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Top 10 Lesson Plan Template Forms and Websites

Updated on July 18, 2016
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

Printable Lesson Templates, Forms, and Planning Guidance

I like experimenting with new ways to approach lesson planning. If you're looking for some fresh lesson templates, printable forms, and organizational support, these ten websites provide great tools to help you in your planning.

The variety of templates range from simple fill-in-the-blank forms created by other teachers for a variety of lesson planning needs, to more sophisticated Web 2.0 lesson templates with interactive help, state and national standards alignment, collaboration, and more extensive planners.

Listed in order below are my top ten favorite sites for fill-in-the-blank type templates and Web 2.0 interactive templates.

#1 Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template Model

Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template Model
Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template Model

The Madeline Hunter Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Model is the one I used when I started teaching. For more than 30 years, it has been the most broadly used lesson plan template. It is based on Madeline Hunter's research into effective teaching and the eight essential elements of lessons at all grade levels.

This version, from Dr. Helen Mongan-Rallis, does an excellent job of providing guidance on the basic elements in this type of lesson plan. Most of the lesson plans you see online follow some variation of this template. The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) has many outstanding examples of lessons using the Madeline Hunter template.

#2 Understanding by Design Unit Plan Template—Backward Design Process

Understand by Design Lesson Plan Template
Understand by Design Lesson Plan Template

About 15 years ago, with the emphasis on standardized goals and learning objectives, a holistic lesson approach took shape: Understanding by Design.

The template for UbD emphasizes beginning with the end in mind—establishing learning goals for a curriculum unit and then working backwards. The framework was designed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. You can learn more about the UbD concept at Authentic Education.

It's important to understand that this template is best used for planning a unit. It is not designed to be used as a daily lesson plan template. Think of UbD as the framework from which daily lesson plans and assessments can be designed.

Understanding by Design Guide Book: Begin at Your Destination

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units
The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

We all want our students to know how to summarize paragraphs, or solve quadratic equations, or analyze the causes of World War II. The UbD approach to lesson planning is to start with the final goal or learning objective and then work backward to build the lesson plans. Start with the objective, then build the assessment, then create the tasks that will help your students learn the skills to pass the assessment and accomplish the objective.

 

#3 Teach21 Unit and Lesson Plan Templates and Design

Teach21 Lesson and Unit Plan Templates
Teach21 Lesson and Unit Plan Templates

The West Virginia Department of Education has posted some excellent templates and guidance for creating quality lesson plans. Teach21 also has a template designed specifically for project-based learning plans.

#4 Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Templates

Google Docs Lesson Plan Templates
Google Docs Lesson Plan Templates | Source

Google Docs has an enormous collection of lesson plan templates and forms created by users. As with other collections, these include individual plans, weekly planners, unit planners, and monthly planning tools. To help you wade through such a large collection, Google offers helpful sorting tools for highest rated and most frequently used plans.

#5 Microsoft Office Blank Lesson Plan Templates

Microsoft Office Lesson Plan Templates
Microsoft Office Lesson Plan Templates

Microsoft Office users contributed more than 25 templates and forms to this collection of Microsoft Word and Excel based Lesson Plan Templates. There are individual lesson templates, weekly planner templates, unit plan templates, and homeschool templates available in this collection.

Remember, you don't need Microsoft Office to use these forms. There are freeware packages available online or for download, such as Google Docs, ThinkFree Office and OpenOffice, that are compatible to use with Word and Excel documents.

#6 Have Fun Teaching Lesson Plan Templates

Have Fun Teaching Lesson Plan Templates
Have Fun Teaching Lesson Plan Templates

Have Fun Teaching offers five generic, printable lesson plan templates in several formats. They include a template for daily planning to state standards, ESOL strategies, lesson planning supplements, a weekly plan, and a five-subject plan. Most plans are in PDF format. There are also templates for specific subjects and for specific grade levels up to sixth grade.

A free PDF editor that will let you fill out these forms (but not alter them) is available for use on Google Chrome from PDFescape Free PDF Editor.

#7 Education Oasis Lesson Plan Templates and Guidance

Education Oasis Lesson Plan Template
Education Oasis Lesson Plan Template

Education Oasis offers detailed guidance on the Madeline Hunter template for creating lesson plans. The author of the article, Dr. Bob Kizlik, describes five of the most common mistakes in lesson planning and how to avoid them.

#8 UDL Lesson Builder

CAST UDL Lesson Builder
CAST UDL Lesson Builder

An interactive web-based lesson plan template for creating lessons for students of varied learning abilities in the classroom is the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). The site has several excellent lesson plan samples that illustrate how to construct differentiated lessons to meet a variety of student needs, skills, and aptitudes. This interactive template provides plenty of guidance and tips for creating a plan.

Learn more about UDL here. Free registration is required to create lessons.

Using UDL to Teach Every Student

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning
Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

In today's classroom, students have a wide range of skills, knowledge, and learning abilities. In schools, there is an increasing emphasis for teachers to differentiate instruction to meet this diversity. This book does an excellent job of explaining Universal Design of Learning and how to create flexible lessons for all types of learners. The UDL lesson planning template above helps you to put the principles into practice.

 

#9 Standards Toolbox Lesson Plan Template

Standards Toolbox Lesson Plan Template
Standards Toolbox Lesson Plan Template

Another Web 2.0 interactive lesson builder can be found in Standards Toolbox, which provides standards-aligned lesson planning tools including templates and a weekly calendar planner. Additional tools include a test generator and gradebook, as well as graphic organizers for your subject area/grade level. All of these tools are free to individual teachers.

#10 LearnBoost Lesson Plan Template and Tools

LearnBoost Interactive Lesson Plan Template and Tools
LearnBoost Interactive Lesson Plan Template and Tools

If you use Google apps for Education or Google Calendar, you'll find the LearnBoost interactive lesson planner particularly useful. It has a weekly planner that can be integrated with your Google calendar. In addition to the template form is a grade-book and seating chart.

Expect to see more features soon, as it's a relatively new app.

A Basic Lesson Plan Format

More Lesson Plan Template Options

Donna Young's Homeschool Lesson Planners

A collection of weekly and daily lesson planner templates especially useful to homeschooling parents.

Project Overview | Buck Institute for Education

A form for planning project-based units from the Buck Institute for Education.

Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students

Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades, and school notices.

Daily Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers

Nine simple lesson plan templates in PDF format to meet a variety of teaching requirements and styles. Tools allow users to search for over 120,000 original lesson plans found on hundreds of different sites throughout the Internet.

Free Lesson Plan Templates | TeachersPayTeachers.com

More than 180 free lesson plan forms, units, and weekly planner templates created by teachers. Some are designed for specific subjects and grade levels.

Action Flow Lesson Plan Template - TeachersPayTeachers.com

This action flow lesson plan template allows for teachers to differentiate instruction for up to three instructional groups using an Excel spreadsheet format.

Project Based Learning Lesson Plan Template & Instructions

Excellent detailed instructions and template for projects. This five-concept template created by Leecy Wise, with instructions by Gloria Edwards for U.S. Dept of Education, Star Schools.

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      Heidi Reina 2 months ago from USA

      I'm glad you found it useful. Happy planning!

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      jyotirmayee behera 2 months ago

      Thanks .....this is very helpful for me

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      Heidi Reina 2 years ago from USA

      Yes, Mrs. Hunter's is a classic. Nowadays, though, I'm drawn more and more into the project based learning model and the West Virginia site mentioned above has an excellent template for that. Thanks for your feedback, Melissae.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      Thanks for such an informative post. I teach sixth-grade English, and I still use Mrs. Hunter's template~even after thirty years. Keep fighting the good fight.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 years ago

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      Wakhinuddin 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot ........... I am using it

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      IanTaher 3 years ago

      Nice teaching plan templates share! Thanks a lot!

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      karen550 lm 3 years ago

      These are wonderful! Do you have any using the workshop model?

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Thanks bunches for the useful links. I knew of some of these, but there are a few I can't wait to check out.

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

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      BestForTheMoneyz 4 years ago

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      ConnieGreen LM 4 years ago

      Excellent resources here - thanks so much! I'm a former classroom teacher who now teaches marketing online, so these will come in handy and make my lessons much better

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      TinyMonstersCheats 4 years ago

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      Heidi Reina 4 years ago from USA

      @LewisAndKatie: tes.co.uk is a fantastic site. I listed it on LearningReviews.com as a teacher lesson planning tool with resources across the spectrum - easily adaptable to US common core standards. Gook luck in your teaching career.

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      LewisAndKatie 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! Im training to be a teacher and it was hard finding a template to use. In the UK we have this website www.tes.co.uk/ which has fantastic resources and plans on and this helped me find a template I liked! Check it out if you haven't heard of it!

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      cool! this would help teachers a lot in developing their lesson plans!

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      AdeelAthar LM 4 years ago

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