific things that you and the students will be doing. Often you will find times listed here for each task:   Intro. / Questions and Answers / Studio Time / Cleanup: STATE HOW / Review.    I have always felt that this is the section that is the most important when you first begin thinking about and developing your lessons. It forces you to do the ….”and thens” and helps you with the time management needed to feel the success. Keep in mind that when writing this section, you may also plan on the lesson lasting more than one class period. (If so, indicate what will be reviewed and accomplished in each session.) Little children will only last a short time span when they are not engaged as the learners. This is the secret to a good, well planned lesson. THINK IT THROUGH and DO THE… “AND THENS”

List all materials and equipment that you will be using as the teacher, as well as, what the students will be using to complete the assignment.

List all vocabulary that will be used within the lesson content.

Describe how you will determine the extent to which your students have attained your instructional objective. (E.g. final project graded by a pre-determined project rubric, etc.) Include a rubric in your plan if you will be using one as an assessment piece.

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES                                                           Describe how other activities/materials, team teaching, etc. will be used to reinforce and extend this lesson.

SELF-ASSESSMENT / REFLECTION                                             This part will be recorded after the lesson has been presented. It will be kept as a reminder of the lessons strengths and weaknesses. You might also analyze the difference between what you wanted (the objective) and what was attained. (the results of the assessment) Remember: Experience plus Reflection equals Growth.

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