Some schools or districts ask for a consistent approach, while others allow flexibility for teachers to outline their lessons as they see fit. We have outlined several examples of lesson plan templates below to spark ideas and conversation. We hope they inspire you to create a lesson plan template that will meet your needs!

Here is an example of the full lesson planning view in Atlas

 

For support using and customizing the lesson planner in your Atlas system, please visit our support manual!

Please note that the following examples show the templates in the Lesson Details. If you use standards, they will appear next to your Lesson Details while planning.

Backwards Planning
Planning with the end in mind is a common approach for both unit planning and lesson planning. Some teachers might use an Understanding by Design (UbD)-inspired  template for lesson planning, while others might use an adapted version. Below you can find two ideas to get you started!

*template adapted from Golden Apple STEM Institute’s “Backward Design” Lesson Plan Template 

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
Some schools opt to build standards-specific lesson planners, beyond just aligning to standards. For example, the C3 framework is organized into four dimensions embodying the four steps in the Inquiry Arc, which is reflected in the lesson planner attached to this section. 

5E Lesson Planner

Hunter Decision-Making Model for Planning Direct Instruction
The Madeline Hunter method is a kind of direct instruction model and most often used at the lesson planning level. This model includes several elements:

  1. Objectives; standards; anticipatory set;
  2. Teaching (input, modeling, and checking for understanding)
  3. Guided practice; closure; and independent practice.

* template adapted from Hunter Decision-Making Model for Planning Direct Instruction taken from Mastery Teaching by Madeline Hunter

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Many schools use their Atlas lesson planning template to emphasize the three dimensions of the NGSS and by using the 5 Es of Science Instruction Model.

* Inspired by the template from the Next Generation Science Standards

Project Based Learning (PBL)

Many schools use their Atlas lesson planning template to emphasize the three dimensions of the NGSS and by using the 5 Es of Science Instruction Model.

* Inspired by PBL Works: https://www.pblworks.org/

Weekly Lesson Plans

Many teachers, especially at the elementary level, create an outline of their lesson plans on a weekly basis. This can allow for a smooth transition from the unit plan to daily learning goals. Here you will see a simple example for outlining daily objectives and experiences, as well as an outline for tracking group work, such as leveled reading groups, math groups, or centers.

Aspiring Curriculum Design

Find inspiration from these template examples and consider how you can refresh your template or design an entirely new one.

  • What is the purpose of your curriculum?
  • Is your curriculum aligned to a specific pedagogy?
  • Are there external mandates for your curriculum?
  • What key initiatives do you want capture?

Use these questions to guide your curriculum design and development. If you are interested in adding similar categories to your curriculum map or want to discuss ways to refresh your mapping template, a reach out to our Support team. And if you’re not (yet!) an Atlas client, learn more about the curriculum design platform featured here.

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