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Lesson plans are an essential part of good lesson preparation and delivery. We’ve put together a list of things to know, and how to make the most out of this simple, yet highly-effective teaching tool. You’ll then find an example lesson plan and a blank lesson plan template to print and use.
See the fact file below for more information on the Lesson Plan or alternatively, you can download our 10-page Lesson Plan worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
WHAT IS A LESSON PLAN?
- Simply put, a lesson plan is a document that outlines what lesson will take place, the contents of the lesson, and how you will deliver it.
- A lesson plan takes into consideration time allocation, student(s) ability level, required knowledge, and teaching goals.
- Lesson plans outline how knowledge is taught, followed by how it is assessed using worksheets, tests, projects, and homework.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING LESSON PLANS
- First off, know your students’ learning style. Are they more suited to visual learning? Are they tactile or do they prefer to listen? This will help you figure out the best kinds of activities to keep your students engaged throughout the whole lesson.
- Where possible, include a mixture of independent and group activities. Also have a back-up plan if a group activity needs to be changed to solo, and vice versa.
- Establish clear learning objectives. This is a short statement that describes what a student will have accomplished by the end of the lesson. If you’re teaching the human body, for example, break the lessons down into smaller parts and cover one system at a time. The learning objective will then be “At the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain how the immune system works.”
- It’s even better if the teacher can include a practical element to the learning objective, e.g. “Students will learn how the immune system works, and how to keep it strong.”
- When writing down the lesson objectives, create a framework of topics and ideas that will be covered in the lesson. Include part of the textbook you’ll be covering, if applicable, new vocabulary, directions for all the activities, and the approximate time for each section and activity. When you begin allocating times to deliver the lesson and the activities you wish to cover, you’ll quickly see whether you’re expecting too much from the lesson or not enough.
- Next, plan your time. Be realistic about how long your lesson can be.
- The older your students are, the longer lessons can become. Ideally, lessons should be between 45 and 90 minutes long.
- Break your lesson down into sections and allocate them an amount of time. Give yourself a buffer for each time allocation in case you need to slow down the lesson and to allow your students the opportunity to engage and ask questions. It’s important to stick to your allocated times so that you can meet the lesson goals you’ve set for the class.
HOW TO STRUCTURE A LESSON PLAN
- Start by introducing the students to the topic.
- A warm up activity is a good way to get students thinking about the lesson that will follow, to start asking questions, and to engage in the lesson.
- Warm up activities can be fun and simple, such as describing a picture related to the topic, watching a short video, or asking their opinion.
- A warm up activity should take about 5 minutes in total.
- Next up is the introduction. This should take around 10 minutes, during which time you’ll explain to your students why it’s important to learn the lesson being delivered. This is where you’ll do most of the talking and it’s also the part where you’re going to get them interested and excited to learn. So have them engage by repeating certain things back to you. It’s also a good time to introduce and explain important vocabulary.
- Once the important aspects of the lesson have been delivered, it’s time to practice what’s been learned. This is the time for worksheets and other classroom activities that can range from 5-10 minutes each.
- Have your students work individually or in pairs for different activities. Include time to go through the activity to check answers.
- A good way to assess a student’s understanding of a lesson is to include production activities. These are especially good for tactile learners and creative students. Give your students time to produce their own material related to the class. This can be a drawing, creating a story or writing sentences using their own words, making a model, or even a speech or a play. This will take up the rest of class time, except for review time.
- As a last step in the lesson plan, allocate 5 minutes to review. Much like the warm up activity, the review allows students to demonstrate what they’ve learned, while also helping you identify gaps or weaknesses to address in the next lesson.
Lesson Plan Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Lesson Plan across 10 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Lesson Plan worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the lesson plans which are an essential part of good lesson preparation and delivery. We’ve put together a list of things to know, and how to make the most out of this simple, yet highly-effective teaching tool. You’ll then find an example lesson plan and a blank lesson plan template to print and use.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- How to create a lesson plan
- Example lesson plan
- Blank lesson plan template
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Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.