Last night we discussed the logistics of putting together a lesson plan, and why a content creator would want to do so. Here is one brief framework for authoring a lesson plan:
Grade/Class: cite the targeted grade here (i.e. Fifth Grade)
Subject Area(s): ELA, mathematics, science, etc.
Lesson Topic: title reflecting the topic
Suggested Learning Outcome(s): detail what the students will Know, Understand or be able to Do as a result of this lesson
Common Core OR State Learning Standard(s): list the specific standards this lesson is designed to address (CCSS available for perusal here)
Learner Prior Knowledge/Learner Background Experiences: these can come from the standards for the prior year
Materials and Resources Needed: specific listing of all the items needed to carry out the lesson (paper, pencils, smart board, etc.), including the name of your book or app
Suggested Teaching Strategies: these are the specifics of carrying out the lesson plan, including Anticipatory Strategies (Background Knowledge), Developmental Strategies and Concluding Strategies
Assessment: how will the students be evaluated on their understanding of the material covered in this lesson?
EC accommodations/modifications to strategies or assessments: detail any necessary considerations for exceptional children as seen in the typical classroom (ADHD, ASD, HAG, etc.)
Resources Used to Create This Lesson Plan: mention any books, videos, websites or other resources you consulted to put this lesson plan together, including a link to your app
Here are the links I shared:
A site with free lesson plan templates, and another similar one
Discovery Education’s bank of free lesson plans
Google’s monster database of free lesson plans
Free Gradebook and lesson plan software from Google
Hundreds of free lesson plans from the International Reading Association
A free web-based software package that generates lesson plans, and another one that incorporates CCSS
Some tips for writing lesson plans:
Five Secrets for Writing Great Lesson Plans
About.com: How to Write a Lesson Plan
Principles from Colorado State University, including a sample lesson plan format
While the up-front work of creating a custom lesson plan may seem daunting, it’s really not a big deal and ultimately it will help sell storybook apps!
The transcript for the chat appears at Storify here. Do plan to join us for the next chat, on Sunday, September 8!