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A Teacher's Lesson Plan Guide

Individuals pursuing a degree in education either traditionally or online are often required to create lessons that are both educational and engaging. This task is often challenging and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Elementary and middle school teachers can use many different online resources to help them create dynamic lesson plans that will resonate with their students.

Math Lesson Plans

  • Drawing Word Problems - Word problems are tricky for children; use this math lesson plan to help students overcome the frustration of seeing the math problem within the story.

  • Adding and Subtracting Decimals - It is important to teach children math skills that they will use in everyday life. Try using this lesson plan, so students add and subtract amounts listed on restaurant menus—just like they see outside of school.

  • Slap and Roll Timed Multiplication - Learning is so much fun when teachers incorporate game-like lessons into the day. Use this Slap and Roll Timed Multiplication game to help students improve on their memorized multiplication tables.

Social Studies Lesson Plans

  • Exploring the West Lesson Plan - Part of teaching social studies to children is enlightening them on the history of the United States. Use this lesson plan to assist with instructing students on the westward expansion of the United States and the impacts it had on our country as well as on Native Americans.

  • Game Board Review - Children need to hear information repeated to them multiple times before they can retain it long term. Lessons that include the names of states and capitals are often trickiest, requiring teachers to repeat themselves time and time again. Use this game board review as a way to repeat information to your students without seeming redundant.

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights - Scholastic is an outstanding source for teachers and offers many tools for use in their classrooms. Here teachers find a premade slideshow that helps them walk their students through the story of Rosa Parks and her role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Reading Lesson Plans

  • Active Reading Using the Enormous Watermelon - When children learn to read, they begin by learning and recognizing repetitive and high-frequency words. Lesson plans like this one allow children to build these skills through active reading and high-frequency words.

  • A Is for Arthur! - Children enjoy combining learning with characters or television shows that they watch at home. Take advantage of their love for these shows and incorporate characters into lessons plans, like this use of Arthur to help letter recognition.

  • 1st Grade Sight Words - Sight words play a significant role in children learning how to read. Use this lesson plan to prepare a variety of ways for children to learn and memorize the sight words they need in daily reading.

  • Book Report Options - Book reports are a great learning tool, yet they can become redundant and boring. Find new and exciting ways for students to prepare their book reports by using this impressive list of book report options.

  • Incentive and Sticker Charts: Motivate Your Students to Use Their Best Effort! - Stickers and charts are great motivators for keeping your students focused on reading. Download this free chart to help students track their progress with fun stickers.

Science Lesson Plans

  • Tide Pool Science Experiment - Don't just teach children about tide pools and the eco-system; let them experience it. Use this tide pool science experiment to engage students in a new and exciting way, and watch how much more they learn.

  • Air Pollution: What Can You Do? - Science today includes teaching students about the environment and the effects we as people have on it. With this lesson plan, teach children about pollution and what they can do to prevent it.

  • The Universe: An Introduction - The universe is massive and hard to comprehend for children. In this lesson plan, the Smithsonian Learning Lab supplies teachers with great tools for teaching children about the size, distance and vastness of the universe.

Language Arts Lesson Plans

  • Not Just the Main Idea: Finding Three Things - Sometimes children don't realize that there is more to a story than just the main idea. This lesson plan helps teachers show their students that there are often many ideas and themes to every story.

  • Writing Comics - Not all story writing consists of a lined piece of blank paper. Try having students write a comic strip and engage their imagination in new ways.

  • Alphabet Bingo - Language arts for younger children consists of basics like learning the alphabet. Make learning the alphabet fun by playing a game of bingo as suggested in this lesson.

  • Proofing and Editing: Build Custom Proofreading Activities - Want an easy way to create proofreading worksheets? Use this site to quickly input parameters and directions and create a unique proofreading worksheet.

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