Video:How to Write Lesson Plan Step #7: Required Materials and Equipmentwith Kaytie Sproul
Required materials and equipment for lesson plans can vary greatly, but using different tools will keep lessons interesting and engaging for students. Watch this About.com video for tips on using materials and equipment in a range of lesson plans.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Write Lesson Plan Step #7: Required Materials and Equipment
Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com. I'm a credentialed teacher in the state of California and today we're going to take a look at writing the seventh step of a lesson plan: required materials and equipment. This step of lesson planning is simply for your reference and will help you to better organize your instruction. Let's take a closer look at what might be included in this section.
Required Materials is Essential in the Lesson Plan
Now that you've determined what the first six steps of your lesson plan will be, it's time to consider what materials and equipment you and your students need to complete each activity. If it's a science lesson that requires microscopes and test tubes, you'll want to include those two items in this section of your lesson plan. Or perhaps there's an arts and crafts activity you'll be completing as part of an English/ Language Arts lesson. In this instance, be sure to list items like construction paper, scissors, and glue, as required materials and equipment.
Equipment Engages Different Learning Modalities
While it may seem like a basic administrative component, the required materials and equipment section of your lesson plan is yet another opportunity for you to address the learning modalities of your students. Think about what you have available to you in your classroom, as well as resources you could borrow from another teacher or the school library.
If you're completing this section of your lesson plan and you notice that none of what you listed will address the needs of say your tactile learners, take a minute and try to include something that will. You may find while completing this section of your lesson plan that you need to go back and adjust some of your other sections to better address the learning needs of your students – and that's okay.
Listing Materials Keeps Lesson Plans Organized
Listing the required materials and equipment is not only an organizational opportunity, but also a chance to self-audit your lesson plan for any shortcomings. The required materials and equipment component of your lesson plan is usually a quickie, but it does give you an excuse to thoroughly review each of the previous sections. Be attentive when listing the necessary materials and equipment, and take the time to fine tune your plan if needed.
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