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  • 1.  Lesson planning

    Posted 07-06-2021 01:39 PM

    Does anyone have a simple, basic format for lesson planning they can recommend or send me? I have a lot of new unexperienced teachers.



    Dorian Cortes


    Dorian Cortes / Director

    The Joyland Learning Center

    At Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

    14401 Old Cutler Road

    Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33158

    (786) 573-7019


  • 2.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-06-2021 11:54 PM
    Hello Dorian, there are a lot of lesson plan templates on that will help you out as a resource for your teachers.--
    Juanita Colbert

  • 3.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-07-2021 07:45 AM
    I created a "calendar" type lesson plan sheet for each subject (M-F)  It includes the essential components of a lesson plan, many of which are repeated which is why I did one for each subject.  The components are: Date, Subject(s), Objective, Standard, Teach (How will I teach this lesson?), Differentiation (i.e., small group), Assessment(i.e., exit slip)
    Very often when scaffolding lessons the subject, standard, differentiation and assessment parts are the same so no need to repeat daily.

    This format worked very well in Kindergarten and First Grade.  I'm not sure if it will work as well in Pre-K but I found it very simple.  Also, for the Differentiation and Assessment parts I added a "checklist" because again, it is often the same and/or you may do many.  For example, in the Differentiation Box I listed 1-1, small group, visuals, etc. and simply checked off all I would use for that particular lesson.

    Gina James
    Williston Pk NY

  • 4.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-07-2021 07:56 AM
    Hi Dorian,
    Here is an observation-based planning form, called the Experience Planning Guide, that I created to teach Curriculum in ECE. I have a more complex version for practicum students, if you're interested. You are welcome to make a copy and edit to your liking if you're interested.

    Lauren Stauble
    Consultant/Faculty/ECE Admin
    Boston, MA

  • 5.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-07-2021 10:44 AM
    I am attaching a couple that i have used for various groups based on Themes.  One is linked to our Montana Early Learning Standards so they choose the standard that the activity addresses.  This helps them to understand why they are doing the activity.  The other is more basic and mostly just an overview.  There are several examples online.  Hope they help as it is hard to know what type of lesson plan you want for them when I don't know what your program's philosophy is or what type of curriculum you use.

    Tamara Christofferson
    New Provider Support Specialist
    Child Care Connections
    Bozeman MT


  • 6.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-07-2021 11:04 AM
    Thank you all for your input and suggestions

    Dorian Cortes
    The Joyland Learning Center
    Palmetto Bay FL

  • 7.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-08-2021 12:13 PM
    Hi Dorian,

    I'm not sure what your philosophy is - but if you're using a thematic, emergent, or unit based approach I've found "webbing" to be helpful with new teachers - or teachers that need more flexibility in their structure.  (This page's pictures won't load for me, so hopefully it does for you)

    Teachers put the current interest of the group in the center, and then a few activities in each of the bubbles that correlate to centers in the room.  This works great for all ages. You can easily make your own version on your computer and add/remove bubbles as needed.  As teachers advance you can have them tie the activities to learning objectives.

    Here are a few examples:

    Sarah Garczynski
    salem MN

  • 8.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-09-2021 08:36 AM
    One of my roles at EdAdvance is supporting programs through NAEYC Accreditation and as such, I am often asked for feedback on lesson plan formats.  Some things that teachers/administrators can reflect upon when choosing a plan that works for them include:
    • Does your plan have elements that help to keep you accountable?  For instance, a brainstorm web may not necessarily get you from thought to implementation without the details of what day the experience will take place.
    • Is your plan in synch with your educational philosophy?  For instance, if you say that your program addresses all domains of development including social and emotional development, does your plan address that (or are you only planning for 'academic' standards?)
    • Does your plan allow you to be flexible?  For instance, while you may have planned to do X, on that day you did Y instead for an intentional reason.  Can you cross out your plan and write in the actual experiences that happened?
    • Is your plan format realistic?  For instance, a plan that might be required for a college class may be "ideal" but may be too cumbersome to use consistently in the real world where planning time outside of the responsibility of supervising children is hard to do.
    • Does your plan allow for individualizing?  This is especially critical and crucial when planning for infants and toddlers but also very relevant for preschool age children as well.
    • Does your plan have a specific spot to address vocabulary words that are to be targeted during planned experiences?  We know that when things are written down and our attention is brought to them that they are more likely to be addressed.
    I'm sure there are other reflective questions that relate to this question as well!  I'd love to hear others' thoughts!

    Kristen Kennen
    Early Childhood Education Specialist
    Danbury, CT

  • 9.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-08-2021 04:57 PM

    Hi Dorian,

    This is honestly the most wonderful, simple, helpful book for your teachers:
    It has sample lesson plans, checklists, and many other samples and ideas that are easy to incorporate and to inspire your staff!!

    : ) Marie Masterson

    Marie Masterson
    Marie Masterson
    Warrenville IL

  • 10.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-11-2021 12:31 PM

    When I've wanted teachers to really think about what they were doing I did something this:
    Name of activity
    Materials needed
    Learning goal(s)
    Procedure which included how to introduce activity to children, what the children do & what the teacher does, and how it ends
    Evaluation (how will you know if it worked?

    When I was being brief I'd list learning centers and what was in them, focus of large and small groups, equipment/materials for outdoor play. What I'm doing now, as someone with graduate degrees, 30+ years of experience, and keen dislike for planning is not what you're looking for....!

    Loraine Dunn
    Only Toddlers
    Norman OK

  • 11.  RE: Lesson planning

    Posted 07-12-2021 02:31 PM
    Please check out our FREE state-approved curriculum that includes lesson plans.

    Sheri Young
    Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
    University of Arkansas fort Smith
    Fort Smith AR