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Lesson Plan Template

Lesson planning is the decision-making that is made before instruction. Planning a lesson is the teacher’s mindful effort to develop a coherent scenario of activities that paves the way for learning by the students.

Each lesson plan contains student objectives, background information for the teacher, a list of commonly held alternative ideas, step-by-step directions on how to carry out the lesson, and assessments. In addition, there are helpful hints that can support teaching methods.

At a minimum, lesson plans should include:

  • State- and/or district-adopted student academic content standards that are the target of student learning.
  • Informal and formal assessment tools and/or procedures used to monitor student learning.
  • Instructional strategies and learning tasks used to support student learning, including what the teacher and the students will be doing.
  • Resources and materials.

A good lesson plan will take into account the differentiated ability level of the students in the class. By incorporating this into the lesson plan, teachers show an understanding and a responsiveness to student learning—and outcomes.

Even the most veteran teacher who has a series of detailed and highly-structured lesson plans rarely follow the plan in lock-step fashion. Every  lesson plan should be considered as a guide, not a blueprint. Have fun while teaching. Don’t be afraid to improvise. Remember a good teacher is an artist. The better prepared the teacher, the more flexibility he or she has in the presentation of the material.

 Below you’ll  find a lesson plan template designed to make lesson plan writing easier, while ensuring that all lesson plan goals are met.  Download this printable Lesson Plan Template as a Microsoft Word document to save and reuse.

Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Plan Title:

Concept / Topic To Teach:

Standards Addressed:

General Goal(s):

Specific Objectives:

Required Materials:

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

Step-By-Step Procedures:

Plan For Independent Practice:

- Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

- Assessment Based On Objectives:

- Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

- Extensions (For Gifted Students):

- Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

Additional Lesson Planning Resources

Need some inspiration? See these lessons plan resources on our site to get you started, then use our printable Lesson Plan Template to create your own.  

HotChalk Lesson Plans Page gives teachers access to more than  4,000 FREE lesson plans. Create an account and join our community to print, download, email or save these lesson plans in your Lesson Plans Page account. Don’t forget to pay it forward by sharing one of your lesson plans with other teachers in the Share a Plan section.

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