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Psychology Applied to Teaching, Eleventh Edition
Jack Snowman, Southern Illinois University
Robert Biehler
Lesson Plans

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Lesson planning is a very important task for teachers. Teachers use lesson plans to help prepare for classroom activities and to keep a record of lessons they have used with their class. The process of writing a lesson plan helps teachers map out their classroom activities and assessment methods so they will be in agreement with their learning objectives. Once written, the lesson plan can be used as a checklist to make sure that all the necessary materials have been gathered and necessary preparations made.

Teachers often share lesson plans with one another. This way, one person's planning can benefit many students and teachers. You can find other teachers' lesson plans by going to professional conferences, looking on the World Wide Web, and reading magazines and journals.

Lesson Plan Template

This lesson plan template will help you create your own lesson plans. You can print the template and then use it to fill in your own information for a lesson plan.

Lesson Plan Examples

These lesson plans are examples of real lessons that teachers might use in their classrooms. They include information about the lesson's objectives, the types of materials needed, the preparations the teacher needs to make, the types of activities that will take place during class time and how learning will be assessed.
  1. Similes That Make Us Smile—elementary level
  2. Family Trees—elementary level
  3. Going to the Capital: A virtual field trip—middle school level
  4. Character Biographies—junior high level
  5. Using Scaled Models—high school level
  6. Holocaust Concentration Camps—high school level