Top 10 Lesson Plan Template Forms and Websites
Posted by Hemprasad Y. Badgujar on April 16, 2013
#1 Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template Model
The Madeline Hunter Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Model has been the most broadly used lesson plan template for more than 30 years. It is based on her research into effective teachers and the 8 essential elements of their lessons at all grade level.
This version, from Dr. Helen Mongan-Rallis, does an excellent job of providing guidance on the basic elements to use in this type of lesson plan. Most of the lesson plans you see online follow some variation of this template. Thinkfinity is my favorite lesson plan site, and it has many outstanding examples of lessons using the Madeline Hunter template.
#2 Understanding by Design Unit Plan Template
Backward Design Process
About 14 years ago with the emphasis on standardized goals and learning objectives, a holistic lesson approach took shape, Understanding by Design. The template for UbD emphasizes beginning with the end in mind — establishing learning goals for a curriculum unit, and working backwards. The framework was designed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. You can learn more about the UbD concept at Authentic Education.
It’s important to understand that this template is best used for planning a unit. It is not designed to be used as a daily lesson plan template. Think of UbD as the framework from which daily lesson plans and assessments can be designed.
#3 Teach21 Unit and Lesson Plan Templates and Design
The West Virginia Department of Education has posted some excellent templates and guidance for creating quality lesson plans. Teach21 also has a template designed specifically for project-based learning plans.
#4 Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Templates
Google Docs has an enormous collection of lesson plan templates and forms created by users. As with other collections, these include individual plans, weekly planners, unit planners, monthly, etc. To help you wade through such a large collection, Google offers helpful sorting tools for highest rated and most frequently used.
Consider using a Web 2.0 online collaboration tool for teachers, such as ClassConnect, to build your lesson library and share your lessons with colleagues. It’s a great way to organize your material for a lesson, unit, theme, class, or Common Core Standards.
#5 Microsoft Office Blank Lesson Plan Templates
Microsoft Office users contributed more than 25 templates and forms to this collection of Microsoft Word and Excel based Lesson Plan Templates. There are individual lesson templates, weekly planner templates, unit plan templates, and homeschool templates available in this collection.
Remember, you don’t need Microsoft Office to use these forms. There are freeware packages available online or to download, such as Google Docs, ThinkFree Office and OpenOffice, that are compatible to use with Word and Excel documents.
#6 Have Fun Teaching Lesson Plan Templates
Have Fun Teaching offers 5 generic printable lesson plan templates in several formats. They include a template for daily plan with state standards, ESOL strategies lesson plan supplement, weekly plan, and 5-subject plan. Most plans are in PDF format. There are also templates for specific subjects and for specific grade levels up to sixth grade.
A free PDF editor that will let you fill out these forms (but not alter them) is available for use on Google Chrome fromPDFescape Free PDF Editor.
#7 Education Oasis Lesson Plan Templates and Guidance
Education Oasis offers detailed guidance and variations on the Madeline Hunter template for creating lesson plans. There are also several examples of lesson plans at all grade levels using the template.
#8 UDL Lesson Builder
An interactive web-based lesson plan template for creating lessons for students of varied learning abilities in the classroom is the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). The site has several excellent lesson plan samples that illustrate how to construct lessons for differentiated instruction to meet a variety of student needs, skills, and aptitudes. This interactive template provides plenty of guidance and tips for creating a plan.
Learn more about UDL here. Free registration is required to create lessons.
Using UDL to Teach Every Student
In today’s classroom, students have a wide range of skills, knowledge and learning abilities. And in schools, there is an increasing emphasis for teachers to differentiate instruction to meet this diversity. This book does an excellent job of explaining Universal Design of Learning and how to create flexible lessons for all types of learners. The UDL lesson planning template above helps you to put the principles into practice.
#9 Standards Toolbox Lesson Plan Template
Another Web 2.0 interactive lesson builder can be found in Standards Toolbox, which provides standards-aligned lesson planning tools, including templates and weekly calendar planner. Additional tools include a test generator and gradebook, as well as graphic organizers for your subject area/grade level. All of these tools are free to individual teachers.
#10 LearnBoost Lesson Plan Template and Tools
If you use Google apps for Education or Google Calendar, you’ll find the LearnBoost interactive lesson plannerparticularly useful. It has a weekly planner that can be integrated with your Google calendar. In addition to the template form it has a gradebook, and seating chart.
Expect to see more features soon, as it’s a relatively new app.