A lesson plan is a teacher’s detailed blueprint to achieve the intended learning outcomes. It includes the behavioral objectives, the required instructional materials, amount of time needed to complete the lesson, motivation, procedure or method of teaching, summary, evaluation and the homework that students need to accomplish. Planning lessons is one of the important skills that a professional teacher must develop to become an effective educator.
Website Resources for Lesson Plans
There are three simple and easy to use website resources for lesson plans that are my favorites as they offer a collection of lessons that were used by teachers for students in the pre-school, elementary, high school and vocational level. These websites are: HotChalk’s LessonPlansPage.com (http://www.lessonplanspage.com), Educator’s Reference Desk (http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons) and Columbia Education Center Lesson Plans (http://www.col-ed.org/cur).
HotChalk’s LessonPlansPage.com has over 3,500 free lesson plans that are arranged by subject areas. It is also convenient to keep tract of any latest additions or seasonal lessons as the website is well organized. The users have the option to use the search engine to locate for specific lesson plan topics. Educators may also contribute their own lesson plan, participate in the forum and subscribe to the newsletter. This website has a guide in developing a quality lesson plan.
The Educator’s Reference Desk has a collection of more than 2000 unique lesson plans that are included in Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) which links to over 40,000 online education resources. The uniqueness of this website is that it offers lesson plans for higher education, vocational education and adult/continuing education in addition to the preschool, elementary and high school levels. The website is simple to use and lessons plans are arranged by subject. It also includes a search engine in locating for lesson plans in the GEM database. This website also has a guide in writing a lesson plan.
The Columbia Education Center Lesson Plans has lesson plans created by classroom teachers in subject areas such as language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects for the elementary, intermediate and high school levels. Some of their lessons plans were listed by Microsoft in the Encarta Lesson Connection. This website has a link to the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse that will benefit math and science teachers. In addition, it has a collection of links to other internet based lesson plans and resources.
All the website resources for lesson plans above are simple, well organized and easy to use. In addition to the collection of lesson plans, there are also useful links and resources that educators and parents may use in teaching their students and children respectively. Whether the instructors are beginners or well experienced, the lesson plans may be used for classroom purposes or may serve as a guide in developing their own lesson plan.
Columbia Education Center (n.d.). Columbia education center lesson plans. Retrieved on June 15, 2008 from http://www.col-ed.org/cur
Educator’s Reference Desk (n.d.). Lesson plans. Retrieved on June 15, 2008 from http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons
HotChalk, Inc. (2008). Lesson plans. Retrieved on June 15, 2008 from http://www.lessonplanspage.com