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Video:What is a Lesson Plan Template?

with Kaytie Sproul

Lesson plan templates will help you stay organized and prepare for your classes. Watch this video from About.com to learn more about lesson plans and creating templates with this helpful structure.See Transcript

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Transcript:What is a Lesson Plan Template?

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, a credentialed teacher in the state of California. I'm here today for About.com to talk to you about lesson plan templates.

Create an Electronic Lesson Plan Template

Having a template handy is an easy way to churn out lesson plans and ensure that you don't miss any crucial steps along the way. If you're going to make your own lesson plan template from scratch, you'll need to first pick your medium. Either a Word document or Excel spreadsheet will fit the bill, and using an electronic format is always the best course of action. Keep in mind that the whole point of a template is to use it multiple times. Your master copy should never be filled in with information, but rather saved as a new document and then utilized.

Components of a Lesson Plan Template

In today's example, I'm going to use Excel to create my lesson plan template, and I'm going to begin by leaving blank spaces for my name, the date, the appropriate grade level for the lesson plan, and subject area.

Next, your lesson plan template should include the following eight essential components:

  • Objectives and goals
  • Anticipatory set
  • Direct instruction
  • Guided practice
  • Closure
  • Independent practice
  • Required materials and equipment
  • Assessment and follow-up.

Implementing the Components of the Lesson Plan

Let's take a closer look at each component. For goals and objectives, it's a good idea to leave three or four bullet points, or numbered lines. This is where you'll define what the outcome of your lesson should be and which state standards you'll be addressing.

The next component is the Anticipatory Set of the lesson. Here, you'll describe the opening activities or discussion that will prepare your students for what they're about to learn, ideally drawing on their existing knowledge base. Be sure to leave a blank space on your template for the approximate time it will take to complete the anticipatory set, and do so for the next three components as well.

The third component of your lesson plan, direct instruction, is really the guts of it all, so you may want to leave an extra bullet point or two in this section of your template. This is where you'll describe exactly how you'll disseminate the key information to your students, whether it be through lecture, demonstration, or another method of choice.

The fourth component of your template is guided practice, and should list what activities students will perform, either through individual or cooperative learning, to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter.

Closure is the fifth component of your template, and should include a blank bullet point or two for you to describe how you'll wrap-up the lesson.

Independent practice is the next component of your lesson plan template, where you'll describe how student learning is to be reinforced.

For the required materials and equipment section of your template, three to five bullet points should be enough for you to list what items you'll need to provide your students during the lesson.

Finally, the eighth component of your template, assessment and follow-up, will list your methods for determining whether or not the objectives and goals of the lesson were met and how you will address any shortcomings. A lesson plan template is an extremely useful tool for all teachers.

Whether you use this one, find one online, or plan to create your own, give consideration to the specific guidelines of your state and district. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at about.com.

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