Planning from soup to nuts

Lesson and Unit Planning

This page includes Imaginative Education planning resources as well as traditional formats (scroll down) for lesson plans. The obvious activity here would be to plan a lesson. We recommend that in doing so you attempt to stretch yourself by working in an area less familiar to you. You will be doing yourself a favor in the long run if you plan across the curriculum now. Also, try creating plans that you can imagine yourself actually using.

Even if you begin with a plan from the web, see if you can add to the plan with some of the resources below. There are many fine lesson plans and lesson plan sites on the web but you can place your own mark on your teaching style and you want to be sure to develop the skills of creating interesting lessons for your students.

Lesson planning as a critical teaching practice (in other words, going beyond creating lessons that just fulfill standards and considering the classroom context).


Imaginative Education planning resources
This list of binary opposites gets creative thinking going.

Heroic qualities


There are three "lenses" through which you can look at curriculum. Each one has at least one guide and a couple of different blank formats. Even if you are planning a "traditional" lesson, have a look at some of this because it may help you to make the lesson more compelling for the kids to borrow some ideas from here.
Mythic
Romantic
Philosophical














These frameworks ask you to think about your lesson topic in ways that help you connect the lesson to your student.

Imaginative Education sample lesson plans
http://www.ierg.net/lessonplans/unit_plans.php

Information on Project Planning:


A ton of possible formats. It's interesting to look at a number of these so you can see the types of elements all of them have in common and the ways in which lesson and unit plans differ in format.

















How to Make a Unit Plan
Making a unit plan:
1. Choose a topic
2. Choose major themes
3. Choose activities that teach the topic, but match the themes
4. Choose what subjects the activities and topics cover
5. Investigate what standards can be covered by the topic, subject, and activities plan
6. Plan how long you have to teach the unit
7. Recheck to make sure activities can be done in that time
8. Break the unit into smaller units, if it's a month long unit break it down into weeks, then break the smaller units into even smaller units, until have a layout of how the whole unit will go
9. Take the activities and standards and break them into the time you have given yourself
10. Plan the lessons/activities
11. Teach and have fun

This is a rubric teachers can use when planning and teaching a unit:

This is one way to set up a lesson plan for a unit( this can also be manipulated to show various days rather than specific times for one day):

This is an example single lesson plan:


This is what a planned out week might look like: